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IBM Certification PLUS for IBM Cloud® Paks and Red Hat OpenShift

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The IBM Professional Certification program is announcing an exciting enhancement to IBM’s credential strategy with the introduction of the new IBM Certification PLUS achievement. This unique class of certification reflects an innovative approach for combining traditional IBM certifications with other complementary and verifiable high-stakes certification and specialization credentials from IBM, third-party organizations, or both.


For the initial launch, IBM is excited to announce that we are collaborating with Red Hat to create and publish the first IBM Certification PLUS stackable certification offerings, which will combine certification credentials covering IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift.


“Red Hat Certification exams are designed to be hands-on to verify IT professionals have the right skills to use our software in real world, on-the-job situations,” shared Ken Goetz, global vice president of Core Services for Red Hat. “In fact, a recent IDC study sponsored by Red Hat, found that customers saw an average three year ROI of 409% on Red Hat Certification because of increased efficiencies like faster development, more productive teams, and effective onboarding. Certifications allow customers to have greater confidence in their teams knowing that they can handle more challenging and complex tasks. We are looking forward to adding the validation of Red Hat skills to the IBM credential with this collaboration to help our customers succeed with their investments.”


A look inside IBM Certification PLUS

IBM Certification PLUS provides improved visibility and verification of expertise represented through separately earned achievements. It accomplishes this by combining credentials together to demonstrate broader and deeper mastery of skills associated with multiple technologies or job-roles. This unlocks more opportunities for career growth by the IBM Certification Plus credential holder, while also providing clients with greater confidence in the skills they expect of technical professionals.


Those who depend on verified credentials to showcase their capabilities, as well as employers looking to validate talent needed to fill roles requiring a unique mix of skills, will also benefit from this new program enhancement.


IBM Certification PLUS provides the ability to share and consume stacked credentials, making it easier for professionals to combine and validate individually earned and complementary certification credentials that showcase a greater level of subject matter and job-role mastery.


IBM Certification PLUS credentials are represented by a fully verifiable and visually distinctive digital badge embedded with rich metadata describing the achievement along with required certification criteria, showcasing the related skills and qualifications.

The first set of IBM Certification PLUS credentials released will showcase the combined expertise with IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift.

Additional information about this credential offering is available here.


How can I get started?

Preparing for professional certification requires access to in-depth product and solution training and IBM makes it easy for individuals to obtain the knowledge necessary to achieve the IBM Certification Plus for IBM Cloud Paks and Red Hat OpenShift.  The IBM Learning Subscription with Red Hat Learning Services provides a unique opportunity to participate in both IBM online training and Red Hat online training through one annual purchase.  You can learn more about this subscription offering as well as IBM’s other learning subscriptions at the following links:   and


Visit the IBM Certify website and subscribe to the IBM Training Blog for updates on future releases of additional IBM Certification Plus credential offerings.



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