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[EX465 EXAM Voucher] – Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Rules

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Exam description

The Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Rules exam (EX465) is a performance-based validation of Red Hat® Decision Manager skills. A Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Rules has demonstrated the skills and knowledge to implement and manage business logic using Red Hat Decision Manager.

IT professionals taking this exam will be asked to perform a number of tasks, ranging in complexity from implementing very simple business rules using decision tables, to creating relatively complex business logic flows that require the use of conflict resolution techniques to ensure that the various rules fire in the correct order. Candidates are then evaluated on how well their implementations meet objective criteria such as producing a specific output given a specific set of inputs.

Familiarize yourself with the tools, environment, and requirements of the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Rules exam.

This exam is based on Red Hat Decision Manager 7.1.

Audience for this exam

  • Experienced enterprise Java™ developers who are familiar with service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles and JBoss ESB
  • Enterprise SOA architects with some Java development experience and knowledge of JBoss ESB

Recommended Training

NOTE: Red Hat training courses typically offer comprehensive preparation for the certification exams associated with the course. This course is considered an overview of the subject matter and does not provide thorough coverage of all exam objectives. Candidates for certification should review the exam objectives closely and engage in self-study using documentation and other means to prepare for the exam.

Business Rules

Candidates should be able to perform the tasks listed below:Designing Business Rules

  • Creating and using an intermediate drools model with associated facts
  • Organizing rules and managing facts
  • Understanding and using effective rule design patterns


  • Basic rules
  • Calendars
  • Decision tables
  • Rule templates
  • DSL

Conflict Resolution

  • Prioritizing and ordering rule execution
  • Grouping rules
  • Using rule flow groups

Session Management

  • Building common object
  • Stateless kie session
  • Stateful kie session
  • Adding, removing and updating facts

Testing and Maintenance

  • Creating effective test scenarios
  • Identifying potential issues including poorly designed rules


  • Understanding the impacts of different rule designs and implementations
  • Identifying and avoiding common, inefficient results such as cartesian products


  • Deploying and managing rules
  • Creating and using snapshots


There are no prerequisites to take this exam but it is recommended that an individual take the Implementing Red Hat JBoss BRMS (AD465), Red Hat Decision Manager and Process Automation Manager for Business Users (AD371) and Red Hat Decision Manager and Red Hat Process Automation Manager 7.0 for Developers (AD373) courses.

Please note that these courses provide a good introduction to Decision Manager and Process Automation Manager, but they do not offer the level of in-depth, hands-on experience with Decision Manager required for this exam. We strongly recommend that all exam candidates take the time to practice using Decision Manager before attempting the exam. Additional tutorials, videos, and practice material can be found on the web, including at Eric D. Schabell’s site and the Drools project site and documentation repository.

Exam format

This exam is a performance-based evaluation of implementation and management skills and knowledge of Red Hat JBoss BRMS. Candidates perform a number of tasks and are evaluated on whether they have met specific objective criteria. Performance-based testing means that candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.

Prospective employers of people with the Red Hat Certified Specialist in Business Rules should verify any and all claims by people claiming to hold this credential by requesting their certification ID and verifying it using the Red Hat certification verification tool.

The exam is organized as follows:

Business Rules: 4.0 hours

Scores and reporting

Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 U.S. business days.

Exam results are reported as section scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.

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