The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) offers a series of Linux certifications (designated LPIC) aimed at professionals who wish to demonstrate general Linux skills and competencies from beginner through to senior level.
The LPI certifications are vendor-independent and distribution-neutral which provides candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate all-round, general Linux skills as well as providing a progressive certification path that may be viewed as more portable than a proprietary Linux certification. Additionally, the three separate tiers of the LPI credential (LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3) provide various starting points, and a natural progression, for candidates depending on their existing Linux skill level.
The three LPIC certification levels are:
- LPIC-1 Junior Level Linux Professional
- LPIC-2 Intermediate Level Linux Professional
- LPIC-3 Senior Level Linux Professional
Each level is a stand-alone credential in its own right so candidates can choose to stop at any particular level. Each lower level, however, is a pre-requisite for each of the levels above it (i.e. LPIC-1 is required to qualify to take LPIC-2, and LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 are both required to be eligible for LPIC-3).
In early 2010, LPI reached an agreement with both Novell and CompTIA to harmonize their Linux exams based on the LPI standard. This gives candidates the chance to earn the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC-1, Novell's CLA, and CompTIA's Linux+ Powered by LPI all at the same time - essentially three Linux certifications for the price of one. To achieve this, candidates must start with, and pass, CompTIA's Linux+. There's an option on that exam where candidates can allow their records to be sent to the LPI. By choosing this option the candidate can then apply for, and will be awarded, the LPIC-1 credential. Once those two are in hand, the candidate can apply for, and will be awarded, Novell's CLA. The three-for-one offer only works in that direction, i.e. CompTIA first, then LPI, then Novell.
All LPI exams are computer-based, meaning candidates sit at a remote computer terminal and answer a series of multiple-choice and short answer questions.
Click on the respective links above for more information about each track or go straight to our directory of free LPI study resources.