LPIC-1 Certification

  1. LPIC Information
  2. LPIC-1
  3. LPIC-2
  4. LPIC-3

What is the LPIC-1 Certification?
The LPIC-1 certification track, from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), is the first-step, entry-level Linux credential along the LPIC certification ladder.

Candidates who wish to progress on to the higher-level LPIC certifications first need to pass the LPIC-1. The scope of the LPI Junior level certification means that successful candidates who pass the LPIC-1 exam will have sufficient knowledge with Linux to operate reasonably with the Linux command line, be able to carry out simple administration tasks such as user and object setup and control, backups, system monitoring and workstation configuration. The LPIC-1 is required for candidates wishing to go on and earn the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 credentials, or those wanting to achieve either SUSE CLA certification or CompTIA's Linux+ Powered by LPI certification (see below).

Are there any prerequisites required to take the LPIC-1?
No, although some Linux administration experience is recommended.
How do I earn the LPIC-1 Certification?
To obtain the LPI Linux Junior Level certification a candidate needs to pass two exams (for an overview of the exam objectives for the LPIC-1 exams, click the respective links below):
Each exam consists of 60 questions with a total time frame of 90 minutes to complete them. Occasionally, candidates will receive a test with extra questions interspersed throughout the exam. The LPI uses these questions (called 'pilot items') for research and evaluation purposes for future upgrades to the LPIC exams. These questions are not graded and do not count towards a candidate's final score, however extra time is allocated to the candidate to finish the exam. In such cases, candidates can expect an exam with 80 questions and 120 minutes to complete them. Candidates must score at least 500 on a scale of 200-800 to pass, however questions for each exam can be 'weighted' differently meaning the number of questions needed to be answered correctly can vary.

The two exams can be taken in any order and candidates can take up to five years to complete the second of the two exams before the first exam must be retaken.

Candidates will be advised of a pass/fail score at the conclusion of their exam, and successful candidates can expect to receive their LPIC-1 certificate through the mail within 2-5 weeks. Successful candidates will appear on LPI's website in their 'candidate area' within a couple of days of successfully passing the exams.

Will I have to renew the LPIC-1 Certification at some stage?
In order to maintain an active LPIC credential, candidates are required to complete and pass any current exams related to their highest level LPIC certificate within 5 years of passing their last exam. For example, LPIC-2 holders need only pass (within 5 years) the relevant current LPIC-2 exams to keep both their LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 credentials valid. Candidates who do not update within 5 years must retake all their LPIC level credentials if they then wish to upgrade at a later date.

How much do the LPIC-1 exams cost?
The cost of the LPIC-1 exam can vary depending on a candidate's location and there may be adjustments for currency fluctuations, so check with your nearest testing station for the exact price.

Where to take the LPIC-1 exams
The exams can be taken through any Pearson VUE testing centre worldwide, although candidates should always check with their local centre to ensure availability.

Prior to taking the exam, candidates must first register with the LPI and obtain a LPI ID number.

LPI exam retake policy
If a candidate fails an LPIC-1 exam on their first attempt they must wait at least 7 days before attempting the exam again (and must pay the appropriate exam fee again). Subsequent failures means the candidate must wait 90 days between each successive attempt.