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Linux Professional Institute Certification

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Introduction to the LPIC Exams

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The Linux Professional Institute offer a certification programme. Certifications in administrating the Linux operating system can help employers wanting to recruit knowledgeable employees, and help those applying for a new job. The LPIC series of exams are vendor neutral which means that someone passing the exams should be able to handle both RedHat and Debian based linux distributions.

The information on this page, and the practice exams is not endorsed by LPI or any other organisations. It is provided as is, for use during exam preperation. No liability can be accepted in any way for use of these materials. See the site information for more details.

There are 3 levels within the certification process, and you need to pass two exams to reach each level. The levels are:

Junior Level Linux Professional (LPIC-1)

To be able to pass the LPIC-1 exams you need to be familiar with using Linux on the command line; performing simple maintenance tasks; managing users; configuring the X window system and connecting to a network.

Advanced Level Linux Professional (LPIC-2)

To reach advanced level certification you are expected to be able to administer a medium sized linux based site, including being able to implement servers, gateways (firewalls / proxies) and identify and fix problems within Linux and mixed environment.

Senior Level Linux Professional (LPIC-3)

The senior level is aimed as though managing Linux computers in an enterprise level environment. There is a core exam, followed an LPI specialty from two options. 302 is for mixed environment speciality and 303 is for security specialty.

About the Exams

The exams are either computer based, or paper based. The following provide some more information about taking the exams.

Practice Exams

To help with revision there is a:

Learning Materials / Tutorials

The following resources can help with preperation for the Linux Certification Exams. Most of these were written prior to the 2009 update to the exams. Much of the content is still valid, although some of the sections have moved between exams. Please check that the information is inline with the current objectives if using any of these materials.

The reviews section also lists some books that can help with Linux Certification. Or buy the LPIC-1 (book) - 2009 version