LPI stands for the Linux Professional Institute. LPI was created to set the foundation for a globally recognized standard for the certification of Linux IT professionals. The LPI certification program was created to meet the desires of both IT professionals and the businessesthat employ these professionals. In order toattain this goal the Linux Professional Institute hasadopted a comprehensive andvendor neutral program.
Some of the highlights of the LPI Certification Program are as follows:
- It is created by the Linux professional community consisting of teachers, professionals, and industry experts.
- It is challenging and rewarding. You will absolutely need to know the subject matter well if you hope to pass.
- It maintains a quality level of excellence. The program solicits input from various IT/Linux professionals and experts to ensure the highest quality standards are met.
- It is vendor neutral, so you can be certain that your knowledge of the underlying Linux system is tested, and not some specific vendor implementation of it. This is true both for the operating system as well as the training involved. A variety of preparation methods are available for LPI certification, not just one specific training partner.
- The LPI program us consistently updated, using input from various IT professionals to ensure that relevant and up to date information is being tested.
- The LPI program is sponsored and supported by a high number of different organizations and Linux based projects.
- Finally, it is well respected. Holding an LPI certification is something that any Linux/IT professional can be proud of.
To become LPIC-1 certified, 2 different exams must be passed, which are exam 101 and exam 102. These exams are discussed in more detail below.
Exam 101 information:
This is the first of two mandatory exams for the Linux Professional Institute certification Level 1 (LPIC-1). This exam consists of testing the basic skills needed by Linux professionals to operate and maintain all of the collective Linux installations.
Exam 101 consists of the following main topics:
- System Architecture
- Linux Installation and Package Management
- GNU and Unix Commands
- Devices, Linux File systems, File system Hierarchy Standard
Exam 102 information:
This is the second of two mandatory exams for the Linux Professional Institute certification Level 1 (LPIC-1).This exam consists of testing the basic skills needed by Linux professionals to operate and maintain all of the collective Linux installations.
Exam 102 consists of the following main topics:
- Shells, Scripting and Data Management
- User Interfaces and Desktops
- Administrative Tasks
- Essential System Services
- Networking Fundamentals
Who should become LPIC-1certified?
In order to become LPIC-1 certified, you should have the following skill set:
- Be familiar with the Linux CLI (Command Line Interface).
- Be able to execute routine maintenance tasks, such as aiding other Linux users, add/delete users, perform backup and restore functions, shutdown the system and perform system reboots
- Perform system installations.
- Be able to configure a Linux workstation and connect it to a Local Area Network (LAN), or connect a standalone Linux workstation to the Internet.
Benefits of LPIC-1certification include:
- Boost your salary, job opportunities and credibility through this respected credential.
- Becoming officially accredited as a Linux Professional
- Demonstrate to your employers that you are motivated to fully understand the inner workings of Linux and prove your capability as a Linux end user.
- It can provide additional career advancement.
- It can provide greater recognition from peers.
- It can significantly affirm and enhance your professional skills, improve your employment prospects, and boost your salary.
- Establishes your skill set for distinct Linux related tasks.
- Easily validates your ability to a possible partner, supplier, contractor or employer.
The experience gained during the certification process helped me a great deal in learning to balance my on the jobtime and my study time. It assisted me in becoming a more mature and responsible employee and student. The knowledge I gained in obtaining this degree gave me the added confidence to perform my every day job functions in a more professional way.
I completed this certificationas a validation of my knowledge. In the process, I have learned a great deal about underlying working of Linux based systems. I highly recommend this for anyone beginning a career in Linux operating systems.
Tim Anderson, IT Systems Analyst, Stratton-Marks Solutions, Inc.