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LPI Certifications

Introductory Programs

Professional Certifications

LPI Exams

  • 010-150 - Entry Level Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement
  • 010-160 - Linux Essentials Certificate Exam, version 1.6
  • 101-500 - LPIC-1 Exam 101
  • 102-500 - LPI Level 1
  • 201-450 - LPIC-2 Exam 201
  • 202-450 - LPIC-2 Exam 202
  • 300-100 - LPIC-3 Exam 300: Mixed Environments
  • 300-300 - LPIC-3 Mixed Environments
  • 303-200 - Security
  • 304-200 - LPIC-3 Virtualization & High Availability
  • 305-300 - Linux Professional Institute LPIC-3 Virtualization and Containerization
  • 701-100 - LPIC-OT Exam 701: DevOps Tools Engineer
  • 702-100 - BSD Specialist

LPI (The Linux Professional Institute Inc.) is a Canada-based non-profit global organization that offers vendor-neutral professional certifications for the IT professionals, such as, Linux system administrators and programmers.

This institute was established on 25 October, 1999. It is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Currently, having more than 200,000 certificate owners in more than 180 countries, LPI administers qualifying exams in several languages and has hundreds of educational partners.

Moreover, LPI maintains the highestlevel of standard and professionalism in itsaccreditation process to meet the needs of both motivated IT specialists and the companies that will employ them in Linux, BSD, and open source technologies. The certification exams are usually delivered through the Pearson VUE test center.

At the same time, the organization encourages dynamic community participation in building and updating exams. Anybody can apply the Exam Development Mailing List or the Objectives Development wiki to partake in new exam creation and updating the existing tests.


The certification program is carefully designed and divided into 3 main categories to prove the expertise of candidates on multiple levels.

     – EssentialsAccreditation Track

This category is represented by one designation known as LPI Linux Essentials that validates the fundamental knowledge regarding the process of using a desktop or mobile device through a Linux Operating System.

This program has been specially designed for the youths and individuals who are a novice to Linux and Open Source technology. It provides candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate their confident knowledge of basic concepts as regards Linux Operating System, computer hardware, Open Source Applications, navigation systems on a Linux Desktop, etc. It will be enough to pass the 010-160 exam online or at the nearest VUE testing office to get this certificate without an expiration date.

     – Linux Professional Accreditation Track

The Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) program certifies the systems administrators possessing the expertise in the Linux operating system and appropriate tools. The structure of this multi-level qualification path has been divided into the basic level certification (LPIC-1), intermediate level certification (LPIC-2), and advanced level certifications (LPIC-3). The first one verifies your skills to complete tasks related to configuring basic networking and configuring a computer that runs Linux. The LPIC-2 certification can be obtained after earning the LPIC-1 designation. This certification proves your skills to administer both small and medium-sized mixed networks. LPIC-3 includes 3 certifications:

– Mixed Environments (checks your skills to apply Linux services in an enterprise-wide mixed environment);

– Security (testifies your ability to harden and secure Linux-based services, servers, and networks enterprise-wide).

– Virtualization and High Availability ( is all about using Linux-based technologies used to apply enterprise-wide virtualization and HA setups).

As you understand it, you need to get a lower-level certificate in order to pass the next level of the LPIC accreditation journey. Also, keep in mind that each professional qualification you receive is valid for 5 years.

     – Open Technology Accreditation Track

The Open Technology professional qualification pathway is designed to confirm candidates' expertise in using various open technology tools, including BSD Specialist and DevOps tools.

Therefore, two designations are available to interested professionals. The first is the LPI DevOps Tools Engineer certificate designed for specialists in various DevOps-related areas that include architecture, machine deployment, configuration management as well as monitoring process.

At the same time, the second option is the LPI BSD Specialist accreditation, which will benefit people with advanced skills in the NetBSD, OpenBSD, or FreeBSD environments, as well as advanced knowledge of BSD operating systems administration.

Each Open Technology certificate involves passing one accreditation exam, which has no prerequisites. While the qualification obtained is also valid for 5 years.


In addition, LPI also offers Learning Materials, which include both preparatory tools developed by the official vendor as well as resources from authorized training partners. In this way, all candidates have access to comprehensive manuals that are updated according to the content of the qualifying exams, as well as courses and practice tests.