Linux Professional Institute Certification

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The Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) is a certification program in the field of Linux, provided by Linux Professional Institute. It is a multi-level certification program and each level of certification requires passing a number (usually two) of certification exams.

The initial structure of the program included a junior level certification (LPIC-1), an advanced level certification (LPIC-2) and a senior level certification (LPIC-3). The first levels are one track certifications focusing on Linux System Administration. The senior level certification has several specialities including Security and Virtualization.

Each exam has a series of topics as part of the curriculum. Each topic has an associated weight that corresponds to the frequency of exam questions from that topic.

Junior Level Administration (LPIC-1)[edit]

First published 11 January 2000, revised 2005, newly revised 2012 and regularly updated.

To be awarded LPIC level 1 the candidate must successfully pass two exams, 101 and 102. These can be taken in any order.

Previously the 101 exam was split into two alternative exams, one including questions on the RPM Package Manager, and the other on Deb (file format). After the update in 2005 these have now been merged into a single exam, and candidates are expected to know about both.

Objectives [1][edit]

Work at the command line.

Perform basic maintenance tasks.

Install and configure a workstation and connect it to a network.

Exam 101 topics [2][edit]

  • System Architecture
  • Linux Installation and Package Management
  • GNU and Unix Commands
  • Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

Exam 102 topics [3][edit]

  • Shells, Scripting and Data Management
  • User Interfaces and Desktops
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Essential System Services
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Security

Advanced Level Administration (LPIC-2)[edit]

First published 29 November 2001. Latest revised 2012 and regularly updated.

To be awarded LPIC level 2 the candidate must successfully pass two exams, 201 and 202. These can be taken in any order, but the candidate must have LPIC-1 before taking the exams.

Objectives [4][edit]

Administer a small to medium-sized site containing Microsoft and Linux servers.

Supervise assistants.

Advise upper management.

Exam 201 topics [5][edit]

  • Linux Kernel
  • System Startup
  • Filesystem and Devices
  • Advanced Storage Device Administration
  • Networking Configuration
  • System Maintenance
  • Domain Name Server

Exam 202 topics [6][edit]

  • Web Services
  • File Sharing
  • Network Client Management
  • E-Mail Services
  • System Security
  • Troubleshooting

Senior Level Linux Professional (LPIC-3)[edit]

The LPIC-3 Certification program represents the culmination of LPI's Certification Program. LPIC-3 is designed for the "enterprise-level" Linux professional. The LPIC-3 program consists of a single exam for LPIC-3 "Core" designation. A number of "specialty" exams are proposed as additional designations on top of the LPIC-3 "Core" certification. Proposed specialties include the following: Mixed Environment, Security, High Availability and Virtualization, Web and Intranet, and Mail and Messaging. The first such "specialty" designation, "Mixed Environment" was made available in January 2007 and "Security" was released in February 2009.

Pre-Requisites: you must have an active LPIC-2 certification to receive LPIC-3 certification, but the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 exams may be taken in any order. Requirements: Core—passing the 301 exam. Specialty—passing the 301 exam and any one of the LPI 302 - 306 exams to receive the respective specialty certification.

Currently the LPI site lists objectives for 3 "specialty" designations 302, 303, and 304. Exam 304 is Virtualization. The site currently does not list a release date for the other designations. [7]

Linux Essentials[edit]

In 2012 an entry level certification called Linux Essentials was introduced. This certification requires only one exam.


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