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,[1] revised 2005, 2012 and February 2015.[1]

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.


Work at the command line.

Perform basic maintenance tasks.

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

Exam 101 topics[3][edit]

Exam 102 topics[4][edit]

  • Shell Programming & 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 2013 and regularly updated.

Prerequisites: You must have an active LPIC-1 certification to receive LPIC-2 certification, but the LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 exams may be taken in any order. The validity of a LPI certification is 5 years, so if you want to pass it after the LPIC-1 got inactive, you will have to pass again the LPIC-1, and then pass the LPIC-2.


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

Supervise assistants.

Advise upper management.

Exam 201 topics[6][edit]

  • Capacity Planning
  • Linux Kernel
  • System Startup
  • Filesystem and Devices
  • Advanced Storage Device Administration
  • Networking Configuration
  • System Maintenance

Exam 202 topics[7][edit]

  • Domain Name Server
  • Web Services
  • File Sharing
  • Network Client Management
  • E-Mail Services
  • System Security

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.

Prerequisites: 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. The validity of a LPI certification is 5 years, so if you want to pass it after the LPIC-2 goes inactive, you will have to pass again the LPIC-1, the LPIC-2 and then the LPIC-3.

Requirements: Passing at least one of the 300 series specialty exams (300, 303 or 304).


  • 300 Mixed Environment (replaced 301 and 302 as of October 2013)
  • 303 Security
  • 304 Virtualization and High Availability

Linux Essentials[edit]

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

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