Linux Professional Institute

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Linux Professional Institute
Linux Professional Institute logo.png
Logo of LPI
Founded October 25, 1999
Type 149(1), Income Tax Act (Canada)
Focus IT qualification
Products LPIC

The Linux Professional Institute Inc. (LPI) is a non-profit organization that provides vendor-independent certification for Linux system administrators and programmers.

The Linux Professional Institute Certifications (LPIC) provide a L pi that can be used to indicate that someone is competent at a certain lively .

LPI Certification Program[edit]

The exams cover a range of different Linux based topics. The exams are available in almost every country in the world, and are translated into a number of different languages.

The exams are primarily multiple choice questions, with some written answers. These are either taken using a computer based system, or using a paper based exam.

The organisation encourages active community participation in creating and updating exams. Anyone can use the exam Objectives Development wiki, or the Exam Development Mailing List to participate in the creation of new exams and the update of the existing ones.

The exams are distribution-neutral, requiring a general knowledge of Linux rather than specifics about a certain distribution. This is shown in the way that the exams deal with the differing package management formats .deb and .rpm. In earlier versions of the test one of these was chosen by the candidate; in the current version the candidate is expected to know both formats.

The LPI program has a three level hierarchy for professional certifications. Each level is mapped to one certification, as follows:

  • [1] Professional Development Certificate
  • LPIC-1: Linux Server Professional
  • LPIC-2: Linux Network Professional
  • LPIC-3: Linux Enterprise Professional


The Linux Professional Institute Inc. was incorporated as a Canadian non-profit organization on the 25 October 1999. It is headquartered near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The exams are not normally administered by Linux Professional Institute Inc., but instead through one of their training partners. Most exams are administered through a Pearson VUE test centre. Also a number of exams offered at major Linux and IT trade shows and conferences where the exams are often available at a reduced price, or sometimes even free of charge.

The LPI is also a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium.

International affiliates[edit]

LPI works with organizations around the world to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux, Open Source and Free Software. This work involves a strategy of assisting and co-operating with existing organizations that share similar interests. Our "Regional Enablement Initiative" focuses on identifying the best partner organizations in regions around the globe that are best suited for the task of promoting Linux professionalism and are also able, with our assistance, to identify other partner organizations.[1]

The first Master Affiliate in the United Kingdom was Open Forum Europe, appointed in December 2004.[2] The current Master Affiliate for the United Kingdom and Ireland[3] is Future Cert.[4]

Recertification policy[edit]

LPI has changed its recertification policy three times from its founding. At first there was no recertification policy, but on 1 September 2004 LPI decided to introduce a ten-year recertification policy in order to supply relevant and current skills. Certification designations earned before 1 September 2004 were considered lifetime designations and were not affected by that policy. Again on 1 December 2006 LPI decided that the provided skills were not relevant and current so they introduced a five-year recertification policy.[5] Candidates who have earned LPIC certifications will have to re-certify every five years or alternatively earn a higher certification status even if their certification was earned prior to 1 September 2004. However, certification designations earned prior to 1 September 2003 were considered ACTIVE certifications until September 1, 2008.

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