Linux Professional Institute Certification Programs

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Linux Professional Institute (LPI) offers three different certification tracks. The core certification program, Linux Professional, contains three different levels addressing distinct aspects of Linux system administration. The organization also offers an introductory Essentials program for beginners in Linux and open source, as well as an Open Technology track for professionals working with additional technologies such as DevOps and BSD.

Availability and validity of the certifications[edit]

The exams are delivered onsite at Linux and open source events, or through the network of the test centres such as Pearson VUE.

The validity of a LPI certification is 5 years. The exception is the Linux Essentials certificate, which has lifetime validity.


Essentials Track[edit]

The Essentials Program was created for candidates who are starting a career in open source or who wish to test their level of Linux knowledge.

Linux Essentials[edit]

Linux Essentials is an entry level certificate that was introduced in 2012. The exam tests the candidate’s ability to use a basic command line editor and demonstrate an understanding of processes, programs and components of the Linux operating system.

Current Version: 1.6 (Exam code 010-160)
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification
Requirements: Passing the Linux Essentials 010 exam
Validity Period: Lifetime
Languages: English, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Dutch, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)

Planned languages to be released (2019): Italian, Spanish, French,

Linux Professional Certification Track[edit]

The Linux Professional Certification Program consists of the LPIC-1, LPIC-2, and LPIC-3 Enterprise certifications.

LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 certifications are focusing on Linux System Administration. LPIC-3 level of certifications has several specialities: LPIC-3 Enterprise Security, LPIC-3 Enterprise Mixed Environments and LPIC-3 Enterprise Virtualization and High Availability

LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 certifications each require passing two exams, while each LPIC-3 level of certification requires passing a single exam.

Each exam has a series of topics which make up the exam objectives. Each objective has an associated weight that corresponds to the frequency of exam questions from that objective.

Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1[edit]

LPIC-1 was first published on 11 January 2000 and was originally called Linux Server Professional (LPIC-1).[1] The certification was revised in 2005, 2012, 2015 and 2018.[1]

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

LPIC-1 certifies the ability to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking.

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 been merged into a single exam, and candidates are expected to know about both topics.

Current Version: 5.0 (Exam codes 101-500 and 102-500)
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification
Requirements: Passing exams 101 and 102
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Spanish

Planned languages to be released (2019): Italian, French,

LPIC-1 Exam 101 Topics[2][edit]

LPIC-1 Exam 102 Topics[3][edit]

  • Shells and Shell Scripting
  • User Interfaces and Desktops
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Essential System Services
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Security

Linux Professional Institute LPIC-2[edit]

LPIC-2[4] is the second certification in LPI’s multi-level professional certification program. This certification was first published on 29 November 2001 under the name Linux Network Professional (LPIC-2). The LPIC-2 certification was revised 2013 and February 2017.

LPIC-2 certifies the ability to administer small to medium–sized mixed networks, supervise assistants and advise the upper management.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have an active LPIC-1 certification to receive your LPIC-2 certification, but the LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 exams may be taken in any order.

Current Version: 4.5 (Exam codes 201-450 and 202-450).
Prerequisites: The candidate 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

Requirements: Passing exams 201 and 202
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese

LPIC-2 Exam 201 Topics[5][edit]

  • Capacity Planning
  • Linux kernel
  • System startup
  • Filesystem and Devices
  • Advanced Storage Device Administration
  • Networking Configuration
  • System Maintenance

LPIC-2 Exam 202 Topics[6][edit]

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

Linux Professional Institute LPIC-3[edit]

The LPIC-3 Certification program is designed for the enterprise-level Linux professional and represents the highest level of LPI's Linux Professional certification track. The LPIC-3 program consists of a single exam for each area of specialty; LPIC-3 300 Mixed Environment, LPIC-3 303 Security and LPIC-3 304 High Availability and Virtualization.

In order to receive the LPIC-3 certification, candidate must have an active LPIC-2 certification, but the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 exams may be taken in any order.

Passing at least one of the 300 series specialty exams (300, 303 or 304) leads to the LPIC-3 certification.

LPIC-3 300: Mixed Environments[7][edit]

The LPIC-3 300: Mixed Environment certification covers the administration of Linux systems enterprise-wide in a mixed environment

Current Version: 1.0 (Exam code 300-100)
Prerequisites: The candidate 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: Passing the 300 exam
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English, Japanese
LPIC- 3 Exam 300 Topics[8][edit]
  • OpenLDAP Configuration
  • OpenLDAP as an Authentication Backend
  • Samba Basics
  • Samba Share Configuration
  • Samba User and Group Management
  • Samba Domain Integration
  • Samba Name Services
  • Working with Linux and Windows Clients

LPIC-3 303: Security[9][edit]

The LPIC-3 303: Security certification covers the administration of Linux systems enterprise-wide with an emphasis on security.

Current Version: 2.0 (Exam code 303-200)
Prerequisites: The candidate 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: Passing the 303 exam
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English, Japanese
LPIC- 3 Exam 303 Topics[10][edit]

LPIC-3 304: Virtualization and High Availability[11][edit]

The LPIC-3 304: Virtualization and High Availability certification covers the administration of Linux systems enterprise-wide with an emphasis on Virtualization and High Availability.

Current Version: 2.0 (Exam code 304-200)
Prerequisites: The candidate 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: Passing the 304 exam
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English, Japanese
LPIC- 3 Exam 304 Topics[12][edit]
  • Virtualization
  • High Availability Cluster Management
  • High Availability Cluster Storage

Open Technology Track[edit]

Linux Professional Institute DevOps Tools Engineer[13][edit]

Linux Professional Institute DevOps Tools Engineer was published October 16, 2017. The exam tests proficiency in open source tools such as configuration automation and container virtualization, which are used to implement the DevOps collaboration model.

Current Version: 1.0 (Exam code 701-100)
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification.
Requirements: Passing the 701 exam
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English, Japanese

Linux Professional Institute BSD Specialist[14][edit]

Linux Professional Institute BSD Specialist certification focuses on the practical skills required to work successfully in a FreeBSD, NetBSD, or OpenBSD environment, and tests the knowledge and skills needed to administer BSD operating systems.

Current Version: 1.0 (Exam code 702-100)
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification.
Requirements: Passing the 702 exam
Validity Period: 5 years
Languages: English

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b LPIC-1: Linux System Administrator Certification
  2. ^ "LPIC-1 Exam 101: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  3. ^ "LPIC-1 Exam 102: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  4. ^ "LPIC-2 | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Exam 201: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Exam 202: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  7. ^ "LPIC-3 300: Mixed Environment | Linux Professional Institute". LPI.
  8. ^ "Exam 300: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  9. ^ "LPIC-3 303: Security | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Exam 303: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  11. ^ "LPIC-3 304: Virtualization and High Availability | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Exam 304: Detailed Objectives | Linux Professional Institute". LPI. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  13. ^ Linux Professional Institute DevOps Tools Engineer
  14. ^ Linux Professional Institute BSD Specialist

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