If you are going to build a career as a system administrator, whose responsibilities include supporting Linux systems, getting the CompTIA Linux+ certification is what you really need. This designation will validate your skills and show that you are a competent professional.
Since more and more enterprises use Linux in mobile, web administration apps, cloud and cybersecurity, Linux+ IT professionals should be able to operate smartphones, servers, and supercomputers. To prove their skills, candidates need to pass one exam, XK0-004 or its newer beta version XK1-005. The exam checks 6 main skills that refer to hardware and system configuration, system operation and maintenance, security, Linux diagnostics and troubleshooting, automation and scripting. This implies your ability to deal with kernel modules, cloud, storage, and virtualization technologies. Also, this encompasses competence in describing server roles, job scheduling, usage of Linux devices as well as managing them, working with best practices, authentication, file management, and firewalls. Other skills evaluated here involve dealing with app and hardware issues, analyzing system properties and procedures, as well as carrying out basic BASH scripts, orchestration processes, and version control usage.
Before taking this exam, you need to possess the A+, Network+, and at least 1 year of admin experience. Diving deep in the exam content, the XK0-004 contains 90 questions, which are to be solved within 90 minutes. The question included in the test are of performance-based, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and multiple response types. You need to score 720 points to pass the exam and before taking the test, pay $338 and schedule it on the Pearson VUE platform.
Since December 3rd, 2021 you can sit for the XK1-005 beta exam which will cost you just $50. It mainly checks your skills in how Linux powers the cloud. This version consists of 113 multiple-choice and performance based questions, which you are to complete within 165 minutes.
So, the distinct feature of the Linux+ designation, is that it is the only job-centered exam that checks the latest skills demanded on the IT market, its exam includes multiple-choice and performance-based questions, and includes tasks that are focused on the main distributions of Linux.
Having the Linux+ certification you are open to a wide variety of prospects. Thus, you can apply for such job roles as Linux administrator, technical support specialist, systems administrator, network or web administrator. You can be hired in such companies and organizations as the U.S. Department of Defense, American NAVY, Dell, or General Dynamics, to mention a few. It means that the Linux+ certification is a reputable one. With it, you can earn annually about $76,000, as indicated on the PayScale website.
Speaking of the Linux+ accreditation, it will be valid for 3 years. Before it expires you need to participate in the Continuing Education program, gain at least 50 CEU or a certification of the higher level (Cloud+), which will update your skills and automatically renew your certification.