Founded in 1999, the non-profit Linux Professional Institute, or LPI, aims to promote the use of open-source code to support professionals who work with it. Therefore, LPI is today known as the career support organization and global accreditation standard, which has already benefited over 200,000 specialists in 180 countries around the globe. What's more, LPI has an expansive network of training partners who help prepare candidates to succeed in the certification exams available in multiple languages.
Actually, the Linux Professional Institute is headquartered near Toronto, Canada.
LPI is committed to ensuring that the accreditation program it offers meets the demands of both the organization and the IT professionals they will hire. To that end, a rigorous, open, and consultative process has been implemented to develop qualification pathways that meet the requirements of independent certification bodies.
Already today, LPI certification programs offer 3 groups of qualification pathways, described below:
Essentials designations are offered primarily to candidates looking to begin a successful career using open source or who have proven basic abilities in this area.
- Linux Professional Institute Linux Essentials accreditation serves as an introduction to the more advanced and complete LPI certification tracks. This designation is intended to equip candidates with the foundational Linux skills required in various job roles currently. Moreover, this track has no prerequisites other than successfully passing the corresponding Linux Essentials 010-160 exam. All you need to do is understand the basic components of Linux and have an understanding of the open-source industry.
Linux Professional designations focus on comprehensive testing and evaluation of the competencies needed for effective Linux system administrators. Although the relevant exams can be taken in any order, to obtain the intermediate and advanced level certifications, the previous level must be successfully passed. In addition, it should be kept in mind that all LPI certifications are valid for 5 years, during this period the holder will have either to renew his qualification or obtain a higher-level certificate.
- Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 accreditation covers basic network setup, preconfiguration of a computer to run Linux, and the ability to operate systems from the command line. It checks your real-world job skills used in the system administration field. To earn this certification, you need to demonstrate your knowledge by passing two required tests: 101-500 & 102-500.
- Linux Professional Institute LPIC-2 accreditation requires that candidates have the LPIC-1 certification and a strong ability to administer mixed networks of various sizes from small to medium. With this in mind, you will qualify for the appropriate 201-450 & 202-450 exams.
- Linux Professional Institute LPIC-3 Mixed Environments accreditation targets enterprise-level Linux experts and validates their experience administering enterprise-wide systems in mixed environments. An LPIC-2 qualification and completing the 300-300 test are required.
- Linux Professional Institute LPIC-3 Security accreditation, unlike the previous option, focuses on the security of Linux systems and the administration expertise of candidates. Candidates are also required to be LPIC-2 certified and pass the appropriate 303-300 exam.
- Linux Professional Institute LPIC-3 Virtualization and High Availability accreditation focuses on the high availability and virtualization process of Linux systems, which can be demonstrated through the 304-200 exam with an active LPIC-2 certificate.
Open Technology designations are designed to provide a more in-depth study of various open technology instruments, such as DevOps (Linux Professional Institute DevOps Tools Engineer) and BSD (Linux Professional Institute BSD Specialist). And given the rapid development of technology, both the certification program and the content of all LPI exams are updated every three years.