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Aug 27 2014

Linux Certification Program: Answering Global Demand for Linux Pros

The Linux Foundation has launched a new two-level Linux training and certification program for early-career and engineer-level systems administrators, in an effort to expand the global Linux talent pool. All exams are to be taken online and shall test the "real-world skills" of the participants who – if successful – may walk away with the title of a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE), respectively. 

Companies have a high demand for administrators with Linux skills, and it's growing constantly. That was the key message in this year's Linux Jobs Report, released in February. Back then, hiring managers worldwide had told the researchers that although they were willing to pay above average salaries, they had a hard time finding the right people – admins who don't just fiddle around, but show off their chops when put under stress. So it's only logical the certification program reflects these real-world demands: "Exam takers will be tested on their ability to solve real problems in the command line rather than be tested on theory or be given multiple choice questions," the Linux Foundation writes in its accompanying press release. Another cornerstone is distribution neutrality; participants may take their tests with either CentOS or openSUSE or Ubuntu, a choice that also covers the three mainline commercial 'distros' from Red Hat, Attachmate/SUSE, and the Debian Project, of which the test OS's are derivatives. Potential employers can thus hire professionals based on proven competence in the distributions and technologies most important to their businesses. The new certification program will also cover less popular distributions at a later date. More generally speaking, the certification program completes increased training offerings and a free-of-charge 'Introduction to Linux' Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) the Foundation launched earlier this year.

The LFCS and LFCE exams cost $300 each and can be taken anywhere in the world at any time, provided a candidate has Internet access and a PC at hand. Certified admins and engineers will receive a graphical mark for display on resumes, LinkedIn profiles, websites, etc. To further aid successful candidates in a smooth career development, Linux Foundation plans on helping them to market themselves at its LinuxCon and CloudOpen conferences worldwide and via the webpage, among other venues. For more details, please see the registration page.


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