LPIC Exam Development Update

The Linux and open source world is constantly evolving and we work hard to make sure our certification exams continue to reflect the latest advancements in the technology. In February, we announced that we are currently working to update our LPIC-1 and our LPIC-304 certification programs. We’ve already completed a public survey of Linux professionals in the workplace, asking them what technologies and applications are important in their work. We will continue to work with other Linux subject matter experts (SME) to ensure changes to our exams meet your expectations of a top Linux certification. As a certification candidate you can expect to see the new LPIC-1 available beginning January 13th, 2015. The new LPIC-304 exam will be available on January 20th, 2015.

We realize that you may be in the process of studying for exam using previously published study materials. To help make it easier to take the version of the exam you have studied for, we are going to offer both the old and new test versions from the release in January 2015 until June 30th, 2015.

At LPI, we’re happy to have the support of excellent courseware providers that create great material to help certification candidates prepare for our LPIC series exams. Draft objectives have been published for the updated exams on our wiki and the official updated exam objectives will be published on the LPI.org site by July 15th, 2014.

LPIC-1 and LPIC-304 Exam Update Timeline:

  • June 1st, 2014: Publish Draft objectives for LPIC-1 and LPIC-304 on LPI wiki
  • July 15th, 2014: Publish final LPIC-1 and LPIC-304 updated exam objectives
  • January 13th, 2015: Launch of new LPIC-1 (v4.0)
  • January 20th, 2015: Launch of new LPIC-304 (v2.0)
  • June 30th, 2015: LPIC-1 (v3.5) and LPIC-304 (v1.5) retired

Although still under development, some of the new materials we are considering including in the new exams are:

Proposed new LPIC-1 material:

  • systemd (as an init replacement, logging and more)
  • lightDM
  • syslog-ng, rsyslog
  • some additional utilities

Proposed new LPIC-304 material:

  • more emphasis on Virtualization over HA topics
  • libvirt and virsh
  • some coverage of OpenStack
  • update to HA technology versions