How We Create Our Certifications

LPI is committed to providing the IT community with exams of the highest quality, relevance, and accuracy. This commitment requires that our exam development process is highly detailed, participatory, consultative and employs many of the proven techniques used by most other IT certification programs.

Certification Development Process

Exam Development

LPI exams are created using psychometric techniques, which results in exams which are of high quality and relevance to the skills being tested. Psychometrics, the scientific study of testing and measuring mental capacity, is used throughout LPI certification development to ensure that our exams reflect the needs of the IT community and industry.

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Job Task Analysis

If you ask ten different Linux professionals what a “junior-level” IT professional should do, you may receive ten different sets of answers. Who is to say which list is more correct? Find out how we combat this challenge.

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Objective Development

Next we use the results from the Job Analysis Study to develop the actual objectives for the exams. Objectives express specific things that Linux professionals must be able to do. Each objective is assigned a weighting value indicating its importance relative to other objectives.

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Item Development

With the objectives finalized, the next stage is to write the questions, or items as they are called in the field of exam development, that will appear on the exams.

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Exam Creation

After all of the items have been collected and reviewed, the next stage of development is to assemble the items into exams and deploy the exams globally.

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