Linux Essentials

Linux Essentials LogoLinux adoption continues to rise world-wide as individual users, government entities and industries ranging from automotive to space exploration embrace open source technologies. This expansion of open source in enterprise is redefining traditional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) job roles to require more Linux skills. Whether you’re starting your career in Open Source, or looking for advancement, independently verifying your skill set can help you stand out to hiring managers or your management team.

The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC) is a great way to show employers that you have the foundational skills required for your next job or promotion. It also serves as an ideal stepping-stone to the more advanced LPIC Professional Certification track for Linux Systems Administrators.


We asked our candidates “Why did you take Linux Essentials?” Here’s what they said:

  • To add verified Linux skills to my resume. I wanted to show that I had fundamental knowledge in Linux so I could take on new projects.

  • To feel more confident about my Linux skills. There are a lot of things I know how to do, preparing to pass Linux Essentials taught me some better ways to accomplish certain tasks.

  • To prepare for LPIC-level certification. I was intimidated to start with LPIC-1, Linux Essentials helped me start learning Linux.

  • To complement my primary IT skills. I don't use Linux everyday but it was still important to me to show that I had the skills since so many technologies rely on Linux.


The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate validates a demonstrated understanding of:

  • FOSS, the various communities, and licenses
  • knowledge of open source applications in the workplace as they relate to closed source equivalents
  • basic concepts of hardware, processes, programs and the components of the Linux Operating System
  • how to work on the command line and with files
  • how to create and restore compressed backups and archives
  • system security, users/groups and file permissions for public and private directories
  • how to create and run simple scripts

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Linux skills enhance many ICT Job Roles:

Front End Web
Back End Web
Embedded Systems

Dev Ops
IT/Technical Support
Mobile Application Support
NOC Operator
Big Data

Cloud Architect
Microsoft Systems
Data Analyst