LPI Announces Linux Essentials for North America
(Columbus, OH and Sacramento, CA, USA: September 29, 2012) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced during Ohio LinuxFest 2012 in Columbus, Ohio (OLF) that LPI's Linux Essentials program measuring foundational knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software is now available in North America. Linux Essentials was initially released as a pilot program in Europe, the Middle East and Africa but due to popular demand has now expanded to North America.
"Jobs for those with knowledge of Linux and Open Source software are available now. This is due in part to the phenomenon of Big Data and the Cloud which are built on Open Source infrastructure. This rapidly growing IT sector doesn't just require those with hard technology skills but also needs to fill a wide variety of job roles that have a basic understanding and literacy around the Open Source ecosystem. LPI's Linux Essentials program will enable the digital generation to acquire the basic skills necessary to earn those all-important entry level positions for their future career in IT," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Mr. Lacey added that training centers and academic organizations that are interested in becoming Linux Essentials' testing centers should contact LPI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-916-357-6625.
Targeted at new technology users, the Linux Essentials program is experiencing rapid adoption by schools, educational authorities, training centers and others in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more information on the launch of Linux Essentials in that region see: http://www.lpi.org/news/lpi-announces-linux-essentials-progr...
The Linux Essentials program has been under development by LPI for approximately two years and includes the participation of qualification authorities, academic partners, private trainers, publishers, government organizations, volunteer IT professionals and Linux and Open Source experts. The single Linux Essentials' exam leads to a "Certificate of Achievement" recognizing knowledge of the following subject matter:
* The Linux Community and a Career in Open Source
* Popular Operating Systems and Major Open Source Applications
* Understanding Open Source Software and Licensing
* Linux Command Line Basics, Files and Scripts
Program elements also include:
* regional links to employment and apprenticeship programs available to youth in Linux and Open Source careers
* support for skills competitions such as Worldskills International
* support for teacher collaboration and sharing of learning exercises for the Linux Essentials' knowledge base
* commitments from major IT courseware and content publishers on exam preparatory resources
* a “low-stakes” exam available online either through LPI or partner internet-based testing (IBT)
* a PDF “Certificate of Achievement” * will cost the equivalent of US $85 at private testing/training centers and $65 at academic partners through IBT
A full description of Linux Essentials is available at: http://www.lpi.org/linuxessentials
Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the Linux Essentials program may email LPI at: email@example.com
The North American launch of Linux Essentials was made by Medina Dupuis, LPI Project Manager during her presentation "Bringing Linux Essentials to the Classroom" at OLF's Open Source Solutions Stage.
During Ohio LinuxFest, LPI also offered the Linux Essentials' exam for the first time in North America and presented on the subject of "Catching the Wave of Open Source Careers" during OLF's Career Track.
Other relevant links:
* Linux Essentials "beta" exams: Call for Volunteers: http://www.lpi.org/news/linux-essentials-beta-exams-call-vol...
* Community Corner: Be a Linux Essentials Hero: http://www.lpi.org/blog/be-linux-essentials-hero
* Linux Essentials Heroes Complete Beta Tests: http://www.lpi.org/news/linux-essentials-heroes-complete-bet...
* LPI supports Software Freedom Day in Kenya with Linux Essentials: http://www.lpi.org/news/lpi-supports-software-freedom-day-ke...
The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 300,000 exams and 100,000 LPIC certifications around the world.
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About the Linux Professional Institute:
The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.