LPI Certification Exams Exceed 350,000 Worldwide

(Sacramento, CA, USA: January 31, 2013) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that in 2012 the organization surpassed two significant milestones: delivering over 350,000 exams and 120,000 certifications worldwide since the organization's inception.

"In the last few years we have noted strong annual growth of our certification program worldwide. This is indicative of the growing adoption of Linux in the enterprise and the increased demand for IT professionals skilled in Linux and Open Source across a wide variety of industry verticals. We expect this trend to continue, if not accelerate, in the coming years as we develop new markets globally and further refine our overall certification program," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute. Mr. Lacey further credited recent growth to the foundation role of Open Source technology in Cloud and Big Data solutions where IT professionals skilled in these technologies are in high-demand: "IT professionals are seeking credentials where the money is, and our vendor-neutral Linux certifications demonstrate that they have the "right stuff" for these innovative technologies: flexibility, adaptability, and both a broad and deep knowledge of Linux solutions."

Industry representatives provided congratulations to LPI on these certification milestones and recognized the organization's longstanding contribution to the advancement of Linux education and professionalism:

CompTIA

“More than ever companies value IT workers who think strategically, communicate effectively and understand how to use technology to meet business goals,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA. “Clearly, LPI is helping IT professionals hone these attributes and skills. The milestones attained by LPI attest to the high-quality of its certifications and the high value that employers place on these credentials.”

HP:

"In today's world of heterogeneous technologies, IT professionals can benefit from training that provides the skills required to work across several vendor platforms," said Rebekah Harvey, director, Learning Products, ExpertOne, HP. "For well over a decade, HP has accepted LPI Enterprise-level Linux certifications as a prerequisite for its ExpertOne server certifications."

Information Technology Certification Council:

"On behalf of the members of the Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC), I extend my congratulations to the Linux Professional Institute on having achieved this notable milestone. Our work at the ITCC, of which LPI is an active participant, is to promote the value of IT certifications in providing a qualified workforce to support the world’s technology needs. LPI's accomplishment is indicative of this wider industry goal," said Gary Fluitt, Chairperson of the Information Technology Certification Council.

The Linux Foundation:

"We congratulate LPI on this achievement. Demand for Linux talent is certainly on the rise, and LPI's milestones are another confirmation of this trend," said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs, The Linux Foundation. "Our last Linux Jobs Report showed that eight out of ten hiring managers were planning to hire a Linux professional in the next six months but that finding qualified candidates was difficult. Linux training and certification programs help meet this growing demand and address these issues."

Linux International:

"LPI has reached another milestone: 350,000 exams worldwide", said Jon "maddog" Hall, president of Linux International. "That represents a significant number of Linux professionals who took the time to consider what was needed to be a good systems administrator, studied for that, and took the tests. That alone is impressive, but the fact that the certifications were world-wide and distribution neutral is also important. Free Software is about being "open", "neutral" and "accessible". I look forward to the next year, as the Linux Essentials' certificate program becomes better recognized, starting people down the path of being a certified Linux Professional."

Pearson VUE:

"Pearson VUE has worked with the LPI certification program since its inception, so we share in their pride at this accomplishment," said Raymond Murray, vice president, Pearson VUE Global Channel and IT Business Development. "Interest in LPI certification has skyrocketed over the last couple of years, and-as LPI's exclusive test delivery partner-Pearson VUE is committed to providing the technology innovation and excellent service needed to help this global program meet the increasing demand for qualified Linux professionals, now and well into the future."

SUSE:

"Today, Linux professionals are directly in the center of exciting innovations that are changing the way we work and live. More and more companies are experiencing a growing demand for Linux expertise. We at SUSE constantly look for people with Linux knowledge and LPI certification is a good proof point in a CV," said Ralf Flaxa, vice president of engineering, SUSE.

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 350,000+ exams and 120,000+ 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.

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