Our certifications

LPI is committed to the development of a global standard in Linux certification. We believe that such a certification program must meet the requirements of both IT professionals and the organizations that would employ them. To achieve this goal we have adopted an open, rigorous, and consultative development process, which uses both volunteer and hired resources. Our development process is widely recognized and endorsed and has met the strict requirements of independent certification authorities.

LPI Linux Essentials

  • What: Ability to use basic console line editor and demonstrate an understanding of processes, programs and components of the Linux Operating System.
  • How: Pass the LPI 010 exam; 40 multiple-choice questions in 60 minutes.
  • Cost: $110 USD (1 exam, certificate does not expire). Price may vary per region.

LPIC-OT 701: DevOps Tools Engineer

  • What: Have a working knowledge of DevOps-related domains such as Software Engineering and Architecture, Container and Machine Deployment, Configuration Management and Monitoring.
  • How: Pass LPI 701 exam; 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in 90 minutes.
  • Cost: $200 USD (1 exam, certification valid for 5 years). Price may vary per region.

LPIC-1 Certified Linux Administrator

  • What: Ability to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking.
  • How: Pass LPI 101 and 102 exams; each exam is 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in 90 minutes.
  • Cost: $200 USD per exam (2 exams, certification valid for 5 years). Price may vary per region.

LPIC-2 Certified Linux Engineer

  • What: Ability to administer small to medium–sized mixed networks.
  • How: Pass LPI 201 and 202 exams; each exam is 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in 90 minutes. Must also have active LPIC-1 certification.
  • Cost: $200 USD per exam (2 exams, certification valid for 5 years). Price may vary per region.

LPIC-3 300: Linux Enterprise Professional
Mixed Environment

  • What: Ability to integrate Linux services in an enterprise-wide mixed environment.
  • How: Pass LPI 300 exam; 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in 90 minutes. Must also have active LPIC-2 certification.
  • Cost: $200 USD (1 exam, certification valid for 5 years). Price may vary per region.

LPIC-3 303: Linux Enterprise Professional
Security

  • What: Ability to secure and harden Linux-based servers, services and networks enterprise-wide.
  • How: Pass LPI 303 exam; 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in 90 minutes. Must also have active LPIC-2 certification.
  • Cost: $200 USD (1 exam, certification valid for 5 years). Price may vary per region.

LPIC-3 304: Linux Enterprise Professional
Virtualization and High Availability

  • What: Ability to plan and implement enterprise-wide virtualization and high availability setups using Linux-based technologies.
  • How: Pass LPI 304 exam; 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions in 90 minutes. Must also have active LPIC-2 certification.
  • Cost: $200 USD (1 exam, certification valid for 5 years). Price may vary per region.

Here you can find everything you need to prepare for your LPI certification.

The process of preparing for LPI exams is really an individual choice. Some people may find that by simply looking at the exam objectives and studying on their own (using man pages, FAQ’s, etc.), they may feel confident they can take the exam. Other people may want to read books, take web-based or computer-based training, or actually go through instructor-led classes offered by a training center.

A definitive up-to-date list of exam preparation resources is available below. Candidates seeking exam preparation resources that are current with our most recent exam objectives should consult published study resources first.

Find a training partner

In order to maintain its vendor-independence while encouraging a variety of sources of high-quality exam preparation, LPI has developed a number of partnership programs that help identify supporting groups and companies.

Published study resources

LPI welcomes the publication of textbooks and other materials that might help candidates in exam preparation. The most recent and updated books can be found here.

Free study resources

Many experienced Linux professionals prefer to prepare themselves for LPI exams through the use of online self-preparation materials. We include in this section some of these online resources we hear about from our alumni.

Locate an LPI Approved Training Partner

In order to maintain its vendor-independence while encouraging a variety of sources of high-quality exam preparation, LPI has developed a number of partnership programs that help identify supporting groups and companies.

There are numerous providers of Linux training who will assist in your preparation to take LPI exams. However, we highly recommend you consider those training providers who have met the rigorous conditions of our LPI Approved Training Partner (LPI-ATP) and LPI Approved Academic Partner (LPI-AAP) Programs.

Included below is a search tool for locating training partners in your country:

Getting started

LPI exams are delivered as a computer-based exam, around the world in thousands of secure Pearson VUE testing centers. All the steps for taking exams to earn your LPI certification are outlined below.

Sometimes, LPI exams are delivered onsite at Linux and open source events. In those instances, the exams are delivered as a paper test. The requirements for participating in this type of testing event is listed by the organization or event hosting the exam and may vary from the steps below.

Step 1:

Discover which certification is the best for you

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.

Step 2:

Discover the exam objectives

At LPI we take the guess work out of what’s on the exam. Our exam objectives show you what topics you can expect to find on the exams as well as the relative importance of those topics. No matter which study resources you choose to prepare for your LPI exams, reviewing the individual exam objectives should be at the core of any study plan.

Step 3:

Prepare for your exam

The process of preparing for LPI exams is really an individual choice. Some people may find by simply looking at the exam objectives and studying on their own (using man pages, HOWTOs, etc.), they may feel confident they can take the exam. Other people may want to read books, take web-based or computer-based training, or actually go through instructor-led classes offered by a training center.

We believe that the choice should be yours, and that you should not be pressured into taking one particular approach to exam preparation. That is why LPI has committed that it will never designate an "official" set of LPI training materials. We are very proud of our support by many creators of training materials and believe in maximum choice for those seeking to take LPI exams.

Step 4:

Purchase voucher and schedule your exam

LPI offers professional certifications to help you validate your knowledge and skills in various aspects of the Linux operating system. The LPI program is distribution-neutral to allow you to demonstrate your flexibility working in a variety of Linux environments. Recognized around the world, LPI’s Linux certifications can help prove you have the skills necessary for your next job or promotion.

GNU/Linux System Administration Guide

July 30, 2016

GNU/Linux System Administration Guide

eLearning CourseAuthor: GNUExams covered: LPIC-1 101 and 102Date published: April 27, 2015

IBM Developer Works

July 30, 2016

IBM Developer Works

Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400 Author: Ross Brunson, Sean Walberg Exams covered: LPIC-1 101 and 102 Date published: December 15, 2015

IBM Developer Works

July 30, 2016

IBM Developer Works

Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400 Author: Ross Brunson, Sean Walberg Exams covered: LPIC-1 101 and 102 Date published: December 15, 2015

CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Certification

July 30, 2016

CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Certification

Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400 Author: Robb Tracy Exams covered: LPIC-1 101 and 102 Date published: June 23, 2015

CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Cert Guide

July 30, 2016

CompTIA Linux+/LPIC-1 Cert Guide

Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400 Author: Ross Brunson, Sean Walberg Exams covered: LPIC-1 101 and 102 Date published: December 15, 2015

CompTIA Linux+

July 30, 2016

CompTIA Linux+

LX0-103 Practice Lab

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