LPI at open source Day 2016

April 26, 2016

LPI at open source Day 2016

On April 26th the Linux Professional Institute Central Europe participated as one of the patrons of media at the Conference open source Day 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

The open source Day is probably the biggest event in Poland dedicated to open source solutions and is also one of the most interesting events of the Polish IT sector with nearly 1000 attendees each year.

Open source solutions are becoming more recognized worldwide as a mixture of quality, security and competitive price. Leading banks, insurance and telecommunication companies as well as an even increasing number of Public Sector Organizations use open source based solutions. The conference was an opportunity for representatives of these environments to meet, exchange experiences, interact and learn about new trends in open source technologies.

LPI Central Europe actively participated at the event, providing information at its booth about possibilities to raise and certify the competences of IT professionals, especially within Linux technologies.

Also during the event, among the attendees who visited the LPI booth, two Linux Essentials Exam vouchers were drawn each worth 110 euros. If you are one of the visitors, please check your email to see if you are one of the lucky participants who won the voucher.

PUE Day 2016

April 3, 2016

PUE Day 2016

PUE is the main LPI partner in Spain and organizes its 3rd Edition of PUE DAY. This event will present new academic initiatives in ICT official certification and training to the educational community of Spain. The main purpose of PUE DAY next 13 April in Madrid is to support educational institutions in this challenge, by bringing most state-of-the-art and prestigious academic initiatives from major multinational corporations and organisations in the ICT sector closer to them.

The event will enable to describe the procedures and requirements that educational centres must meet to qualify as official training and certification partners in those technological initiatives of interest to them.

PUE organises and leads this initiative as part of its contribution, support and counselling to educational centres and institutions who are willing to increase the added value of their training offer in the technological specialities most demanded in the world of work.

For more information please see
https://www.pue.es/pueday2016/en

LPI-CE and Cisco NetAcad Work Together in Poland to Promote Future IT Specialists

March 21, 2016

LPI-CE and Cisco NetAcad Work Together in Poland to Promote Future IT Specialists

LPI Central Europe and Cisco Networking Academy are organizing a series of Linux Essentials workshops in major Polish cities. The first of these workshops will take place on December 9th in Warsaw and December 10th in Poznan. The agenda of Linux Essentials workshop includes, among others, a sample scenario of a lesson with use of free software and demonstration of iTALC application that allows the management of student computers, view of their desktops and virtual work on their machines. The workshops will take place the last day of a more comprehensive course IT Essentials offered by Cisco Networking Academy; in Warsaw at the Cisco office, Domaniewska 39B str., in Poznan in the Center of Teachers Qualification, Gorecka 1 str.

Both IT Essentials course and the Linux Essentials workshops target IT teachers from higher education schools and are offered for free by LPI and Cisco Networking Academy. The detailed information and registration are available on  http://www.ite.akademiacisco.pl/index.php.

Interested teachers may contact the local LPI representative for further questions:
Elzbieta Godlewska
elzbieta.godlewska@lpice.eu
+48 660.705.266

LPI Hosts Exam Preparation and Exam Labs at SCALE 14x

January 21, 2016

LPI Hosts Exam Preparation and Exam Labs at SCALE 14x

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world’s premier Linux certification organization announced exam labs sessions for their Linux Professional Institute Certifications (LPIC) at SCALE 14x at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California on January 24, 2016.  Take advantage of a 40% off discount when you register for SCaLE 14x using the promo code LPI16.

This is the sixth year LPI has participated as a certification sponsor of SCALE.

Exam Labs: All three levels of LPI’s professional certification program (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3) and the Linux Essentials certificate exam will be offered at the event.

The promotional price for all LPIC exams will be $99 (regularly priced at $188). The Linux Essentials exam will be $65 (regularly $110). A full description of LPI’s Linux certification program and the Linux Essentials certificate program may be found at LPI.org.

Important Note: To participate in an exam lab, a candidate must have an LPI ID which may be obtained at: https://www.lpi.org/register

Candidates must make payment for their exam(s) on-site 15 minutes prior to the exam lab either by cash, check or credit card. Each exam takes approximately 90 minutes to complete with the exception of the Linux Essentials exam in which 60 minutes are allocated to complete the exam.

Exam labs are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday January 24th in the Pasadena Convention Center’s Ballroom. PLEASE NOTE: candidates must bring their LPI ID and a government issued photo identification to the exam lab in order to take any LPI exam.  Stop by the LPI booth (#330) for more information and to register for an exam or two if you’re feeling ambitious!

All three levels of LPI’s professional certification program (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3) and the Linux Essentials certificate exam will be offered at the event.

The promotional price for all LPIC exams will be $99 (regularly priced at $188). The Linux Essentials exam will be $65 (regularly $110). A full description of LPI’s Linux certification program and the Linux Essentials certificate program may be found at LPI.org.

Important Note: To participate in an exam lab, a candidate must have an LPI ID which may be obtained at: https://www.lpi.org/register

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About Linux Professional Institute (LPI):

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) 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 a Canadian-based international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, LPI continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards in Linux and open source technology. The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI’s programs are locally supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 6,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered almost half a million (500,000) exams and 200,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

LPI advances the Linux and open source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities.  LPI’s founding sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell as well as Gold Sponsors HP and IDG.

LPI visits academic partner, UCLan Cyprus

December 10, 2015

LPI visits academic partner, UCLan Cyprus

The University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (short UCLan Cyprus), is located in Pyla, Larnaka. The University is an Academic Partner (LPI AAP) of LPI and students at this University already have trainings to get the LPI Linux Essentials and the LPIC-1 certifications. In late october last year Klaus Behrla, VP, Business Development Europe and George Thrasyvoulou, Master Affiliate Manager Cyprus of LPI visited the University.

During their visit, both executives met with the UCLan Cyprus Rector, Dr Melinda Tan, and the Head of the School of Sciences, Dr Irene Polycarpou, as well as with Academics in the Computing Department. Among other things, the three sides had a detailed discussion on how they can enhance their existing collaboration and have identified key areas to implement in the near future with the aim to improve UCLan Cyprus Computing graduates’ employability. Such areas include strengthening the existing UCLan Cyprus Computing course with LPI learning materials; integrating into the UCLan Cyprus Computing course Linux and open source curriculum; aligning specific UCLan Cyprus Computing modules with LPI Linux Essentials exams; offering Linux courses at the UCLan Cyprus Cisco Networking academy; and offering LPI 102 and 102 exams for LPIC-1, LPI LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 exams. The three sides have also discussed the possibility for the development of a Linux and open source lab at the UCLan Cyprus campus with the support of LPI and GTP Computrain Ltd. All parties look forward to a fruitful collaboration.

LPI and Future Cert make a long-term commitment to the UK and Irish region

November 3, 2015

LPI and Future Cert make a long-term commitment to the UK and Irish region

Many people do not know that the operating energy of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) comes from partnering with professional companies and community groups to spread the word about Free and open source Software and the need for solid education and certification on systems administration that is vendor and distribution neutral.

Since January 2013 the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has partnered with FlexableIT so that FlexableIT can be the local resource and support for LPI Certification in the UK and Irish region. Since the inception of the partnership; the number of Certifications have grown year on year, the number of Partners have grown and local community events have been initiated by FlexableIT.

In 2013 I met Bill Quinn of FlexableIT, and was immediately struck by the drive and intensity of the man behind the company. Bill understood Free Software, and understood the FOSS community. He saw the value of building relationships with universities and local user groups. FlexableIT arranged, with their own funding, for me to reach out to several of these universities to talk about the real opportunities offered for education through the use of Free and Open Technologies.

In 2015 Bill reached out again, and I met with several large companies to show the value of having workers trained in how to leverage Free Software for better solutions to business problems and how this creates an economy of local programmers doing high-skill technical jobs, which keeps the expertise and the money in the local marketplace.

Both LPI and FlexableIT now believe that the time is right to look to the future and make a long term commitment to the UK and Irish market. The key outcomes are:

  • FlexableIT will remain in operation but a new company focused on IT Certification will be created. This new company is called Future Cert Limited.
  • LPI and Future Cert have committed to a 5 year plan to promote open source, Local Community Events and support Certification.
  • A large awareness campaign will take place around the value of Certification with a focus on increased employment and opportunities for promotion
  • Future Cert will continue to work with schools and educational authorities to support curriculum that will allow the learning of Linux and open source at younger ages

“The time is right to look to the future, media talks about the shortage of Linux skills both globally and locally. This is a view that we regularly here hear from industry – how do we source good quality Linux Pros”, says Bill Quinn founder of Future Cert. “We had to change the way LPI was represented in the UK and Ireland to address this need so it was logical to pull the LPI Certification into a standalone business with a long term focus and goal around open source”.

“Bill Quinn has both the business and community skills to help expand LPI Certification and the Free Software Community itself in the UK and Ireland.” said G. Matthew Rice, Executive Director of the Linux Professional Institute. “I have worked with Bill for a couple of years, and I am impressed with his hard work and knowledge of the community. I look forward to working with him in the future.”

LPI looks forward to working with Bill Quinn and Future Cert, and LPI welcomes Future Cert as this new entity (but with old friends) into the Linux Professional Institute community.

Warmest Regards,

Jon A. Hall, Chairman of the Board
Linux Professional Institute

G. Matthew Rice, Executive Director
Linux Professional Institute

Linux Professional Institute Elects New Members to Board of Directors

August 31, 2015

Linux Professional Institute Elects New Members to Board of Directors

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization, today announced the addition of three members to their board of directors. The new directors, Jon “maddog” Hall, Evan Leibovitch, and C. Scudder Mead are long-term supporters of the Linux Professional Institute community. They join the existing board members consisting of Gen Narui, Torsten Scheck, Christopher “Duffy” Fron, and James Lacey.

“Given that we had vacancies on our Board of Directors earlier this year, we have focused our efforts on filling the remaining seats. After reaching out to all of LPI’s founding members, we are pleased to announce that three long-term members of LPI have been elected to Director positions,” said LPI CEO, Jim Lacey.

Jon “maddog” Hall, a thought-leader in the Linux community, was unanimously elected to the role of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Hall, a professional consultant, continues to travel extensively speaking on the benefits of Free and open source Software and promoting LPI as a vendor-neutral, world-wide certification program that utilizes published objectives rather than requiring a course.

Evan Leibovitch and C. “Scudder” Mead, both founding members of LPI, lend years of experience in the open source Software community and also in LPI certification programs.

“We extend our congratulations to our new board members and look forward to a productive year together, further developing the strategic goals of the Linux Professional Institute,” said Darrell Flewell, chief financial officer of LPI.

Please visit Meet our Team for more information on the LPI management team, staff, and board of directors.

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About Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is dedicated to providing a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and open source technologies. LPI’s leading vendor-independent Linux certification program is supported by a global affiliate network that has helped deliver over 450,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities.

Linux Skills: IBM’s Commitment

March 30, 2015

Linux Skills: IBM’s Commitment

Re-posted by permission of IBM. To view the original press release in Italian please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/it/it/pressrelease/46443.wss

Linux skills: IBM’s commitment to the partner ecosystem in Italy

A project in collaboration with the Linux Professional Institute

Milan, Italy – March 30, 2015: The demand for IT professionals with advanced skills in Linux and open source is increasing, both internationally and in Italy. And the reasons are obvious: more and more companies, from all sectors of the market, are looking for specialists and qualified partners to drive technological evolution in the name of open source and all its benefits.

In this context, IBM contributes significantly through organizations like the OpenPower Foundation, which now has more ‘than 100 operators – including Google, Samsung, Nvidia – engaged in the development of IBM Power in “open”, and by redefining the IBM Power Systems line that supports the entire “stack” of software Open: Linux distributions to Open Database.

In Italy, IBM has decided to partner with the Linux Professional Institute who provides a series of certification paths based on a standard program, recognized worldwide, which aims to create new skills in open source technologies applicable to Power8.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a prestigious organization that promotes and certifies professional skills on the use of Linux and open source technologies through a worldwide program of independent tests, the result of established links between the business world and academia. To date has exceeded the threshold of 300,000 exams, with the release of more than 100,000 certifications recognized internationally.

The sessions planned for the first half of this year will be held at the headquarters of IBM Segrate with exercises in special laboratories.

The dates and topics of the courses:
– Linux Essentials course – 11/14 May
– Course LPI 101 – 25/29 May
– Course LPI 102 – 22/26 June

The courses will be planned for the second half of the year with a timetable yet to be defined.

For more information on the Linux Professional Institute www.lpi-italia.org.

Linux Professional Institute Celebrates 15 Years Promoting Linux and open source

October 29, 2014

Linux Professional Institute Celebrates 15 Years Promoting Linux and open source

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization, celebrates its fifteenth year as an organization committed to furthering the adoption of Linux and open source. The organization has led the way in growing the community of professionals with verified Linux skills. To date, the organization has delivered over 430,000 certification exams around the world with the help of its global affiliate network.

Since its founding, the Linux Professional Institute has focused on providing the best vendor-independent Linux certifications to allow candidates to prove they have core Linux skills enabling them to work across Linux distributions in a wide range of enterprise environments. The global community of LPI certified professionals, now over 150,000 strong, is characterized by self-motivated individuals intent on staying current on the latest changes in Linux as well as actively engaging in the larger open source community.

“Our mission has always been to provide the resources to help those interested in Linux and open source navigate the IT job market successfully. Our community of global affiliates has been instrumental in providing localized support to help our candidates gain access to resources in their location and in their native language,” said Jim Lacey, CEO of the Linux Professional Institute. He continued, “We are proud to be the world’s leading Linux certification organization, and stand ready to help anyone interested in pursuing a career in Linux or open source technology.”

The LPIC-1 and LPIC-304 level exams are currently undergoing a maintenance revision to ensure the exams reflect current job task needs. Both exams will be available in early 2015.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is dedicated to providing a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and open source technologies. LPI’s leading vendor-independent Linux certification program is supported by a global affiliate network that has helped deliver over 430,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities.

Linux Professional Institute Certifications Awarded e-Skills Quality Label by EXIN

September 26, 2014

Linux Professional Institute Certifications Awarded e-Skills Quality Label by EXIN

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization, announced that its certification program has been awarded the first e-Skills Quality Label by EXIN based on the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF). The framework is designed to standardize 40 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) competencies, skills and proficiency levels across Europe. The goal of this effort is to increase the transparency, mobility and efficiency of ICT sector related human resources.

“The European e-Competence Framework is a critical initiative in today’s European workforce. By standardizing the language around ICT recruiting we can continue to help hiring managers recognize the best skilled candidates for the job,” said Klaus Behrla, Vice President, business development Europe for the Linux Professional Institute, “We at LPI are so pleased to have been awarded the e-Skills Quality Label for our professional Linux certifications.”

EXIN, a worldwide market leader in certifying professionals in the ICT domain and co-founder of the e-Skills Quality labels, is the Awarding Body for the e-Skills Quality Labels and e-Competence Assessment certificates. EXIN e-CF content experts and auditors are responsible for assessing programs to determine whether organizations qualify for the e-Skills Quality Label.

In attaining the e-Skills Quality Label designation, the Linux Professional Institute has proven that their certifications successfully map to the e-Competence Framework. “In today’s e-Skills jungle the mismatch in existing and required knowledge are a problem for all stakeholders. Through the e-Skills Quality Label LPI has demonstrated that their exam objectives cover relevant and required standard competences and ICT profiles,” said Maarten Dolf Desertine, business development at EXIN.

Mr. Desertine was on-hand to speak at the annual LPI EMEA meeting in Prague, Czech Republic where he awarded the e-Skills Quality Label to the Linux Professional Institute.

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About Linux Professional Institute (LPI):

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is dedicated to providing a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and open source technologies. LPI’s leading vendor-independent Linux certification program is supported by a global affiliate network that has helped deliver over 350,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities.

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