The future’s hiring…
Growth in the technology sector is driving huge
demand for open source IT skills and certified professionals.
Get ready. Get certified with LPI.
54% of employers have unfilled positions due to lack of qualified candidates
87% of employers say it's particularly hard to find open source talent
96% of employers use IT certification as a hiring criteria
20-33% average increase in bonus pay for LPI-certified candidates
90% say IT certified individuals are more likely to be promoted
44% of hiring managers are hiking up salaries for certified open source talent
Sources: The Foote Partners Report, ‘IT Skills and Certification Index’, 2014 | ITCC Whitepaper, ‘Trends That Will Affect the IT Certification Industry by 2020’, 2016 | CompTIA HR Report, ‘Perceptions of IT Training and Certification, 2015 | The Linux Foundation, ‘Open Source Jobs Report’, 2016.
This weekend LPI is excited to sponsor and speak at 14LinuxSession in Wroclaw, Poland, from May 6th - 7th.
As the name suggests, 14LinuxSession is a conference that gathers Linux enthusiasts and experts from around the globe to talk all things open source. We’ll be exploring the latest open source solutions, as well as the hottest trends in Linux-based systems.
In the spirit of open source and its community, the conference is free to attend and is focused on promoting free software. The event will take the form of several workshops, designed to help those with basic Linux knowledge to gain a greater and deeper understanding of the software.
Fabian Thorns, Director of Certification Development at LPI, will be a key note speaker at the event. Fabian will talk about recent changes in system administration and will cover the technical terms and tools that are essential to working in open source today. His talk will also give an overview of the DevOps landscape and explain how LPI can help prepare students for an exciting career in DevOps.
Elzbieta Godlewska, LPI’s representative in Central Europe, will also be at the event, sharing the latest updates in open source certification and answering questions from participants.
LPI will also run two exam labs at the event: the first on May 6th and the second on May 7th (both labs will start at 08:30am). As usual, our exam labs will offer discounted prices for all our exams.
For more information about our exams, please get in touch with a member of the LPI team in Poland via Twitter @lpi_w_polsce.
More about the event can be found here: http://14.sesja.linuksowa.pl.
The news that version 4.5 of the LPIC-2 objectives for the 201 and 202 exams was released on February 13th 2017 means that we can already congratulate our first candidates on earning their LPIC-2 certification based on the new objectives.
LPI certification and exam objectives are a community-created, global standard that document the skills required by a Linux professional at each respective level.
Certification objectives describe what we expect a candidate to know, not only for their career aspirations, but also in order to pass our exams.
They set the scope of the exam and guide our candidates through their studies; helping them to make decisions about which topics to prioritise and to fill in blanks in their knowledge. Additionally, they help courseware authors and training partners to allocate pages and time to specific subjects.
Setting this standard requires a lot of involvement from the open source community and the development of the updated LPIC-2 certification started almost ten months before its final release.
The updated exam versions would not be possible nor credible without the engagement of our community. Everyone who took a beta exam, participated in online and local discussions and took our surveys did a great job in providing us with feedback and ideas which help us maintain our certification standards.
There were many more people who helped to prepare the new version of LPIC-2. To name a few of them, our German and Japanese translation teams worked hard to get their translated version ready; publishers and authors adapted their books and materials to match the new objectives; subject matter experts reviewed and ranked the questions to ensure that they are fair and appropriate.
Thanks to all of you!
In case you’re about to take an LPIC-2 exam soon, you should make yourself familiar with the updated exams. Our wiki hosts the new LPIC-2 version 4.5 objectives as well as a summary of the changes in version 4.5. If you’ve been studying against the 4.0 version of the LPIC-2 objectives, previous versions of exams which cover the prior version of the objectives are available for six months after a new release.
You might also want to try out some of these resources, which were the first ones to adopt the new objectives:
We also maintain a list of free training resources in our wiki. Whatever learning resources you use, please consider using the objectives, which are quite detailed, as a checklist to tick off as you go. This will ensure that you do cover everything while preparing for the exams.
Lastly, if you would like to join us in developing future certifications, please join our exam development mailing list.
In July last year I joined LPI – a non-profit organisation run to serve the shared interests and needs of the open source community.
In support of our community, LPI attends the industry’s leading open source and Linux events each year – and this year I joined the team in attending SCALE 15X, the Southern California Linux Expo, which gathers IT enthusiasts from around the world to discuss the latest trends in open source operating systems and software.
SCALE15x was abuzz with all sorts of interesting discussions. Here are a few key points:
LPI’s new LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer certification resonated extremely well with our audience. Interest was high, and so was the willingness for contribution from their side. As you know, our certification development process includes obtaining feedback from our community, and so communication with our community is hugely important to us.
Interest in our LPIC-2 certification was higher than usual. Does that mean that many already hold LPIC-1 certifications, and are using LPI’s certification development guidelines to help advance their career?
The event was inspiring – and not just because it gave me a chance to exchange some really interesting ideas about our new and existing certifications. As a woman, it was also incredibly motivating to see so many female attendees!
Certainly, while IT has always been a (heavily) male-dominated industry, the tide is beginning to turn. As a woman studying technical sciences in the mid-nineties in Eastern Europe, I was always outnumbered. Several years later, and we’ve made some serious headway.
Some of our booth visitors at SCALE 15X shared that 3 in 10 attendees were women – and some even reported a higher percentage of 2 in 5 (although that might be a little optimistic).
Ok, so it’s not equality. But it is genuine progress. Studies show that girls as young as 6 already consider some professions to be exclusively for boys (which might explain why the tech sector simply doesn’t attract the female talent that it needs).
So, to conclude, talking with ambitious people about getting certified in Linux and DevOps, and discussing new and exciting potential career paths, made me remember why I joined LPI. This is what education in open source is all about: regardless of background, circumstance, race or gender, the world of technology is now open to us all.
LPIC-OT DevOps Tools Engineer Page - https://www.lpi.org/devops
LPIC-2 Certification Page - http://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/lpic-2-overview
Want to get certified with LPI? Visit https://www.lpimarketplace.com
Contact a member of the LPI team for more information: http://www.lpi.org/about-lpi/contact-us
LPI will be taking part in LinuxFest Northwest 2017, held this year in Bellingham, WA from May 6-7: https://www.linuxfestnorthwest.org/2017.
We are excited to be introducing our new certification, LPI Certified DevOps Tools Engineer. Plus, we’ll be discussing the recent updates to our LPIC-2 certification.
Join us on May 6th - May 7th to find out more about the LPI certification roadmap and to discover new ways to boost your career.
On both days we will be holding exam labs to enable candidates to take our exams and advance their skills at a special discounted price for event attendees:
You can quick start your career in Linux technology with our Linux Essentials certification, $75 USD. All other exams (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3) will be available for $99 USD.
Places are limited, so please reserve a spot via our registration page if you wish to take an exam on either day (May 6th, May 7th): https://www.lpi.org/exam-registration. Payments can be made in cash or credit card at the door, or in advance during registration.
We hope you’ll join us at LinuxFest Northwest 2017!
More about our exam labs will be posted on our social media channels (https://www.facebook.com/LPIConnect/), so stay tuned.
If you have any questions, we’re always here to help. Talk to a member of the LPI team if you’d like to discuss your future career in open source technologies and how getting certified with LPI can help advance your professional growth: http://www.lpi.org/about-lpi/contact-us.
(Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; March 16, 2017) The Linux Professional Institute (lpi.org) - the world's leading Linux certification organization - released version 4.5 of their LPIC-2 Linux Engineer certification earlier this month. The new developments reflect recent changes in Linux technology environments. New objectives were shaped with input from the open source community. The new version is currently available in English, German, and Japanese. French, Spanish, and Portuguese will be available in the near future.
As a community based certification agency, we continuously accept feedback on our exams. This feedback is included in our updates which take approximately a year to complete. "Before releasing the new exams, we allowed volunteers from our community to take the beta exams. We got a lot of good and constructive feedback that we worked into the final exams. We'd like to thank everyone who helped with the beta exams, and send congratulations to those candidates who were the first to pass the new LPIC-2 objectives” says Fabian Thorns, (Director of Certification Development, LPI).
He continues, “The exam has been updated according to recent changes in the Linux ecosystem and IT in general. Since TLS has become widely adopted on the Internet, we now require our candidates to know how to encrypt all the network services covered in the exam. We also would like to see our candidates setting up IPv6 for all their systems. Other important areas of the update include the introduction of SSSD and Sieve filters, as well as standard updates to such software as Apache HTTPD 2.4 and Samba 4.”
G. Matthew Rice (Executive Director, LPI) goes on to explain, “Interest in open source technology continues to grow with both corporations and individuals alike. This results in constant improvements and additions to the body of open and freely available software. The updates to our LPIC-2 certification reflect these changes with the inclusion of new and updated topics which help to improve security, performance, integrations, and much more. For anyone interested in staying informed of the latest technologies available to an open source professional, the LPIC-2 certification will prove a valuable, complete, and clear resource”.
There are many learning materials that you can use to study for the new exam. A great place to start is the Free Training Materials page from our LPI wiki. There are also several LPI books that have already been updated to cover the new version. NOTE: check the version number and age of any book to ensure it covers the newest version of the exam.
You can review the new objectives on the website at http://www.lpi.org/our-certifications/exam-201-objectives. Plus, you can find a detailed list of changes made to the exam, here.
Want to certify your Linux skills? You can find out how to take our exams, here: http://www.lpi.org/certifications.
For more information on our new or existing exams, contact a member of the LPI team: http://www.lpi.org/about-lpi/contact-us.
LPI will be taking part in Scale 15x, the fifteenth annual Linux Open Source event, which explores all Open Source operating systems and software. It will be held this year from March 2 to March 5 at the Pasadena Convention Centre, in Pasadena California -- near the tech hub of Silicon Valley.
Join us at SCALE and meet the LPI team in the exhibition area at booth 602. We will be discussing our new certification, LPI Certified DevOps Tools Engineer, and offering our paper based exams at the event. For those of you eager to advance your Open Source skills, we will also be hosting exam sessions at special pricing.
Linux Essentials will cost $75 USD, and our other exams (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3) will be available for $99 USD per exam. Places are limited, so please reserve a spot via our registration page: https://www.lpi.org/exam-registration. Payments can be made in cash or credit card at the door, or in advance at registration.
Exams will take place in Room 205 at SCALE, on Saturday, March 4 at 11AM and 3PM, as well as Sunday, March 5, at 11AM and 3PM. If you have not yet registered for Scale 15x be sure to use the code LPI for a 50% discount. We hope to see you there! Follow our LPI Facebook page and our LPI Twitter account, @LPIConnect, for future updates.
See you in sunny Pasadena!
Author: Jon maddog Hall.
Some of my readers may know that I am the Chair for the Board of Directors of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). Like many things I do, this is a volunteer job, and I could not do it without help from many other volunteers.
Founded in 1999, LPI was created as a Canadian based non-profit to “certify users of computer software programs” and “facilitate the exchange of information between computer users”. Since that time LPI has delivered over 500,000 tests, and currently has over 200,000 certificate holders in over 180 countries.
The certifications so far are on four major levels, known as “LPI Linux Essentials (LE)”, “Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)”, “Linux Systems Engineer (LPIC-2)” and a variety of advanced topics at the LPIC-3 level such as “Security”, “Virtualization and High Availability” and “Mixed Environment”.
LPI separates the function of “certification” from “learning”, allowing potential job seekers to study the objectives for each test and to pick the method of learning that suits them best, whether it be self-study, reading articles on the Internet or from magazines and books, or taking a formal course from one of LPI's many partners.
LPI is a community-based model for developing its certifications. LPI first creates a “Job Task Analysis” to see what types of tasks and knowledge that someone needs to do a particular job. LPI reaches out to the community of people who are actually performing that job or managing those people. LPI then gathers these job tasks, analyzes them, and creates a list of these tasks. After the JTA is created, LPI then approaches this community of people and asks of them what types of questions would these people ask of a job candidate to determine that they could do those tasks correctly. Finally, give that list of questions, LPI approaches the community to find out what answers would be expected as “correct”.
After this procedure the test questions are put into beta tests, given to potential certification holders, and the tests and answers run through a process called psychometrics that uses statistics to help assure the quality of the testing procedure.
Recently LPI decided to create an LPI Certification Open Technology for DevOPs named “LPIC-OT DevOps Engineer Certification”. Unlike other LPI tests (which were GNU/Linux oriented), this certification is OS neutral, and therefore hopefully useful for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Apple and (perhaps even) Microsoft Windows DevOps Engineers. The certification will test the ability of the candidate to create a DevOps workflow and to optimize their daily administration and development tasks. One major concession to LPI's strategy, however, is to focus on “Open Source” and freely available DevOPs tools and procedures when available versus closed source tools.
Therefore LPI is asking DevOps engineers and managers to participate in defining the Job Task Analysis. If you are willing to help LPI (and in the traditional FOSS way, eventually helping yourself), please go to http://lpi.org/devops and participate in the Job Task Analysis.
Thank you, and Carpe Diem!
LISA16 is the place where system engineers and operations professionals share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.
LISA16 is the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. The LISA16 program addresses the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering. LISA 16 offers a highly curated program focusing on three topics: architecture, culture, and engineering.
When: December 7-8, 2016
Where: Boston, MA
Meet LPI Chairman, Jon ’maddog’ Hall, Executive Director G. Matthew Rice, and our Chief Operating Officer, Medina Dupuis at Booth 109.
Come and join us at the booth to say hello and learn about our new DevOps certification. We will be happy to help you become part of the Job Task Analysis process for the LPI Certified Open Technology DevOps Engineer program. The JTA is taking place right now and you can be a part of the process.
For more information on LISA16, visit https://www.usenix.org/conference/lisa16.
See you in Boston!