LPI Linux Essentials

Show employers that you have the foundational skills required for your next job or promotion.

Linux adoption continues to rise world-wide as individual users, government entities and industries ranging from automotive to space exploration embrace open source technologies. This expansion of open source in enterprise is redefining traditional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) job roles to require more Linux skills. Whether you’re starting your career in open source, or looking for advancement, independently verifying your skill set can help you stand out to hiring managers or your management team.

The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC) also serves as an ideal stepping-stone to the more advanced LPIC Professional Certification track for Linux Systems Administrators.

Current Version: 1.5 (Exam code 010-150)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification

Requirements: Passing the Linux Essentials 010 exam

Validity Period: Lifetime

Languages: English, German, Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian, Spanish (Modern), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)

To receive the Linux Essentials Certificate the candidate must:

  • have an understanding of the Linux and open source industry and knowledge of the most popular open source Applications;
  • understand the major components of the Linux operating system, and have the technical proficiency to work on the Linux command line; and
  • have a basic understanding of security and administration related topics such as user/group management, working on the command line, and permissions.

Linux skills enhance many ICT job roles


Front End Web

Back End Web






Embedded Systems




Dev Ops

IT/ Technical Support

Mobile Application Support

NOC Operator

Big Data





Cloud Architect

Microsoft Systems


Data Analyst


The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate validates a demonstrated understanding of the follwing:

  • FOSS, the various communities, and licenses.
  • Knowledge of open source applications in the workplace as they relate to closed source equivalents.
  • Basic concepts of hardware, processes, programs and the components of the Linux Operating System.
  • How to work on the command line and with files.
  • How to create and restore compressed backups and archives.
  • System security, users/groups and file permissions for public and private directories.
  • How to create and run simple scripts.
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92% of employers said IT certified individuals receive higher starting salaries than those without.

-CompTIA HR Perceptions of IT Training and Certification Study

44% of hiring managers are increasing salaries for open source talent over other departments

-open source Jobs Report

87% of organizations say it’s hard to find open source talent

-open source Jobs Report