About the relationship between CompTIA and LPI, and between Linux+ and LPIC-1

Quick Facts

  • CompTIA is releasing their own Linux+ exam in 2019 which will not be eligible for obtaining the LPIC-1
  • Candidates who pass the "Powered by LPI" version of the Linux+ exams (LX0-103 and LX0-104) can still obtain the LPIC-1. CompTIA will continue to offer these two exams until October 1, 2019.



For nearly a decade, CompTIA has worked with Linux Professional Institute (LPI) to provide its career-oriented skills certification in the configuration and administration of computer systems running the Linux operating system.

Until now, CompTIA has offered the “Linux+ Powered by LPI” certification. This has been functionally identical to, LPI’s LPIC-1 certification -- the first level of a three-tier comprehensive jobs-oriented Linux skills-assessment program.

This year, the partnership will be ending and CompTIA will release its own “Linux+” certification which is completely independent of LPI. It is our understanding that the original “Powered by LPI” version of Linux+ will be offered in parallel with the new one until October 1, 2019.


What has changed in LPIC-1?

Nothing except our routine updates. The multi-level LPIC credential remains the world’s most desired open source certification. We continue to work towards keeping it globally relevant to the needs of employers and those wanting a career in open source. The recently-released version 5, a major update to LPIC-1, demonstrates the latest in our ongoing commitment to track important changes to Linux systems that are important to those seeking employment or entrepreneurship in the field. As an organization we remain committed to reflecting the needs of open source practitioners, which we have done since the day LPI began.


What has changed in the CompTIA Linux+ program?

The new CompTIA Linux+ certification indicates a significant departure from the previous program that was based on LPIC-1. It covers less material and as a result goes from two exams to one. Its exam development process no longer relies on LPI’s global community of open source experts to maintain quality, completeness and relevance to the evolution of Linux.

Holders of the existing “Linux+ powered by LPI” certification have been able, at no cost, to obtain the LPIC-1 designation as well. The new CompTIA Linux+ certification is no longer eligible for this. Therefore it is no longer sufficient or acceptable as a prerequisite for LPI’s advanced LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 programs.

Only holders of the “Powered by LPI” version of Linux+, requiring exams LX0-103 and LX0-104, may obtain LPIC-1 designation in addition to their Linux+ certification.


When will my CompTIA Linux+ certificate expire?

That is up to CompTIA’s policies over which LPI has no control. Previous “Linux+ powered by LPI” certifications whose holders which have obtained LPIC-1 designation remain subject to LPI’s policies (regarding their LPIC-1) and will remain active for five years from the original date of certification. LPI is developing a new membership program which will enable members to maintain their status without additional testing.


What are the advantages of the LPI Linux programs?

Linux Professional Institute has been promoting jobs and entrepreneurship in the field of open source for 20 years. Its proven four-level program of Linux certification enables practitioners around the world to rise to their level of interest using technology models that elevate the world.

  • Linux Essentials is our most accessible program, proving the skills necessary for entry-level positions using Linux. It provides the basic foundation for branching into web services, software development and specialized fields such as 3D printing.
  • LPIC-1 is our foundational certification program and readies the career-seeker for environments that require a well-rounded, complete understanding of any Linux system.
  • LPIC-2 builds on LPIC-1 to prove more-advanced skills in Linux administration, Internet tools and system security for larger installations.
  • LPIC-3 is the top-level certification that tests specialized enterprise-scale skills required for enhanced network security, high-availability computing and working in mixed environments.

Together the four levels of LPI testing provide a seamless and unmatched progression from open source beginner to enterprise expert. All levels of LPI exams receive the same level of quality and commitment to advancing careers and entrepreneurship in open source.

For more information contact info@lpi.org