Our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Last changed April 6, 2020

In order to slow down the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), policies around the world have been enacted that may affect your ability to take Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exams or renew your certification status. Because your health and safety are most important, we are making some temporary changes to our policies to reduce the impact on our community:

  • A number of LPI exam labs have been cancelled, in some cases because their host event was also cancelled. Registered exam-takers will receive replacement vouchers, and when possible labs will be rescheduled.
  • All exam vouchers issued by LPI with an expiration date any time in 2020 will have the expiration date automatically extended by three months.
  • The dates that LPI certifications change from “active” to “inactive” status (usually five years after the certification was awarded) will be extended by 2 months. This currently only applies to certifications going inactive prior to June 30, 2020.
  • We are actively working with our exam-delivery partners to develop solutions that will enable candidates to take their exams from home, while still meeting our high standards of quality and security. We do not yet know when this will be available. We will update this information as soon as we know more about availability.

Our test-delivery partner, Pearson VUE, also maintains a COVID-19 web page that contains country-specific information about the status of its test centres and your ability to take LPI exams there. Note that in some locations Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) may be closing but independently-run VUE test centres may still be in operation. Please take appropriate precautions if taking an exam at this time. 

If COVID-19 in your area is causing difficulty not addressed above, please contact us by email at info@lpi.org

Please revisit  this page periodically to stay informed about further updates.

We at LPI hope that you stay safe and healthy during these difficult times. To stay informed about what you can do to protect yourself and those around you, consult your local governments or the World Health Organization website.

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