Become an LPI Member and Set Our Future Direction

As a global organization offering certifications in more than 180 countries, and as a non-profit, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) seeks broad diversity on its Board of Directors. If you have obtained a professional level certification through LPI, you can become an LPI Member and vote for the Board or and even run in the Board elections. We encourage all certified people to take the next steps to create a Board that represents everybody who can benefit from free and open source software.

LPI Membership

First, become a Member. It’s easy if you have obtained at least one LPI professional certification. Over the past several years, LPI has become a Member-based organization and holds Board elections annually in which Members vote. The new form of openness is an important element for the non-profit organization to encourage open source communities globally. “Our mission is to promote the use of open source by supporting the people who work with it. The best way to do that is to involve people around the world and listen to them,” said Kenneth Armstrong, LPI Community Manager.

Board Elections

The 2023 elections page lists key dates and other information about the upcoming annual election and Annual General Meeting (AGM). Anyone can apply to be a candidate for the Board: You don’t need to be a Member of LPI or even a longtime part of our community. We’re looking for people who share LPI’s mission (to promote the use of open source by supporting the people who work with it) while bringing to us a broad range of skills, views and experience.

We’re a global organization that seeks a Board as diverse as we are, and are especially looking for people with backgrounds in:

  • Non-profit governance
  • Finance and business management
  • Open Source (of course)
  • Promotion and advocacy
  • Human Resources and Career Development
  • Membership programs
  • STEM and IT Education
  • Skills standards and certification

The deadline for running is May 9.

LPI wants the more than 200,000 people around the world who have certifications to set the direction for our work. You can further the missions of free and open source software by becoming an LPI Member and voting.

If you are interested in becoming a member or joining the board of directors, please contact

About Andrew Oram:

Andy is a writer and editor in the computer field. His editorial projects at O'Reilly Media ranged from a legal guide covering intellectual property to a graphic novel about teenage hackers. Andy also writes often on health IT, on policy issues related to the Internet, and on trends affecting technical innovation and its effects on society. Print publications where his work has appeared include The Economist, Communications of the ACM, Copyright World, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Vanguardia Dossier, and Internet Law and Business. Conferences where he has presented talks include O'Reilly's Open Source Convention, FISL (Brazil), FOSDEM (Brussels), DebConf, and LibrePlanet. Andy participates in the Association for Computing Machinery's policy organization, USTPC.

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