Linux Enterprise Professional Certification

The LPIC-3 certification is the culmination of LPI's certification program.

LPIC-3 is designed for the enterprise-level Linux professional. The program has been developed with the advice of hundreds of Linux professionals and some of the world's leading technology companies. It also represents the highest level of professional, distribution-neutral Linux certification within the industry.

Please note: LPIC-3 304 is currently being updated to reflect new objectives. If you plan on taking your exams between February and August 30th, 2015, please review the details.

Important Note: The LPIC-3 certification program was revised in October 2013. Exams 301 and 302 were replaced by 300: Mixed Environment. To become LPIC-3 certified, candidates must successfully pass at least one of the 300 series specialty exams: Mixed Environment (300), Security (303), or Virtualization and High Availability (304). For those who hold the retired LPIC-3 Core (LPI-301) and LPIC-3 Mixed Environments (LPI-302), they will remain valid certifications for 5 years in accordance with our certification policy.


  • 300 Mixed Environment (replaced 301 and 302 as of October 2013)
  • 303 Security
  • 304 Virtualization and High Availability

Exam 300: Mixed Environment

The successful completion of this exam entitles candidates to the specialty designation: LPIC-3 Mixed Environment.

  • Designation: LPIC-3 Mixed Environment
  • Status: Specialty available Oct 1, 2013
  • Prerequisites: You must have an active LPIC-2 certification to receive LPIC-3 certification, but the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 exams may be taken in any order
  • Requirements: Passing the LPI-300 exam

Overview of Tasks

To pass LPIC-3 Mixed Environment specialty you should:

    Have several years experience with installing and maintaining Linux on many computers for various purposes
  • Have integration experience with diverse technologies and operating systems
  • Have professional experience as, or training for, an enterprise-level Linux professional. (This includes experience as a part of another role.)
  • Know advanced and enterprise levels of Linux administration, including installation, management, security, troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Be able to use open-source tools to measure capacity planning and to troubleshoot resource problems
  • Have professional experience using LDAP to integrate with Unix services and Windows services, including Samba, PAM, NSS, Active Directory
  • Be able to plan, architecture, design, build and implement a full environment using Samba3, Samba4 and LDAP.

Exam 303: Security

The successful completion of this exam entitles candidates to the specialty designation: LPI-3 Security.

Overview of Tasks

To pass LPI-303 security specialty you should:

  • Have necessary skills and experience as outlined in LPIC-3 core exam
  • Design and implement customized solutions to complex automation problems such as multi-site enterprises and heavy-duty Internet sites
  • Initiate projects and work against a budget.
  • Supervise assistants and help troubleshoot problems.
  • Serve as a consultant to higher management.

Exam 304: Virtualization & High Availability

The successful completion of this exam entitles candidates to the specialty designation: LPIC-3 Virtualization and High Availability