Thank you for your interest. The registration period for these beta exams has ended.

All LPIC-3 certifications are entering beta. Help us maintain their quality.

Continue reading to learn how to participate in the beta test.

Space is limited, read below how to register. In order to earn an LPIC-3 certification, an active LPIC-2 is required. Inactive LPIC-2 certifications can reactivated through the membership program (see: here)

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is updating the LPIC-3 certifications and offering beta exams.

LPI is committed to the development of global standards and certifications in Linux and open source innovation. A community of Linux professionals, volunteers, vendors, and educators design the LPI certification program that unites the requirements of both IT professionals and the organizations that would employ them.

To achieve this goal we have adopted an open, rigorous, and consultative development process that uses both volunteer and hired resources. Our development process is widely recognized and endorsed and has met the strict requirements of independent certification authorities.

Beta exams are an important part of our exam development process. They ensure the quality and validity of our exam questions. We invite qualified candidates to take beta exams and provide feedback. Upon passing, beta exams count towards our certifications just like a regular exam. Results of a failed exam are deleted from a candidate’s profile upon request.

Selection Criteria

Note - Seats for beta exams are limited and we're currently accepting applications.

Space for each exam is limited to 175 candidates. Past performance on the exam is no guarantee of acceptance. LPI will select the candidates based on range of skill levels with a particular focus around the Minimum Qualified Candidate (MQC)  experience/skill set. Currently, we are accepting applications from volunteers with existing LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 certifications.

About All LPIC-3 Beta Exams (version 3.0)

  • Beta exams will be available from February 15 till May 28, 2021.
  • Registration for the beta exams will be open until April 29, 2021.
  • The price of each beta exam is $25 USD (and free for members).
  • The exams are available in the form of a computer based test through OnVUE online testing platform.
  • OnVUE online proctors and greeters are English speakers.
  • The time required for candidates to write the beta exam is 90 minutes for 60 multiple-choice and fill in the blank questions.
  • Near the end of the beta period, candidates will be asked to fill out a survey. This survey will be sent out through email.

Note that current LPIC-3 exams will remain available for 6 months after the release of updated exams.

Beta Exam Results

Beta results will be shared with candidates approximately 2 months after the beta test period is over. In order to receive the results, candidates have to fill in the survey.

LPIC-3 certification

The beta exam(s) will count toward your certification profile like a regular exam and are subject to the standard prerequisites in order to achieve or renew your certification. I.e. if you pass and have an active LPIC-2, you will be awarded the LPIC-3 certification.

About the LPIC-3 Certifications and a Major Change

The LPIC-3 certification is the culmination of the multi-level professional certification program of the LPI. LPIC-3 is designed for the enterprise-level Linux professional and represents the highest level of professional, distribution-neutral Linux certification within the industry. Soon, there will be four separate LPIC-3 specialty certifications available:

  • LPIC-3 Enterprise Security
  • LPIC-3 Enterprise Mixed Environment
  • LPIC-3 Enterprise Virtualization and Containerization
  • LPIC-3 Enterprise High Availability and Cluster Storage

Our existing LPIC-3 Enterprise Virtualization and High Availability certification will be retired, as it has split into the last two certifications above. All of the new exams will be released as version 3.0.

Updated Objectives and How To Prepare for the Exams

Passing any one of the four exams will grant the LPIC-3 certification for that specialty. An active LPIC-2 certification is required in order to obtain an LPIC-3 certification.

LPIC-3 Enterprise Mixed Environment (exam 300)

The LPIC-3 Enterprise Mixed Environment certification covers the administration of Linux systems enterprise-wide in a mixed environment. To become certified LPIC-3 Enterprise Mixed Environment professional, you must be familiar with the updated objectives:

  • Samba Basics
  • Samba and Active Directory Domains
  • Samba Share Configuration
  • Samba Client Configuration
  • Linux Identity Management and File Sharing

The updated objectives are available at:
https://wiki.lpi.org/wiki/LPIC-300_Objectives_V3.0


LPIC-3 Enterprise Security (exam 303)

The LPIC-3 Enterprise Security certification covers the administration of Linux systems enterprise-wide with an emphasis on security. To become certified LPIC-3 Enterprise Security  professional, you must be familiar with the updated objectives:

  • Cryptography
  • Host Security
  • Access Control
  • Network Security
  • Threats and Vulnerability Assessment

The updated objectives are available at:
https://wiki.lpi.org/wiki/LPIC-303_Objectives_V3.0


LPIC-3 Enterprise Virtualization and Containerization (exam 305)

The LPIC-3 Enterprise Virtualization and Containerization certification covers the virtualization, and deployment and provisioning of virtual machines. To become certified LPIC-3 Enterprise Virtualization and Containerization certified professional, you must be familiar with the updated objectives:

  • Full Virtualization
  • Container Virtualization
  • VM Deployment and Provisioning

The updated objectives are available at:
https://wiki.lpi.org/wiki/LPIC-305_Objectives_V3.0


LPIC-3 Enterprise High Availability and Cluster Storage (exam 306)

The LPIC-3 Enterprise High Availability and Cluster Storage certification covers the high availability cluster management and storage. To become certified LPIC-3 High Availability and Cluster Storage certified professional, you must be familiar with the updated objectives:

  • High Availability Cluster Management
  • High Availability Cluster Storage
  • High Availability Distributed Storage
  • Single Node High Availability

The updated objectives are available at:
https://wiki.lpi.org/wiki/LPIC-306_Objectives_V3.0