For nearly 20 years, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has helped to steer careers and entrepreneurship by proving the skills of practitioners working with open source software. Meticulously neutral about Linux distributions, training methods, and even open source operating systedms, LPI has earned the confidence of hundreds of thousands of people in more than 180 countries.
At its core, LPI is its certification holders. So, we felt it was time to take the next step. Certification holders will soon be able to become LPI members, which means they'll have the ability to elect our Board of Directors and steer the direction of the organization. Further, members will be able to keep their certification up-to-date and their status active through professional development activity such as education, work experience, or participating in open source projects and communities.
Like other professional societies, such as lawyers and doctors, you'll need to be an open source practitioner in order to participate. If you're already a holder of an active LPI certification, joining will be easy. We're also working on simple ways for holders of inactive and non-LPI certifications to become members.
We'll be offering a number of benefits, focusing on career advancement, continuing education, personal networking, community recognition, and advancing common interests in open source at the local level and throughout the world. We'll be providing member-only access to valuable training and analysis. We're working with partners to offer product discounts and joint memberships. Members' path to maintaining active status will be easier and more valuable than from just re-taking exams. And, of course, members will be able to determine the future direction of LPI by voting for its entire Board of Directors.