Linux Professional Institute BSD Specialist

The BSD Specialist certification is part of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Open Technology certification program.

The exam focuses on the practical skills required to work successfully in a FreeBSD, NetBSD or OpenBSD environment and tests the knowledge and skills needed to administer BSD operating systems.

The typical BSD Specialist certification holder is a system administrator of BSD operating systems. The certification holder has an understanding of the architecture of the BSD operating systems. This includes the ability to manage various aspects of a BSD installation, including the management of user accounts and groups, processes, file systems, installed software, and client networking configuration. The candidate is experienced in using standard BSD and Unix tools on the command line.

Current version: 1.0 (Exam code 702-100)

Objectives: 702-100

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite certification for taking the BSD Specialist Engineer exam. However, it is strongly recommended that a candidate has more than a year of experience in administering BSD systems of various kinds.

Requirements: Passing the BSD Specialist exam. The 90-minute exam is 60 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Validity period: 5 years

Cost: Click here for exam pricing in your country.

Languages for exam available in VUE test centers: English

Languages for exams available online via OnVUE: English

To receive the BSD Specialist certification the candidate must:

  • Have a working knowledge of BSD operating systems: FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD
  • Be able to install, manage, and configure BSD operating system
  • Be able to configure hardware, set kernel parameters, and manage system security
  • Have basic knowledge in BSD system administration, job scheduling, and system automation
  • Have basic network administration knowledge
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Primary jobs for BSD Specialists

System Administrators

  • FreeBSD System Administrator
  • NetBSD System Administrator
  • OpenBSD System Administrator
  • Unix Administrator
  • Server Administrator
  • IT Administrator


  • Security System Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Unix System Engineer
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)