Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1

The world’s largest and most recognized Linux certification

LPIC-1 is the first certification in the multi-level Linux professional certification program of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI). The LPIC-1 will validate the candidate’s ability to perform maintenance tasks on the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and configure basic networking.

The LPIC-1 is designed to reflect current research and validate a candidate’s proficiency in real world system administration. The objectives are tied to real-world job skills, which we determine through job task analysis surveying during exam development.

Current version: 5.0 (Exam codes 101-500 and 102-500)

Objectives: 101-500 and 102-500

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this certification.

Requirements: Passing the 101 and 102 exams. Each 90-minute exam is 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions.

Validity period: 5 years unless retaken or higher level is achieved.

Cost: Click here for exam pricing in your country.

Languages for exam available in VUE test centers: English, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Spanish (Modern)

Languages for exam available online via OnVUE: English, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish

To become LPIC-1 certified the candidate must be able to:

  • understand the architecture of a Linux system;
  • install and maintain a Linux workstation, including X11 and setup it up as a network client;
  • work at the Linux command line, including common GNU and Unix commands;
  • handle files and access permissions as well as system security; and
  • perform easy maintenance tasks: help users, add users to a larger system, backup and restore, shutdown and reboot.
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81% of hiring managers say hiring open source talent is a priority

-Open Source Jobs Report 2020

74% of hiring managers say that Linux is the most in-demand skill they seek in new hires

-Open Source Jobs Report 2020

68% open source pros planning to get certified in 2020 (in relation to 47% in 2016)

-Open Source Jobs Report 2020

To become LPIC-1 certified, you must pass both the 101 and 102 exams

At LPI we take the guesswork out of what’s on the exam. Our exam objectives show you what topics you can expect to find on the exams as well as the relative importance of those topics. No matter which study resources you choose to prepare for your LPI exams, reviewing the individual exam objectives should be at the core of any study plan.

LPIC-1 exam 101 topics

  • System Architecture
  • Linux Installation and Package Management
  • GNU and Unix Commands
  • Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
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LPIC-1 exam 102 topics

  • Shells and Shell Scripting
  • Interfaces and Desktops
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Essential System Services
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Security
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