Linux Professional Institute puts Linux in the classrooms

Linux Professional Institute puts Linux in the classrooms

Summary: Businesses really, really want trained Linux professionals, and the Linux Professional Institute wants to help by providing a new training program for middle-school students on up.

TOPICS: Linux, IT Employment

Do you want a job in IT? Then you really need to learn Linux and open-source software.

An LPI certification can help you land a Linux job.

When I was at the open-source OSCon convention earlier this year,  everyone, and I mean everyone, including Microsoft, was looking to hire people with Linux and open-source experience. A recent Dice and Linux Foundation survey found that 93 percent of employers were looking to hire Linux staffers in the next six months and that 90 percent were having trouble finding qualified individuals.

The problem is that there aren't enough Linux-savvy people around. The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the oldest, non-vendor linked Linux certification organization, has a solution: The LPI Academy.

According to the LPI, "The LPI Academy program empowers educators to prepare students for an entry-level Linux Essentials course (a globally recognized "Certificate of Achievement") and to further students' or employees' career path as a Systems Administrator via LPI's professional certification track."

LPI Academy curriculum resources consist of the following elements:

  • LPI Exam Objectives and Examinations
  • LPI Partner Course Materials
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Classroom Labs
  • Instructor training

For schools the virtues of the LPI Academy program are that it enables them to include LPI educational resources into their existing organizational curricula without creating new learning materials that align with their own programs or an up-front participation fee as is often the case with other "affiliation-based" IT training programs.

The LPI has been providing Linux classes and certification for more than a decade. While the LPI certifications are not as well-regarded as Red Hat's higher-end Linux certifications, they've proven to be useful for both IT job hunters and companies looking for qualified IT employees.

The LPI Academy program is designed prepare students for an entry level Linux job, the LPIC-1. Students who receive a LPIC-1 are also eligible for the SUSE Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) certification.

Finally, the LPI noted that "the LPI Academy assists students to connect with LPI's global community and Jobs Initiative so that they may obtain valuable work experience before graduation from their formal education program. This combination of education and certification and experience provides students with a competitive edge when seeking that all important first job and a subsequent lifelong learning path for career advancement."

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  • Linux Professional Institute puts Linux in the classrooms

    Great job, LPI Academy.
  • Linux Professional Institute puts Linux in the classrooms

    How are they going to learn anything in the classrooms when the students and instructors are going to have to recompile the kernel and apply patches/updates after every class?
    • The article paid for by the LPI

      LPI, making students skills irrelevant one class at a time. Just did a job search for linux and didn't see nearly the display of jobs requiring linux that this article tells us we should be seeing. There is no excitement in linux to make people want to use it.
      • Clearly you did not even try...

        Wow!, a 2 second search gets me.....

        Linux Systems Administrator | Houston and Austin, Texas
        Technical Support Rep | Houston and Austin, Texas
        UX Designer | Austin, Texas

        Keep playing you might make one day. LOL
      • Look and do not find

        That's what happens when you use Bing. Next time, try a real search engine like duckduckgo.
      • As a Senior Linux Systems Administrator

        let me tell you the demand is through the roof. 2-3 legitimate calls daily when my resume is online(Dice) 4 or more Indian recruiter calls(which i ignore).
    • telnet

      Hehe you forgot to meantion closing the telnet port :P
    • Its 2013...

      Which distribution requires this?
  • This is Fantastic News

    As one who hires Linux admins, I can attest to the difficulty finding candidates. I generally find only non-US citizens qualified, while our state government (Hawaii) chooses to host an "IT Academy" that only teaches Microsoft software. It's a travesty (and I'm an MCSE). Kudos to the LPI, this is great news.
  • Linux is easy compared to ...

    I have never liked programming as it was so tedious. I was good at it but rarely enjoyed it. There are infinite online free sources for learning it - I'm doing it so I can have more control and set up my own network - just open source ISP - as am tired of their lousy protection, especially if one has a roommate in grad school, on windows
  • Avoid Vendor-Specific Qualifications

    Vendor/product-specific qualifications have a short shelf-life, because a certification for version N of a product becomes useless once version N+1 is released.

    This applies just as much to Linux distros: being qualified only in Red Hat or Android is almost as dumb as getting a Windows-specific certification. Much better to have more general Linux experience that is applicable across a range of distros. This means being au fait with the command line and editing text config files, not being tied to distro-specific GUI tools.
  • Forget LPI

    LPI certs aren't worth much. Do yourself a favor and get Red Hat Certified. The recruiter calls won't stop.

    Furthermore, if everyone you learn about Linux (or IT in general) is taught to you in a classroom, you're not going to be successful. Get out there and start using it!
    Michael Gugino