Linux Professional Institute

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Linux Professional Institute
LPI logo
Founded October 25, 1999
Type 149(1), Income Tax Act (Canada), Non-profit organization
Focus IT qualification
Products Linux Essentials, LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3 300, LPIC-3 303, LPIC-3 304, DevOps Tools Engineer

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a non-profit organization founded on October 25, 1999, and it is the global certification standard and career-support organization for open-source professionals, with more than 500,000 exams delivered.

LPI is committed to the development of a global standard in Linux certification. LPI believes that such a certification program must meet the requirements of both IT professionals and the organizations that would employ them. To achieve this goal LPI has adopted an open, rigorous, and consultative development process, which uses both volunteer and hired resources. The development process is widely recognized and endorsed and has met the strict requirements of independent certification authorities.

LPI has certified professionals in over 180 countries, delivers exams in 9 languages, and has over 400 training partners.

LPI Certification Program

The exams cover a range of different Linux and Open Source topics. The exams are available in almost every country in the world, and are translated into a number of different languages. The exams are primarily multiple choice questions, with some written answers. These are either taken using a computer based system, or using a paper based exam.

The organization encourages active community participation in creating and updating exams. Anyone can use the exam Objectives Development wiki , or the Exam Development Mailing List to participate in the creation of new exams and the update of the existing ones.

The exams are distribution-neutral, requiring a broad knowledge of various platforms rather than specifics about a certain distribution or vendor.

The LPI program consists of an entry-level Linux certificate, three tiered professional Linux certifications, and an open technology DevOps tools certification.

Each level is mapped to one certification, as follows:


The Linux Professional Institute Inc. was incorporated as a Canadian non-profit organization on October 25, 1999. It is headquartered near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The exams are not normally administered by Linux Professional Institute Inc., but instead through one of the Pearson VUE test centres. A number of exams are also offered at major Linux and IT trade shows and conferences, where the exams are often available at a reduced price. Beta exams are offered as part of the community feedback process and are free of charge.

International Regional Partners

LPI works with organizations around the world to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux, Open Source and Free Software. This work involves a strategy of assisting and co-operating with existing organizations that share similar interests. Our "Regional Enablement Initiative" focuses on identifying the best partner organizations in regions around the globe that are best suited for the task of promoting Linux professionalism and are also able, with our assistance, to identify other partner organizations.[1]

LPI Recertification Policy

LPI has changed its recertification policy three times from its founding. At first there was no recertification policy, but on 1 September 2004 LPI decided to introduce a ten-year recertification policy in order to supply relevant and current skills. Certification designations earned before 1 September 2004 were considered lifetime designations and were not affected by that policy. Again on 1 December 2006 LPI decided that the provided skills were not relevant and current so they introduced a five-year recertification policy.[2] Candidates who have earned LPIC certifications will have to re-certify every five years or alternatively earn a higher certification status even if their certification was earned prior to 1 September 2004. However, certification designations earned prior to 1 September 2003 were considered ACTIVE certifications until September 1, 2008.

See also


  1. ^ "Regional Support and Regional Partners".
  2. ^ "Linux Professional Institute Policies".

External links

  • The Linux Professional Institute
  • LPI Mailing lists
  • IBM LPI Exam practice resources
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