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CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI

Best Linux Certifications For 2017
By , Mary Kyle

CompTIA exercises extraordinary certification clout at the entry level in many IT niches. This non-profit organization has shown itself as willing to team up with more focused IT organizations, associations and consortia to combine their own market reach and visibility with niche smarts and subject matter expertise on loan from various partners.

One great example is the organization's partnership with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), which resulted in the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI credential. This unique certification replaced the original CompTIA Linux+ certification in 2010 and uses the same two exams required for LPIC-1 certification.

As a result of this partnership, IT professionals who are serious about Linux can earn both the Linux+ credential and the LPIC-1 at the same time. Candidates must first earn the Linux+ credential and then submit a request to CompTIA asking that their results be sent to LPI to obtain the LPIC-1 certification. CompTIA exam records are confidential, so candidates must request that their records be forwarded to LPI when taking the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams.

Earning the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI requires candidates to pass two exams. The first covers system architecture, installation and package management, GNU and Unix commands, devices, file systems and standard file system hierarchies. The second exam digs into command shells, scripting and data management, user interfaces and desktops, administrative tasks and activities, basic system services, networking fundamentals and security topics.

The Linux+ credential is valid for life.

CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI Facts & Figures

Certification NameCompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI
Prerequisites & Required CoursesNone required

Recommended: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux administration experience
Number of ExamsTwo exams: LX0-103 and LX0-104 (60 multiple-choice questions each, 90 minutes, 500 required out of 200-800 scale to pass)
Cost per Exam$194 per exam; prices vary by geography
URLhttps://certification.comptia.org/certifications/linux
Self-Study MaterialsCompTIA maintains a list of training materials and additional study options including links to study guides, exam crams, practice tests, online and classroom training, CertMaster, and more. Additional third-party review materials may be found on Amazon.