The LPIC Program
Thanks to the Linux Professional Institute (founded 1999), several professional qualifications can be studied in order to both learn more about the platform and demonstrate your expertise.
The LPIC (Linux Professional Institute Certification) Program is available in three stages, LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3, each suitable for different job types. Different skill requirements need to be learned in order to pass each level:
LPIC-1 – use command line, perform easy system and network maintenance, install and configure workstation and connect to network.
LPIC-2 – to study at this level, LPIC-1 must be passed, and the candidate able to administer a small site, plan, implement and maintain a small mixed network, manage an internet gateway and internet server, supervise colleagues and advise management on purchases.
LPIC-3 – LPIC-2 certification must be acquired before studying this certificate, which is designed for enterprise level Linux professionals with a greater number of requirements. Also a few years’ experience is required at LPIC-1 or LPIC-2 level before you are able to complete LPIC-3.
Note that LPIC-3 requires a considerably larger skill-set than LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 and it could be several years before you are able to study at this level; various other skills are also required here, such as cross platform administration, scripting and architecture planning.
Find out more about LPIC certification at www.lpi.org.