Linux Professional Institute Announces Improvements to Certification Program


These improvements include regular rotation of exam questions, objectives review, and merging of the 101 exam forms that contain RPM and DPKG package management questions.

(I-Newswire) May 12, 2005 - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), (http://www.lpi.org/), the premier professional certification program for the Linux community worldwide, announced today ongoing improvements and changes to its Certification program. These improvements include regular rotation of exam questions, objectives review, and merging of the 101 exam forms that contain RPM and DPKG package management questions.



Exam Question rotation:

Since September 2004 LPI has undertaken an extensive review of its exam questions which has led to a rotation of exam questions for both levels of exams (LPIC-1 and LPIC-2). Given the increasing global popularity of LPI's certification program, input from candidates and training partners on exam questions has increased. Regular and more frequent exam question rotation and development of new questions will lead to greater exam quality and protection from "braindumps" or cheating.



Objective Review:

Input on exam questions and research on exam quality has enabled the Certification team at LPI to initiate an objective review and update process. Internal efforts will continue until June 30, 2005 (2005-06-30) at which time LPI will solicit wider community input on updating LPIC-1 objectives until the end of the year. A similar effort involving community and stakeholder input will be undertaken for the review of LPIC-2 objectives from September 2005 (2005-09-01) until the end of February 2006 (2006-02-28).


The objective review process will include improvements to facilitate greater participation by the community and stakeholders. The review will include both the objective description (non-technical language to describe identified tasks) and the key knowledge areas where the technology and software used will be described in more detail. However, the basic content of each objective will not change.


These updated objectives will be effective for LPIC-1 in April 2006 (2006-04) and for LPIC-2 in May 2006 (2006-05). In the interim and after the review is completed the Certification team will publish a publicly available file comparing the differences between the old and new objectives. All community members are invited to send their objective-related comments to objectives@lpi.org.



Merging RPM and DPKG Package Management Exam Questions:

Following extensive internal review and community input through discussion lists and a RFC (https://group.lpi.org/cgi-bin/publicwiki/view/Operations/RFC8) LPI has decided to merge the separate exam forms 101 and 151. These separate exam forms on Exam 101 for LPIC-1 gave exam candidates a choice between RPM and DPKG package management. However, there has been increasing community consensus that a certified Linux sysadmin should know both types of package management. In addition, a single form enables certain internal efficiencies both in terms of piloting new items and publishing costs. As a result as of September 1, 2005 (2005-09-01) exam candidates will be required to know both forms of package management in order to successfully complete their LPIC-1.


LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in seven languages. It has delivered more than 75,000 Level One and Level Two certification exams globally since the program's inception, in 1999.


LPI supports affiliate networks on five continents worldwide, including Brazil, Bulgaria, Jamaica, United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, Australia and China, France, the UK and South Africa.

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About Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional certification for the Linux operating system, independent of software vendors or training providers. Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops accessible, internationally-recognized certification programs which have earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers and professionals throughout the world in many different capacities, and the group encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its website at www.lpi.org. LPI's multi-level program of exams is administered globally through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM (NYSE:IBM), Bradford Learning, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Maxspeed, Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), SGI (NYSE:SGI), and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP) and Wave Technologies.





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