LPI Holds South African Exam Item Writing Workshop

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the premier Linux certification organization, worldwide (http://www.lpi.org), announced today that it will hold an Item Writing Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2005.

(I-Newswire) May 24, 2005 - "LPI's Item Writing Workshops provide an opportunity for Linux professionals to contribute and monitor the validity of the examination and certification process employed by LPI, as we continue to pursue and promote the value of vendor-neutral and standards based certification for Linux administrators. This is the essence of what LPI is about: recognized certification of Linux professionals by their own peers," said Evan Leibovitch, President, LPI.

LPI offers a standardized, multi-national and highly respected program to certify levels of individual expertise in Linux. Exams are created using psychometric (the scientific study of testing) techniques to develop high quality exams with direct relevance to the skills being tested. LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in seven different languages with the support of employers, vendors and trainers. Level One and Level Two certifications (LPIC-1 and LPIC-2) reflect the successful completion of two exams at each level.

The development of LPI's exams is highly dependent on "hands-on" involvement from the Linux community and, in keeping with its grass-roots philosophy, that means the community actively contributes to on-going refinement of the exams through a series of item writing workshops. By gathering together a small group of certified or highly experienced, senior-level, Linux professionals to write items (questions) at various times and in various locations around the world, LPI builds its selection of exam questions, based on the industry-knowledge of the community.

Once the questions are developed, they go through a subsequent and rigorous review process before they are pilot tested and submitted for psychometric testing. From the item writing stage to examination will require several months. Item writing workshops have previously been held in St. Louis and China for Level One question formulation. A recent workshop in Essen, Germany, was the first Level Two question writing event. The Pretoria workshop will add new question item selections to the Level One exams.

Item writers submit question suggestions and follow a process of corresponding and providing feedback to each other before assembling to review a short-list of possible new additions.

LPI's certification (LPIC) is the internationally recognized certification program for Linux administrators. This workshop will involve a group of 10 professionals, selected from the successful candidates who were LPIC-1 certified at LPI's Big Exam Lab held in Johannesburg in February 2005.

Alan McKinnon, Production Director of Linux Holdings (Pty) Ltd., in Pretoria, and the organizer of both the February exam lab and this item writing workshop says, "The LPI exams, like almost everything else in Linux, are built by the community in a co-operative fashion. It's an open and transparent process where everyone who wants to contribute may do so.

Some of us in this community write the software, others write documentation, some of us participate in marketing. Most of us, in some way, take the time to give back to the community. We operate as a "gift culture", where your standing in the community is measured by how much you give away, not by how much you have.

Our back-office administrators now have another way to give back to their peers - by helping to develop the exam that will certify the next generation. By using their own real-life experience and solutions to problems, they generate realistic questions that actually measure something useful. This is how we get around a common complaint about exam questions - that they are often not relevant to real life.

It is extremely important for the industry to have an independent certification body that can issue certificates that are respected, meaningful and valid. I consider it an honour and a privilege to be able to take part in this effort."

Globally, LPI's certification program has delivered more than 75,000 certification exams since the program's inception in 2000.

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

To learn more, contact the Linux Professional Institute at http://www.lpi.org or Linux Holdings (PTY) Ltd., at http://www.linuxholdings.co.za.

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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.

About Linux Holdings (Pty) Ltd:
Linux Holdings (Pty) Ltd. incorporates a unique combination of resources, intelligently applied to provide value-added services to our clients. Our team includes a dynamic group of instructors who are at the forefront of determining the specific training needs of the open source software market. They are strategically positioned to design training programs and support systems which are tailor-made for the client. Collectively, we have over a decade of training experience. Over the last three years, the focus was aimed at developing the advanced Linux administrator courses. We have developed and adapted our own training material which has greatly contributed to the success of our students. Linux Holdings is the result of incorporating expertise and experience on various levels core focus of the business is the provision of training, and the company has additional strengths within the company's domain which include marketing, technical, hosting and software development.

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