CompTIA launches new Linux+ exams

Certifications include up-to-date content on changes to core Linux technologies

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CompTIA launches new Linux+ exams CompTIA said that demand for skilled Linux professionals is outpacing the supply of qualified candidates
By  Tom Paye Published  April 22, 2015

CompTIA this week announced the launch of new exams for its Linux+ Powered by LPI certification, an international credential for junior-level Linux administrators.

The new exams include up-to-date content on changes in core Linux technologies and processes used by Linux administrators, CompTIA said. This includes developments related to IPv6; the increased use of Linux in cloud-based environments; a heightened emphasis on security; and additional troubleshooting skills.

CompTIA said that these new exams are entering the market at a time when the demand for skilled Linux professionals is outpacing the supply of qualified candidates.

"Linux is now embedded into IT; it's part of the tool kit," said James Stanger, senior director, product management, CompTIA. "Most ‘hot jobs' in today's IT workforce directly involve or are closely related to Linux."

Individuals must pass two exams to become CompTIA Linux+ certified. CompTIA recommended that candidates for the certification should be CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified, with at least 12 months of on-the-job Linux administration experience.

CompTIA added that, because it has partnered to the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) to create the new exams, IT professionals who earn the new certification can also apply to be recognised as LPIC1 and SUSE-Certified Linux Administrator certified, too. CompTIA said this provided IT professionals with a ‘three-for-one' situation.

"The three-for-one relationship is unique in the industry and delivers tremendous value for the individual IT professional," said Teresa Sears, product manager, skills certification, CompTIA. 

Over 22,000 IT professionals are certified in CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI, the organisation said.

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