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Linux Certification Program launched

Linux Foundation launches program to certify Linux professionals

Linux Certification Program launched
The certifications will enable employers to easily identify Linux talent, says Zemlin.

The Linux Foundation has launched a new independent Linux Foundation Certification Program to help Linux professionals to prove their skills.

The non-profit organisation, which supports the growth of Linux, has launched two certifications under the program for early-career and engineer-level systems administrators.

According to the 2014 Linux Jobs Survey and Report, undertaken by the Linux Foundation, 77% of hiring managers have ‘hiring Linux talent' on their list of priorities, but many struggle to find skilled staff.

"Our mission is to address the demand for Linux that the industry is currently experiencing. We are making our training program and Linux certification more accessible to users worldwide, since talent isn't confined to one geography or one distribution," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "Our new Certification Program will enable employers to easily identify Linux talent when hiring and uncover the best of the best. We think Linux professionals worldwide will want to proudly showcase their skills through these certifications and that these certificates will become a hallmark of quality throughout our industry."

The two courses are the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE).

The exams for both certification will be available worldwide, and will be taken online. The exams will consist of timed real world tasks, to prove actual hands-on skills, and exam takers will be able to choose to take their tests with one of three Linux distributions: CentOS, openSUSE or Ubuntu.

The Linux Foundation is giving away nearly 1,000 free exams today to attendees at LinuxCon and CloudOpen and is offering exams to the next 500 people for a special introductory price of $50. Regular exam price is $300.

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