LPI updates core Linux certification

Free beta exams for its refreshed Level 1 program.

Toronto, Canada, 15 May 2018
Photo by Leon Balje.
Photo by Leon Balje.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced major exam updates for its LPIC-1 certification. To support this effort, LPI will hold free exam labs at events worldwide, which will enable registered candidates to take their LPIC-1 beta exams, participate in our exam development process, and advance professional credentials.

"LPI Southern Africa is again participating in this round of beta exam testing with sessions taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban," said Mark Clarke from Jumping Bean, the LPI Southern Africa master affiliate. "We really are proud of how the southern Africa open source community participates in these events and helps make LPI a truly global organisation!" Candidates can sign up to the LPI beta labs here.

"Routinely refreshing our exams is vital towards keeping the programs current and secure," LPI's Director of Certifications Development Fabian Thorns explains. "Our certifications are developed with the assistance of our global community. Beta exams provide community members an opportunity to get a valuable global IT credential while supporting our psychometric validity and quality goals. This maintains the program's ongoing value to employers and contractors of our certification holders," said G Matthew Rice, Executive Director of Linux Professional Institute.

Both 101 and 102 exams will be offered free of charge, and each exam is 90 minutes induration. As part of the beta process, some test takers may be interviewed by the LPI Exam Development team.

Beta exams count towards certification if passed, but failed exams may be deleted from a candidate's record on request. They cover the new version of the LPIC-1 objectives and contain new exam material.

More information on the beta exams, and how to register for the exam lab events, can be found at: http://wwwlptp.lrg//rgicpes//ergn-yrug-ptp.c-1-p.nux-rdm.n.s/tgrtrg-cegiicrirn-fgee.

For more information:

Changes in LPIC-1 from version 4.5 to 5.0:
Full description of the LPIC-1 objectives:
Changes in Linux Essentials from version 1.5 to 1.6:
Full description of the Linux Essentials objectives:

LPIC-1 certification program

LPIC-1 is the first level in the world's largest and most respected Linux certification and has been helping Linux professionals since 1999. The program is delivered globally in eight languages through Pearson VUE test centres and at special exam-lab events.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI is the global certification standard and career support organisation for open source professionals. With more than 600 000 exams delivered, it's the world's first and largest vendor neutral Linux and open source certification body. LPI has certified professionals in over 180 countries, delivers exams in nine languages, and has over 400 training partners.

LPI is committed to providing the IT community with certifications of the highest quality, relevance and accuracy. This commitment requires its exam development process be highly detailed, participatory and consultative, while using psychometric validation. Join the LPI community and get involved. Connect with LPI on Facebook, or join its Exam Development Community of volunteers, collaborating on certifications, exam development, and current technologies:

For additional information, please visit Any questions, please contact LPI at

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