At LinuxCon Europe, the Linux Foundation rolled out a new Linux certification program, starting with LF Certified SysAdmin and LF Certified Engineer.
The first certifications are for a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE). Exam takers can choose between CentOS, OpenSUSE, or Ubuntu distributions. They will be tested on their ability to solve real problems at the command line, rather than on theory or by means of multiple choice questions, says the LF. The exams can be taken online and at any time.
The LF gave away nearly 1,000 free exams to show attendees this week, and is offering the online exams to the next 500 people for a special introductory price of $50. (Normally, it costs $300.) Logos will be provided to those who take the test and qualify.
Linux Foundation Certification Program logos
The certification program goes hand in hand with an increase in Linux training courses provided by the LF. Earlier this year, the LF hosted a free ‘Introduction to Linux’ Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Demand for experienced Linux professionals continues to grow, says the LF. For the third year in a row, the LF’s 2014 Linux Jobs Report shows demand for Linux pros exceeding other areas of technology. A total of 77 percent of hiring managers have “hiring Linux talent” on their list of priorities for 2014, up from 70 percent a year ago, says the survey.
Linux Foundation Certification Program explained
“The Linux Foundation’s smart, in-depth approach to providing Linux certification will help meet this demand with qualified programmers and engineers,” stated Ibrahim Haddad, Head of Open Source Innovation Group at Samsung Research America.
“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,” stated the LF’s Jim Zemlin.
More information on the certification program may be found here.