BRAMPTON, Ontario, Nov. 29 -- Linux
Professional Institute (LPI), the leading source of skills
certification for the Linux operating system, announced today the
immediate worldwide availability of its full Level 2 certification
"Release of the Level 2 program is yet another great milestone
in LPI's efforts to address the needs of the Linux community," said
LPI President Chuck Mead. "The community has trusted us to provide
a valid and challenging certification program, and we have again
The LPI Level 2 program consists of two exams, 201 and 202,
which test intermediate-level Linux system administration and
troubleshooting skills. They are now available worldwide through
the VUE network of more than 2,800 testing centers for $100 each.
Anyone who has already achieved LPI Level 1 certification and
passes 201 and 202 qualifies for Level 2 certification. The release
of 201 and 202 follows a three-month-long beta process during which
the exam questions were further refined, and marks the end of an
intensive nine-month development process.
"We're extremely happy with the quality of the Level Two
program," said LPI Director of Exam Development Kara Pritchard.
"Our open development model proves the best possible results are
achieved when we work together with both our community supporters
and professional experts."
The objectives for the Level Two program are published on the
LPI web site, and can be used by courseware designers and book
authors as well as those planning to take the exams. "Our Level One
program is the target of many courses, books and other forms of
Linux education," said Mead. "LPI's vendor-neutral, trainer-neutral
approach is clearly the one preferred by the community, which is
why we received the 2001 Editor's Choice Award from Linux Journal
Magazine as the best Linux certification program."
Both Level 2 exams are presently available in the English
language; exam 201 is also available immediately in Japanese. The
Japanese-language version of exam 202 is expected to be delivered
during December 2001. The LPI Level 1 exams, 101 and 102, are
available in both English and Japanese.
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 2,800
test centers operated by Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), a
division of NCS. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum
Sponsors Caldera International , IBM, Linuxcare, Maxspeed, SGI,
SuSE Linux AG and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors
Hewlett-Packard and Wave Technologies.