O’Reilly Network: Brainbench and Linux Certification Roundup

“Welcome to the sixth article of The Linux Professional.
This month I’ll give some news on the Linux Professional
Institute (LPI) and an overview of the Linux offerings from
Brainbench, which offers free exams via the Web to examinees. I’ll
also give a summary of the certification options presented in this
series of articles.”

“The LPI has completed its analysis of the 102 beta exam, and
results were mailed to examinees in mid-September. With the scores
from both exams (101 and 102) now available, the LPI is able to
award its first certification, the LPIC Level 1. Those candidates
who have passed both exams should be receiving their printed
certificates soon. This is a significant milestone for the LPI and
for Linux administrators seeking certification of their

“I admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first looked at
Brainbench, a company whose byline claims that they’re “the skills
authority.” … Brainbench charges no fees to take their exams.
Instead, the company caters to employers seeking a source for
qualified job applicants. After you pass a Brainbench exam, you can
list your results for these prospective employers to review. This
is intended as a recruiting strategy and is funded by pricy access
subscriptions charged to corporate customers.”