[LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute and IOSN Introduce New Exam Proctor Program

slamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Thu Apr 22 13:06:14 EDT 2010


LPI and IOSN Introduce New Exam Proctor Program

(Sacramento, CA, USA: April 22, 2010) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced a program of exam proctor training and
exam labs undertaken with the cooperation of the International Open
Source Network (IOSN: http://www.apdip.net/projects/2003/iosn).  LPI's
affiliate in Korea, LPI-Korea (http://lpi-korea.org/), undertook
training of 19 new proctors from the nations of Pakistan, Bangladesh,
Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to be followed by
local exam labs throughout the next year--commencing on May 1 and 22,
2010 with scheduled exam labs in the Philippines.  The IOSN was formed
in 2003 as a network of Asian Pacific centers of excellence and is a
long time collaborator with LPI.  The IOSN is based at the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Center in Bangkok, Thailand
and this recent initiative with LPI was supported by the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC: http:www.idrc.ca) and the Aga Khan
University (http://www.aku.edu).

"LPI continues to support initiatives to make our program accessible to
numerous locations around the globe.  In many regions there is a lack of
traditional test centers and the best means of delivering our
certification exams is through a network of trained and independent exam
proctors.  The interest in this locally-based, alternative and
affordable form of testing delivery exemplifies the increasing
popularity of LPI's certification program in many countries and the
growing need for certified Linux professionals," said Jim Lacey,
president and CEO of LPI.  Mr. Lacey added that this new initiative is
the result of a successful initial round of proctor training in 2005 for
participants from Southeast Asia such that IOSN requested to expand the
program to other countries this year.  Mr. Lacey noted that last
November LPI also became involved with a UNDP initiative to promote the
adoption of Free and Open Source Software in the Middle East:
http://www.lpi.org/eng/about_lpi/what_s_new/lpi_and_undp_unesco_promote_linux_education_in_the_middle_east

The 19 new LPI proctors for IOSN were trained in Bangkok, Thailand on
February 3, 2010. Mr.Jihoon Lee of LPI-Korea provided the proctor
training and LPI orientation during the 3rd Annual workshop for Pan Asia
Networking and Collaboration for eHealth Applications
(PANACeA:http://www.panacea-ehealth.net).

"Linux professionals are an important bedrock for the propagation of
Free and Open Source Software in the developing world. As more people on
this side of the world become proficient with Linux, there is greater
demand for certification and recognition by an international body. LPI,
as the world's most recognized vendor-neutral Linux certification,
addresses this need," said Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo, director with IOSN
ASEAN+3--one of the IOSN centers of excellence which organized and
promoted the LPI proctor training program.  Dr. Marcelo also explained
that the proctors were eHealth researchers recruited  from NGOs and
universities in Asia who have an interest in Free and Open Source Software.

According to Chaitali Sinha, program officer at IDRC: "Timing the LPI
course to coincide with the IDRC-supported workshop on eHealth research
in Asia was a strategic decision to provide these researchers with an
opportunity to learn more about LPI, and to contribute to building a
team of certified Linux professionals to provide their expertise
throughout Asia and beyond."

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages in more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 230,000 exams and 75,000
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills
on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of
comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an
international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux
community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate
recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux
professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through
strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community
development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum
Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux
as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

Media Contacts:

Alvin B. Marcelo
Director, IOSN ASEAN+3
Web: http://www.apdip.net/projects/2003/iosn
Email: alvin.marcelo at iosnasean.net
Telephone: +63-917-645-0779

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
http://www.lpi.org
slamberton at lpi.org
+1-905-269-0862
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