[LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute Exam Labs with FOSSFA/ict at innovation in South Africa

Scott Lamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Thu Feb 17 12:22:44 EST 2011

LPI Exam Labs with FOSSFA/ict at innovation in
South Africa

(Sacramento, CA, USA: February 17, 2011) - The Linux Professional
Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced promotional exam labs for their Linux
Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) with the Free and Open
Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA: http://www.fossfa.net/)
at the Youth Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Technopreneurship
Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa on March 5, 2011 at 10 a.m. This exam
lab is part of a larger "train-the-trainers" program, ict at innovation,
jointly sponsored by FOSSFA and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ: http://www.giz.de) and is undertaken with the
cooperation of LPI-South Africa.

All LPIC exams will be available (LPI-101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 303
and 304) by registration and payment in advance (Paypal or credit card)
at events at lpi.org.  All exams are available at an advance promotional
rate of US $95 each except for the LPI-301 exam (LPIC-3 certification).
  For details on payment on site in Rand (ZAR) and pricing of the
LPI-301 exam please contact operations at south-africa.lpi.org

Each exam takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Candidates must
bring their LPI ID and a government issued photo identification to the
exam lab.  To participate in the exam labs you must obtain an LPI ID at
LPI's registration area: http://www.lpi.org/eng/certification/register_now

"We fully support FOSSFA efforts to promote the growth of Linux
professionals throughout Africa. Their program is especially valuable as
it provides both LPI and FOSS training and, as well, skills development
in entrepreneurship. This will ensure that there are viable IT service
providers who can recommend affordable and secure solutions in Linux and
Open Source Software to their prospective clients," said Jim Lacey,
president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

¨In this second LPI Train-the-Trainer workshop, we hope to build on the
momentum that we started in Nairobi during the first workshop. In the
first workshop, 12 participants were certified in LPIC-1. With this
training and certification, these participants are now ready to deliver
LPI training in their own institutions as a business initiative. With
this we will build a network of trainers across Africa that will
contribute to the wider deployment of Open Source solutions, which will
in turn make a positive contribution to economic development in Africa,
said Evans Ikua, FOSS Certification Manager, ict at innovation.

The joint FOSSFA/GIZ Linux training project is part of the
ict at innovation program which aims at building capacities for African
small and medium ICT enterprises to do business with Free and Open
Source Software. The ict at innovation program is also funded by the German
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

The program offers online training modules for LPIC-1 certification and
is available at

FOSSFA is also developing the first "made in Africa" training manual for
LPIC-1 which will be released under a Creative Commons license.  For
further information on this LPIC-1 training manual initiative please see:

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 270,000 exams and 90,000
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.

About ict at innovation:

The ict at innovation programme focuses on Free and Open Source Software
(FOSS) as a key technology to drive innovation, add local value and
create sustainable and affordable ICT-solutions. ict at innovation is a
partnership of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa
(FOSSFA: http://www.fossfa.net/) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ: http://www.giz.de) which aims
to enhance regional networking and to strengthen consulting capacities
of regional and national ICT associations and training institutions as
well as of other change agents. Funding partners are the German Federal
Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
(BMZ:http://www.bmz.de/en/index.html) and the Open Society Initiative
for Southern Africa (OSISA: http://www.osisa.org/).

Media Contacts:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

Evans Ikua,
FOSS Certification Manager,
ict at innovation,
Tel: +254-722-955831,
Email:ikua at fossfa.net
Website: ict-innovation.fossfa.net

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