[LPI-News] Open University UK adds Linux Certification to Academic Program

Scott Lamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Wed Mar 16 12:39:04 EDT 2011

Open University UK adds Linux Certification to Academic Program

(Sacramento, CA, USA: March 16, 2011) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org) and Open University UK (http://www.open.ac.uk/)
announced that students enrolled in Open University's introductory Linux
course will now be eligible for a promotional voucher to obtain the
CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification.  Students and IT
professionals who earn their CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification
are automatically eligible to apply for and receive their LPIC-1

Open University UK launched this voucher initiative following the
successful introduction of their online distance education Linux course
for undergraduate adult learners in May 2010.   Over 1000 students
completed this academic program last year which provides students with
credits towards their honors degree. An additional 500 are expected to
register for the May 2011 course offering.

"This initiative further demonstrates LPI's willingness and
longstanding history to work with industry and the academic sector to
promote Linux professionalism and Open Source Software. We applaud Open
University UK's recognition of the value of professional certification
and their efforts to make Linux education and employment opportunities
accessible to their student body" said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

"Our introductory course in Linux has proven to be very popular with
adult learners and a substantial value-added has been their ability to
pursue an industry recognized Linux certification following the
completion of this online learning module.  This benefit is greatly
enhanced when one considers that in achieving their CompTIA Linux+
powered by LPI certification they will also be able to obtain first
their LPIC-1 and than their Novell Certified Linux Administrator
certification.  As an educator who wants the best opportunity for
employment for my students, I can't help but applaud LPI on their
leadership in promoting this industry cooperation in Linux
certification," said Andrew Smith, Linux Course Chair, Open University UK.

For more information on Open University UK's introductory Linux course
see: http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/t155.htm

The LPIC-1 certification program for Linux professionals has been
accepted as a nationally recognized IT accreditation for college
students at secondary schools and technical colleges in England, Wales
and Northern Ireland and Scotland.  For more information 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 280,000 exams and 95,000
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:

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

Andrew Smith
Linux Course Chair
Open University UK
a.smith at open.ac.uk
(+44) 01908 652851
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