[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI Launches Open Source Professional Recruitment Service

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Wed Aug 16 13:34:37 EDT 2006


Linux Professional Institute Launches Open Source Professional
Recruitment Service

(San Francisco, California, USA: August 16, 2006) – The Linux Professional
Institute (LPI), (http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux
certification organization announced the launch of an employment and
contract matching service for Open Source Professionals who are
registered on LPI's internal exam candidate database.  The program will
match IT professionals with Open Source skills with listing employers
and contract opportunities.  The program will be piloted in North
America, Latin America, China, India and Germany.

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of LPI, said that the program came about
due to overwhelming demand from Fortune 100 IT companies from around the
world: "LPI is recognized globally as having highly qualified, skilled
and accredited IT professionals.  Our certification program is respected
for its dedication to skills development and professionalism as opposed
to being a tool to sell software and training services.  As a result
through the dedicated work of our partners on our Regional Engagement
Initiative we are receiving numerous and frequent requests from
enterprise customers for referrals for highly skilled Open Source
professionals.  This program addresses this growing need."  Mr. Lacey
also stated that although the program would be piloted in select markets
the internal infrastructure had already been developed at LPI to quickly
address new market opportunities in other regions.

Mr. Lacey went on to note that this is the first skills databank of its
kind devoted entirely to Open Source professionals.  Although the
program will focus on LPI's certified Linux Professionals (LPIC) it also
welcomes other Open Source professionals to register, obtain a LPI ID
number, and provide their skills profile for this matching service.  The
program is entirely voluntary and is intended to serve HR recruiters,
employers, and contracting organizations in their increasing need to
place highly skilled Open Source IT professionals.  Mr. Lacey made the
program announcement at a special LPIC Alumni reception sponsored by
Prosoft Training and Thomson Prometric at LinuxWorld San Francisco.

Open Source professionals and existing LPI candidates may participate in
this voluntary program by "opt-ing" in through a series of questions
provided on the LPI exam registration system.  Enterprise customers, HR
recruiters, and others providing contract opportunities should contact
Glenn McKnight, Director of Operations, for details on pricing for
employment and/or contract listings and learn in greater detail how the
program will identify qualified and skilled Open Source professionals
for potential assignments.  Mr. McKnight can be reached at glenn_at_lpi.org.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is an internationally recognized,
vendor-independent organization advocating and assisting the
professional use of Linux, Open Source and Free Software, through the
certification of Linux professionals. Established as a non-profit
organization in 1999, LPI is community based and supported. LPI’s
certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages. The
organization has delivered over 120,000+ LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 exams and
35,000+ certifications, globally, since the program’s inception.

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About Linux Professional Institute:

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 IT professionals. LPI's
activities involve hundreds of volunteers and dedicated Linux
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 Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers.
LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal,
Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors,
Hewlett-Packard and IDG.

Media contact:
 
Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
Email: scottl at lpi.org
Web: http://www.lpi.org
Telephone: +1-416-666-1574



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