[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute Announces New Affiliate: LPI-Central Europe

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Fri Nov 2 12:51:40 EDT 2007

Linux Professional Institute Announces New Affiliate: LPI-Central Europe

(Utrecht, Netherlands: November 2, 2007) The Linux Professional
Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced the formation of a new regional
affiliate, LPI-Central Europe, which will be responsible for promoting
Linux professionalism in the nations of Austria, Belgium, Germany,
Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.  The new affiliate is the
result of extensive development efforts by Open Source Certification
GmbH, the management team of former LPI affiliate LPI-German.

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute,
congratulated the management team of OSC on their successful efforts to
date: "This demonstrates the strength of investing in organizations on a
regional level which are committed to growing Linux professionalism and
Open Source adoption.  Regional leaders like OSC are able to grow their
own programs and seek out partners on the ground to ensure their
on-going success."

Reiner Brandt, President of LPI-Central Europe and OSC, noted a number
of initiatives that the new organization has underway:

* A LPI-Central website (http://www.lpice.eu) which will be available in
multiple languages: English, German, Dutch and French

* Three new LPI-ATP (LPI Approved Training Partners) in the Netherlands
and the development of the first LPI-ATM (LPI Approved Training
Materials) in Dutch by AT Computing.

* The first LPI-AAP (LPI Approved Academic Partner) in Belgium at Liège

* A new certification program for Univention software which is built
upon the LPIC-1 certification platform

"We have been working in German-speaking nations for a number of years
now and have enjoyed a terrific response from the IT community in those
nations.  We have been very fortunate to be invited to participate in
other activities in these new nations we are involved in and we look
forward to growing the LPIC program as a global standard," said Mr.
Brandt.  As an example Mr.Brandt pointed out that OSC was fundamental to
building the LPI presence at LinuxWorld Utrecht where the announcement
was made.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise and professionals and within government and the
educational community. LPI's certification program is delivered
worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the
programs inception, LPI has delivered over 155,000 exams and 47,000+
LPIC certifications around the world.


About 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 1999 by the Linux community,
the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized
global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals while
advancing 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,
Hewlett-Packard and IDG.

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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