[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute joins with IT Leaders to form Industry Council

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Wed Nov 14 13:10:23 EST 2007


Linux Professional Institute joins with IT Leaders to form Information Technology
Certification Council

(Toronto, Canada: November 14, 2007) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced with other IT corporations, associations
and education providers the formation of the Information Technology
Certification Council (ITCC).

The ITCC is a collaborative effort between such leading IT corporations
as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Novell and Sun; test development and delivery
vendors Pearson Vue and Prometric; certification organizations the Computing Technology
Industry Association (CompTIA) and the Linux Professional Institute
(LPI); and education provider Kaplan.

"LPI applauds this initiative and recognizes the importance of
participating in a constructive effort to continually enhance the value of
IT certification. In addition, we will ensure that the concerns and
aspirations of Linux and Open Source IT professionals will be
well-represented within this co-operative effort," said Jim Lacey,
President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

The ITCC was formed to provide a collaborative effort to promote IT
certification for new growth and ensure a skilled and qualified
workforce to support the IT industry. The organization will serve as a
resource for employers, government, academia, human resources personnel,
and individuals seeking information about IT certification and its
benefits.

“The industry has come together to drive the value of certification,”
said Bill Horzempa, chair of ITCC, and director of the Worldwide HP
Certified Professional Program at HP. “We want our customers and
partners to know that we, as industry leaders, are providing them with
well-equipped people to do the job.”

ITCC will also examine other issues facing the IT certification
industry, including exam security, IT certification return-on-investment, and
training-to-testing ratios.

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.

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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.

ITCC Contact:

Steven Ostrowski
CompTIA
Phone: 630-678-9468
Email: sostrowski at comptia.org

LPI 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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