[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI partners with Portuguese government agency on Linux certification and training

slamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Wed Mar 17 14:58:11 EDT 2010


LPI partners with Portuguese government agency on Linux certification
and training

(Sacramento, CA, USA and Lisbon, Portugal: March 17, 2010) The Linux
Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification
organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced that its affiliate
organization LPI-Portugal (http://www.lpi.com.pt) has signed an
agreement with UMIC (http://www.umic.pt/), the Knowledge Society Agency
of Portugal's Ministry of Science, Technology and Education to promote
training and certification of professional skills in the use of Linux,
open source technologies and free software in higher education
institutions in Portugal.

“This agreement demonstrates the growing need of academic institutions
around the world to embrace professional IT skills certification in
Linux and Open Source.  LPI is ideally positioned to serve this need due
to our vendor-neutral position and our acceptance as a recognized global
standard in Linux certification,” said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of
the Linux Professional Institute.  Mr. Lacey indicated that LPI's
affiliate in the region would be providing “train-the-trainer” programs
to certify instructors within participating academic institutions under
this initiative in addition to recruiting LPI Approved Training Partners
(LPI-ATP) and LPI Approved Academic Partners (LPI-AAP).

Luís Magalhães, President of UMIC, added that "with the inclusion of LPI
in the ICT Academies on Higher Education launched and steered by UMIC, these
academies can now provide training and certification of skills in key
areas of open source technology and free software, which are having a
growing demand both in the private and public sector in Portugal."  He
noted that LPI joins a number of other recognized IT training and
certification programs that have been working with UMIC within higher
education institutions in Portugal and include Microsoft, Cisco Systems
Inc., Sun Microsystems and SAP.  The announcement of LPI's inclusion within
the EMIC program was made during the European Commission's 1st European
e-Skills Week and included an additional announcement of EMIC's
initiative with SAS on training and certification in IT management and
business analysis.

The Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education
through UMIC has also been working with Portugal's universities and
polytechnics over the past five years  to
develop more than 60 professional training courses in ICT for more than
2,200 students.
These courses provide for a nationally-recognized technological
specialization diploma offered by 28 institutions--both public and
private--and are in response to the growing need in both the ICT
industry and user organizations for trained personnel with professional
skills.

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 230,000 exams and 75,000
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 UMIC

UMIC - Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento, IP is the Portuguese
public agency with the mission to coordinate policies for the
information society and mobilize it by promoting awareness,
qualification and research activities. As part of its mission, UMIC
promotes the formation and recognition of ICT skills.  See
http://umic.pt for additional information.

Media Contacts:

Professor Luis Magalhães
President, UMIC
Tel.: +351 211 119 609
URL: http://www.umic.pt/

Tiago Pereira
LPI-Portugal
Tel:+351 93 934 80 72
Fax:+351 217 153 057
Email: operations at portugal.lpi.org
Web: http://www.lpi.com.pt

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
http://www.lpi.org
slamberton at lpi.org
+1-905-269-0862


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