[LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute Announces Improvements to Certification Program

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Tue May 10 04:09:56 EDT 2005

*Linux Professional Institute Announces Improvements to Certification 

TORONTO, May 10, 2005 - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), 
(http://www.lpi.org/), the premier professional certification program 
for the Linux community worldwide, announced today ongoing improvements 
and changes to its Certification program. These improvements include 
regular rotation of exam questions, objectives review, and merging of 
the 101 exam forms that contain RPM and DPKG package management questions.

_Exam Question rotation_:

Since September 2004 LPI has undertaken an extensive review of its exam 
questions which has led to a rotation of exam questions for both levels 
of exams (LPIC-1 and LPIC-2). Given the increasing global popularity of 
LPI's certification program, input from candidates and training partners 
on exam questions has increased. Regular and more frequent exam question 
rotation and development of new questions will lead to greater exam 
quality and protection from "braindumps" or cheating.

_Objective Review:_

Input on exam questions and research on exam quality has enabled the 
Certification team at LPI to initiate an objective review and update 
process. Internal efforts will continue until June 30, 2005 (2005-06-30) 
at which time LPI will solicit wider community input on updating LPIC-1 
objectives until the end of the year. A similar effort involving 
community and stakeholder input will be undertaken for the review of 
LPIC-2 objectives from September 2005 (2005-09-01) until the end of 
February 2006 (2006-02-28).

The objective review process will include improvements to facilitate 
greater participation by the community and stakeholders. The review will 
include both the objective description (non-technical language to 
describe identified tasks) and the key knowledge areas where the 
technology and software used will be described in more detail. However, 
the basic content of each objective will not change.

These updated objectives will be effective for LPIC-1 in April 2006 
(2006-04) and for LPIC-2 in May 2006 (2006-05). In the interim and after 
the review is completed the Certification team will publish a publicly 
available file comparing the differences between the old and new 
objectives. All community members are invited to send their 
objective-related comments to objectives at lpi.org.

_Merging RPM and DPKG Package Management Exam Questions_:

Following extensive internal review and community input through 
discussion lists and a RFC 
(https://group.lpi.org/cgi-bin/publicwiki/view/Operations/RFC8) LPI has 
decided to merge the separate exam forms 101 and 151. These separate 
exam forms on Exam 101 for LPIC-1 gave exam candidates a choice between 
RPM and DPKG package management. However, there has been increasing 
community consensus that a certified Linux sysadmin should know both 
types of package management. In addition, a single form enables certain 
internal efficiencies both in terms of piloting new items and publishing 
costs. As a result as of September 1, 2005 (2005-09-01) exam candidates 
will be required to know both forms of package management in order to 
successfully complete their LPIC-1.

LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in seven languages. 
It has delivered more than 75,000 Level One and Level Two certification 
exams globally since the program's inception, in 1999.

LPI supports affiliate networks on five continents worldwide, including 
Brazil, Bulgaria, Jamaica, United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, 
Australia and China, France, the UK and South Africa.


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 administrators. LPI's 
activities involve hundreds of volunteers and 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 (NYSE:IBM), Bradford Learning, Linux 
Journal, Linux Magazine, Maxspeed, Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), SGI 
(NYSE:SGI), and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, Hewlett-Packard 
(NYSE:HWP) and Wave Technologies.

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

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