[LPI-News] LPI Names Prosoft Learning Corporation as North American Affiliate

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Wed Apr 5 08:40:27 EDT 2006


Linux Professional Institute Names Prosoft Learning Corporation as North
American Affiliate

for release: 16:00 hrs EST, April 5, 2006

(Boston, USA: April 5, 2006) – The Linux Professional Institute (LPI),
(http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification
organization, announced at LinuxWorld Boston that it has chosen Prosoft
Learning Corporation as its new Master Affiliate for North America.

“We are delighted to welcome Prosoft to our worldwide team of
affiliates. Their successful history in providing highly innovative IT
training and certification solutions makes them an ideal partner for our
efforts to continue to spread Linux professionalism in North America,”
said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Lacey noted that Prosoft
brings many benefits to LPI, including a commitment to industry
standards, a track record in gaining acceptance for vendor-independent
certifications, and acknowledged leadership in ICT workforce development
through collaborative efforts with state governments and school districts.

Benjamin Fink, president and CEO of Prosoft, is equally pleased with the
potential of this new partnership with LPI. “We are truly honored and
privileged to be chosen as the North American Master Affiliate for LPI.
For years we have witnessed steadily increasing demand for Linux-related
training and certification, and we believe that the LPI exams represent
the best, most rounded and most comprehensive solution for certifying
Linux professionals. We look forward to continuing LPI's global success
through the development of an aggressive growth strategy for their Linux
certification program in the United States and Canada.”

Larry McArthur, LPI's recently appointed Area Operations Manager for
North America and Asia-Pacific, stated that Prosoft and LPI may explore
other sub-affiliates to engage in the North American market. The
following factors made Prosoft the ideal candidate as Master Affiliate
in this crucial market:
	
*  An expertise in bringing together multiple stakeholders. LPI was
attracted to Prosoft’s success in developing the CIW Advisory Council,
which brought together representatives from industry, academia,
government and not-for-profits in order to develop standards for
job-role certifications. Bringing these various constituencies together
has led to a widely accepted certification that has been endorsed by
governments and trade associations around the world.
						
*  Expertise in managing vendor-independent, job-role certifications.
Prosoft’s CIW program is one of the leading vendor-neutral IT
job-readiness certification, while the CTP (Convergence Technologies
Professional) certification, which Prosoft manages for the
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), is the leading
certification covering convergence technologies such as Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP). For CTP, Prosoft was able to enlist the
support of industry leaders such as Intel, HP, Cisco, Avaya and IBM.

*  A worldwide distribution channel. Prosoft is one of the world's
largest distributors of IT-related educational content to corporations,
learning centers and academic institutions. Prosoft distributes content
from offices in North America, Asia and Europe to an extensive network
of thousands of partners and authorized content providers.

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
seven languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an
affiliate network spanning five continents.

LPI's milestones in the last year include:
More than 100,000 exams delivered worldwide
(http://www.lpi.org/en/news_item/131).
More than 30,000 professional certifications delivered worldwide
(http://www.lpi.org/en/news_item/139).
The world's first IT certification to receive professional accreditation
(http://www.lpi.org/en/news_item/126).
Top 10 IT certification for two years in a row
(http://certcities.com/editorial/features/story.asp?EditorialsID=95&page=3).
Highest salaries for certified Linux professionals
(http://www.certmag.com/images/CM1205_Figure1.htm).

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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 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
Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE 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.

About Prosoft Learning Corporation:

Prosoft Learning Corporation offers content and certifications to enable
individuals to develop and validate critical Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) workforce skills. Prosoft is a leader in
the workforce development arena, working with state and local
governments and school districts to provide ICT education solutions for
high school and community college students. Prosoft has created and
distributes a complete library of classroom and e-learning courses.
Prosoft distributes its content through its ComputerPREP division to
individuals, schools, colleges, commercial training centers and
corporations worldwide. Prosoft owns the CIW job-role certification
program for Internet technologies and the CCNT (Certified in Convergent
Network Technologies) certification, and manages the CTP (Convergence
Technologies Professional) vendor-neutral certification for
telecommunications. To learn more, visit www.ProsoftLearning.com,
www.ComputerPREP.com, www.CIWcertified.com and www.CTPcertified.com.

Media contacts:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
scottl at lpi.org
http://www.lpi.org
1-416-666-1574

Stevie Ann Rinehart
Marketing Department
Prosoft Learning Corporation
srinehart at prosoftlearning.com
http://www.prosoftlearning.com
1-602-794-4134




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