[LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute Exam Labs with FOSSFA in Africa

Scott Lamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Thu Oct 28 10:43:11 EDT 2010

LPI Hosts Promotional Exam Labs with InWent/FOSSFA in Kenya and South Africa

(Sacramento, CA, USA: October 28, 2010) - The Linux Professional
Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced promotional exam labs for their Linux
Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) with the Free and Open
Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA: http://www.fossfa.net/)
on November 13, 2010 (Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya) and
February 12, 2010 in South Africa (location to be announced).  These
exam labs are part of a larger "train-the-trainers" program jointly
sponsored by FOSSFA and InWEnt Capacity Building International of
Germany (InWEnt: http://www.inwent.org/).

"We are pleased to assist FOSSFA in their efforts to develop skilled
trainers in the professional use of Linux.  In particular, we applaud
their efforts to recruit potential trainers within academic
institutions, government agencies, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs)
and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,
Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Africa.  These types of enterprises recognize
the value in adopting Free and Open Source software and have the
opportunity of becoming leaders in Linux training in their respective
countries and business sectors," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of
the Linux Professional Institute.

"The ict at innovation (FOSSFA) project is excited to be partnering with
the LPI to help increase the number of qualified and certified Linux
Engineers and System Administrators in Africa. This partnership will go
a long way in enhancing the promotion and use of FOSS solutions which
will in effect lead to a wider adoption of FOSS. This we believe will
have a positive impact in the development of the IT industry in the
participating countries. We are looking at a much longer term engagement
with the LPI," said Evans Ikua, FOSS Certification Manager,
ict at innovation, FOSSFA.

Registration for the exam labs in both Kenya and South Africa are open
to all interested individuals and can be made in advance at
events at lpi.org.  Only LPIC-1 exams will be available (LPI-101 and 102).

Please indicate preferred exam and time slot when registering for exam
events (exams will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strathmore
University--time slots are still being set for the exam lab in South
Africa). To participate in the exam labs you must obtain an LPI ID at
our registration area:http://www.lpi.org/eng/certification/register_now
Each exam takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Each exam is
available at the promotional price of $ 95 USD. Following exam
registration at events at lpi.org candidates will be contacted regarding
payment details.  In addition, candidates must bring their LPI ID and a
government issued photo identification to the exam lab.

The joint FOSSFA/InWEnt Linux training project is part of an
ict at innovation program which aims at building capacities for African
small and medium ICT enterprises to do business with Free and Open
Source Software (http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/).  The
ict at innovation program is also funded by the German Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Open Society
Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). A complete description of the
FOSSFA "train-the-trainers" program can be found at:

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 at more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 270,000 exams and 90,000
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.

Media Contacts:

Evans Ikua,
FOSS Certification Manager,
ict at innovation, FOSSFA
Tel: +254-722-955831,
Email: ikua at fossfa.net
Website: ict-innovation.fossfa.net

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

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