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CompTIA launches new Linux+ exams

CompTIA, has launched new exams for the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification that will help junior-level Linux administrators advance their technical competencies.

The new exams include up-to-date content on changes in core Linux technologies and processes used by Linux administrators. This includes developments related to IPv6; the increased use of Linux in cloud-based environments; a heightened emphasis on security; and additional troubleshooting skills.

The new CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification exams hit the market at a time when the demand for skilled Linux professionals is outpacing the supply of qualified candidates, according to recent news accounts and research reports. The number of IT job roles requiring Linux skills is also expanding.

“Linux is now embedded into IT; it’s part of the tool kit,” said James Stanger, Senior Director, Product Management, CompTIA. “Most ‘hot jobs’ in today’s IT workforce directly involve or are closely related to Linux.”

Junior Linux administrators, junior network administrators, systems administrators and Linux database administrators are just some of the IT job roles that can benefit from becoming CompTIA Linux+ certified. The certification can serve as a “pivot point” in an IT career, helping individuals transition from lower level to higher level jobs – with the corresponding increase in pay.

Over 22,000 IT professionals are certified in CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI.

 ‘Three-for-One’

CompTIA partners with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organisation, to develop the exam. Because of this relationship, IT professionals who earn the certification can apply to be recognised as LPIC1 and SUSE Certified Linux Administrator certified, as well.

“The three-for-one relationship is unique in the industry and delivers tremendous value for the individual IT professional,” noted Teresa Sears, product manager, skills certification, CompTIA.

Individuals must pass two exams to become CompTIA Linux+ certified. It’s recommended that candidates for the certification should be CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified, with at least 12 months of on-the-job Linux administration experience. Complete exam objectives are available at http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/linux.aspx.

Courseware and test preparation materials for the new exam will be available in the coming weeks from a number of CompTIA authorised content partners, including Kaplan, Linux Academy, Logical Operations, ­McGraw Hill, MeasureUp, Pearson Education and Wiley-Sybex. Visit the CompTIA Store at http://www.comptiastore.com/ to learn more.

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