LPI Certification Exams Top 150,000 Worldwide

Kassel, (PresseBox) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), (http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification organization announced that their exam totals have topped the 150,000 mark and continues to demonstrate strong global growth. Notable IT companies such as NEC, Fujitsu, Hitachi and others joined together in congratulating LPI on this achievement.

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute noted the organization's notable growth in the last two years: "In February 2005, five years after our program's inception, we announced that we had achieved 75,000 exams worldwide. In half that time we have doubled the number. This demonstrates the growing momentum and importance of Linux professionalism in the IT industry. Furthermore, it firmly establishes LPI as the global leader in Linux certification."

Industry representatives were quick to offer notes of congratulations recognizing LPI's contribution to the advancement of Linux education and professionalism:

“Fujitsu welcomes the news that the number of LPIC exams delivered has exceeded 150,000. With the largest body of Linux professionals worldwide, LPIC is widely recognized as a global standard for accurately evaluating the competency of Linux professionals. Fujitsu anticipates that LPIC will be even further recognized in the future as an international certification which accurately and quantitatively evaluates Linux-related skills,” said Takeshi Kamura, Manager, Linux Technology Development Division, Server Systems Unit, Fujitsu Limited.

"Hitachi congratulates LPI for having exceeded 150,000 exams worldwide.
Linux will continue to expand globally and the importance and need for LPI certification are enormous. We expect to see that LPIC continues to grow as the de facto certification standard for Linux professionals," said Tomomi Suzuki, Director of OSS promotion, OSS Technology Center, Software Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

"NEC who utilizes Linux OS from cellular phones to the mainframe computers, congratulates LPI on having delivered over 150,000 exams globally. With the launch of LPIC-3 this year NEC has high expectations for LPI. However, we also expect LPI to continuously evaluate Linux professionals in a fair manner and independent from any other organization," said Chieko Takahashi, Group Manager, Open Source Software Promotion Center, OSS Platform Develpment Division, NEC Corporation.

"LPI's vendor neutral approach is to be commended. What would you think of an applicant who presents a certificate that allows him to drive just one specific brand of automobiles, instead of an applicant who has a regular drivers license? At Linuxhotel, we teach long term knowledge that has a wide range of use - and LPI is the Swiss-Army-Knife among all Linux certifications. We congratulate LPI on the achievement of this notable milestone," said Reinhard Wiesemann of the Linuxhotel, an IT training and service provider, in Essen, Germany.

"LPI's 150,000 exam achievement is to be commended and exemplifies the critical role of their certification program in setting professional standards for Linux in the IT industry. We at the Linux Foundation look forward to working with LPI in the future to ensure the ongoing development of Open Source standards and recognize the unique role they have played in that effort thus far," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation.

LPI offers a standardized, multi-national and highly respected program to certify levels of professional expertise in Linux. Exams are created using industry recognized psychometrics and professional test development processes to ensure high quality exams with direct relevance to the skills being tested. LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages with the support of employers, vendors and trainers. Level One and Level Two certifications (LPIC-1 and LPIC-2) reflect the successful completion of two exams at each level.

LPIC-3 certification, launched in February 2007, requires completion of a single exam--however an additional specialty in "Mixed Environment" (LPI-302) is also available.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise and professionals and within government and the educational community. LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the programs inception, LPI has delivered over 155,000 exams and 47,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.

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Das Linux Professional Institute (LPI) ist eine international anerkannte, herstellerunabhängige Organisation, die den professionellen Einsatz von Linux, Open Source und freier Software vertritt und unterstützt. Das LPI wurde 1999 als eine gemeinnützige Organisation gegründet. Das LPI-Zertifizierungsprogramm wird in sieben Sprachen ausgeliefert. Die Organisation hat weltweit seit der Einführung der LPI-Zertifizierung über 175.000 Prüfungen und über 55.000 Zertifizierungen ausgeliefert. Das LPI entwickelt professionelle Zertifizierungen für das Betriebssystem Linux, unabhängig von Softwareherstellern und Schulungsanbietern und wurde im Jahre 1999 durch die Linux-Gemeinschaft etabliert. In die Aktivitäten des LPI sind hunderte von Freiwilligen und Fachleute aus der ganzen Welt mit vielen verschiedenen Fähigkeiten einbezogen und die Gruppe ermutigt zur aktiven öffentlichen Mitarbeit durch Mailing-Listen und ihre Website www.lpi.org. Das mehrstufige Prüfungsprogramm wird weltweit durch die Testzentren von Pearson VUE und Prometric verwaltet. Die finanziellen Hauptsponsoren des LPI sind die Platin-Sponsoren IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI und TurboLinux sowie die Gold-Sponsoren Hewlett-Packard und IDG.

*Linux ist eine registrierte Handelsmarke von Linus Torvalds. Alle andere Handelsmarken dritter sind Eigentum ihrer jeweiligen Besitzer.

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