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Ubuntu Certification

After reading Jonathan Carters blog about becoming an Ubuntu Certified Professional, I thought to myself "this is something that I need".

January 10th, 2007, I was approved for Ubuntu Membership. Since then, my contributions to Ubuntu have increased ten-fold, with the work of US Teams and the Utah Team. Things are looking up for Ubuntu, and I love being a part of it.

Anyway, one year from that date, that is, January 10, 2008, I will follow in Jonathan's footsteps, and become an Ubuntu Certified Professional. My wife isn't exactly supportive of this, but I think she'll come around, and we'll see eye-to-eye. 🙂

So, what are the steps necessary to becoming certified? Well, that's the question that I asked myself, and found that answer, after a bit of searching and digging around. Basically, in a nutshell, Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, has setup the certification through The Linux Professional Institute. You need to take 3 Level 1 exams, which can be taken in any order. The three exams that need to be passed, are LPI 101, LPI 102 and LPI 199 (the Ubuntu exam).

Taking the exams can be done through Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centers around the world. For me, going through Pearson VUE, the LPI 101 and 102 exams are $150 each with LPI 199 at $100, thus bringing the total to $450 for complete certification. There are testing centers located in my city of residence, which means I don't need to travel to take the paper exams. No, the exams cannot be taken online. Paper only.

So, with news of setting this goal to become an Ubuntu Certified Professional, what do I need to study? How should I prepare for the exam? Well, luckily, we have the resources available to help you prepare. On the Ubuntu Wiki, there is a page outlining what could be covered on the exams (specifically, see the bottom of that page). These resources are no substitutes, however, for experience and know-how. It's one thing to just study for an exam and pass. It's another to practice daily and study. I do not know how long the certification is good for, but I would imagine that it would not be too long.

At any rate, there you go. Less than one year from now, and I will be an Ubuntu Certified Professional. Following Jonathan Carter's lead, congratulations by the way, I wonder how many will be certified, and if it is something that Ubuntu professionals are striving for. Going along with a college degree and solid work experience, this is one feather in the cap that I cannot pass up.

{ 9 } Comments

  1. Serge | March 29, 2007 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    The question is: What will one person do with the certification?

  2. Clint Savage | March 29, 2007 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Why not the RHCE? In my opinion it is far superior to the lame out of date LPI exam and much more real world.

    I understand the desire to have Ubuntu certifications, but the RHCE certs are much more valuable in the current market.


  3. Adrian Moisey | March 30, 2007 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    I have my UCP cert.

    I studied for the LPIC-1 with this

    I read it in a week and passed.

    As far as the LPI-199 goes, didn't help me much. It doesn't reflect what is in the exam. I have my own sets of notes that I helped me pass the second time, but I can't hand them out to anyone, it might breach the NDA.

  4. Aaron | March 30, 2007 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Clint- The reason for UCP over RHCE, is Ubuntu is becoming a serious player in the enterprise market. You know my passion for Ubuntu and Debian-based systems, so this just seems like the next step in my life.

    It won't surprise me if Ubuntu becomes just as major a player in the enterprise as RedHat. I am sure the RHCE exams are probably more up to date, but the LPI exams, from my research, are still heavily requested exams, and it looks like corporations look for their certs.

    Nothing against RedHat and it's way of doing things, but Ubuntu is the direction that I'll be going, as well as the level 2 and 3 exams from LPI.

  5. Anil | March 30, 2007 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Hey Aaron, I'm a fan of acquiring valuable credentials. Good for you.

  6. Aaron | March 30, 2007 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Anil- Thanks. Does that mean you'll pay me more? 🙂

  7. JanC | March 30, 2007 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Aaron, it's often possible to take LPI exams at serious discounts at open source conferences (IIRC they are half price at FOSDEM for example).
    That might make it a little more acceptable to your wife... 😉

    OTOH, I've seen parts of LPI exams from 1-2 years ago, and I'm not really impressed (they are the sort of exams that honor parroting instead of knowledge & understanding).

  8. effie_jayx | April 1, 2007 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    Very Inspiring your email, I am going to give it a try myself. there is a pearson vue center in my city and they have the exams available.

    I'll take it in a half..

    thanks for the tips 😀

  9. Chipzz | April 1, 2007 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    This year there were (and next year there probably also will be) LPI exams at FOSDEM, at a reduced fee, if you can wait that long.

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