Linux Essentials Program Available Now

(Sacramento, CA, USA: June 27, 2012)  The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced that Linux Essentials, which introduces new users and youth to Linux and Open Source Software, is now available at select LPI affiliate locations and IT events in Europe, Middle East
and Africa. The single Linux Essentials' exam leads to a "Certificate of Achievement".

"LPI empowers its affiliate partners around the world to develop the best means of promoting professional careers in Linux and Open Source Our affiliates in Europe, Middle East and Africa will be spearheading our efforts to implement the Linux Essentials program--they have exceeded all expectations in the timely development of this new exam."
said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.  Mr. Lacey went on to explain that LPI affiliates will begin to offer Linux Essentials' exams at paper-based testing (PBT) events this summer and in some instances will begin to offer the exam through LPI-affiliated internet-based testing (IBT) locations.

Training services, schools, educational authorities and other organization interested in offering the Linux Essentials' exam should contact their local LPI Master Affiliate for further information:
http://www.lpi.org/international-affiliates/affiliate-locations 

The Linux Essentials program has been under development by LPI for approximately two years and includes the participation of qualification authorities, academic partners, private trainers, publishers, government organizations, volunteer IT professionals and Linux and Open Source experts. The single Linux Essentials' exam leading to a "Certificate of Achievement" recognizes knowledge of the following subject matter:

     * The Linux Community and a Career in Open Source
     * Popular Operating Systems and Major Open Source Applications
     * Understanding Open Source Software and Licensing
     * Linux Command Line Basics, Files and Scripts

Other Program elements:

     * regional links to employment and apprenticeship programs available to youth in Linux and Open Source careers (Fall 2012)
     * support for skills competitions such as Worldskills International: http://www.worldskills.org/ 
     * support for teacher collaboration and sharing of learning exercises for the Linux Essentials' knowledge base
     * commitments from major IT courseware and content publishers on exam preparatory resources
     * a “low-stakes” exam available online either through LPI or partner internet-based testing
     * a PDF “Certificate of Achievement”

     A full description of Linux Essentials is available at: http://www.lpi.org/linuxessentials 

The Linux Essentials' exam will be available at the following events this summer:

* 13th Libre Software Meeting, July 7, Switzerland (http://2012.rmll.info/en)
* Haxogreen 2012, July 27, Luxembourg (http://haxogreen.lu/)
* Campus Party Berlin, August 21, Germany (http://www.campus-party.eu/2012/ )
* FrOSCon, August 25, Germany (http://www.froscon.de/en/home/ )

In addition, to traditional PBT events, LPI is also developing two new methods of internet-based testing (IBT) through accredited testing locations.  This method of test delivery requires a computer lab, proctor, and a secure browser.  IBT solutions are being developed with LPI and long time LPI affiliate L’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF: http://www.lpi-francophonie.org/spip.php?article159) and Yardstick Software Inc. of Edmonton, Canada (http://getyardstick.com/).

Individuals and organizations interested in participating in the Linux Essentials program may email LPI at: innovation@lpi.org

Relevant links:

* LPI announces Linux Essentials Program:
http://www.lpi.org/news/lpi-announces-linux-essentials-program 
* Linux Essentials "beta" exams: Call for Volunteers:
http://www.lpi.org/news/linux-essentials-beta-exams-call-volunteers 
* Community Corner: Be a Linux Essentials Hero:
http://www.lpi.org/blog/be-linux-essentials-hero  
* Linux Essentials Heroes Complete Beta Tests:
http://www.lpi.org/news/linux-essentials-heroes-complete-beta-tests 

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 300,000 exams and 100,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. 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 Contact:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
http://www.lpi.org 
slamberton@lpi.org
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