Independent Linux-certification enters Dutch schools

(HEERLEN, The Netherlands, 28-01-2010)  Dutch schools for Vocational Education (MBO) are gearing up to train more skilled Linux system administrators. ECABO, Centre of Expertise on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market for the economic/administrative, ICT and security professions, and the Linux Professional Institute-The Netherlands, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 27th, 2010, aimed at embedding LPI-certification in the curriculum. With this, graduates are provided with better skills for todays and tomorrows labour market.

"We see an annual growth rate of Linux deployments in companies andwith governments of 8-10%", according to Emiel Brok, chairman of LPI-The Netherlands, "but further growth is stymied by a shortage in well-trained and properly certified Linux system administrators on junior, intermediate and senior levels". The growing popularity of Linux is based on its open source nature and a well-founded reputation as a stable and flexible platform for mission-critical applications. ECABO and LPI are joining hands to contribute to a sustained growth in Linux deployments.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a leading independent, international institute for certifying Linux-skills.When hiring candidates that are LPI-certified, employers can be sure they are hiring someone with the expertise to deploy and maintain Linux-servers and -desktops.

ECABO is dedicated to embed LPI-certification in its blueprint for the MBO-ICT program. Students are then offered the opportunity, not only to graduate in their chosen program, but also obtain one or more LPI-certificates. ECABO is certain this will enhance their position on the labour market.

For LPI-The Netherlands this is but one part of its key strategy. The next step is to inform HRM-departments about the added value of hiring new staff that is LPI-certified. MBO-institutes that actively promote students to get LPI-certified get the status of Approved Academic Partner.

In 2009 ECABO signed a similar agreement with Novell, focused on Suse Linux-based certification, and -earlier- with Cisco and Microsoft. ECABO aims at offering MBO-institutes the tools needed to prepare students and attent to the demands of the labour market.

The Memorandum of Understanding between ECABO and LPI-The Netherlands was signed at Stichting Praktijkleren, Amersfoort (The Netherlands).

The Loket MBO-ICT website has more background information (in Dutch).

About Linux Professional Institute:

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 in more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered close to 230,000 exams and over 75,000 LPIC certifications around the world.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.

Contact LPI Nederland:

For questions please contact Jan Stedehouder (06-44357105, info(at)lpi-nederland.nl).

Stichting LPI Nederland

Nieuw Eyckholt 300

P.O. Box 550

6400 AN HEERLEN

Nederland