LPI Hosts Promotional Exam Labs with InWent/FOSSFA in Kenya and South Africa

(Sacramento, CA, USA: October 28, 2010) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced promotional exam labs for their Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC)with the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA: http://www.fossfa.net/) on November 13, 2010 (Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya) and February 12, 2010 in South Africa (location to be announced).  These exam labs are part of a larger "train-the-trainers" program jointly sponsored by FOSSFA and InWEnt Capacity Building International of Germany (InWEnt: http://www.inwent.org/).

"We are pleased to assist FOSSFA in their efforts to develop skilled trainers in the professional use of Linux.  In particular, we applaud their efforts to recruit potential trainers within academic institutions, government agencies, small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and South Africa.  These types of enterprises recognize the value in adopting Free and Open Source software and have the opportunity of becoming leaders in Linux training in their respective countries and business sectors," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

"The ict(at)innovation (FOSSFA) project is excited to be partnering with the LPI to help increase the number of qualified and certified Linux Engineers and System Administrators in Africa. This partnership will go a long way in enhancing the promotion and use of FOSS solutions which will in effect lead to a wider adoption of FOSS. This we believe will have a positive impact in the development of the IT industry in the participating countries. We are looking at a much longer term engagement with the LPI," said Evans Ikua, FOSS Certification Manager, ict(at)innovation, FOSSFA.

Registration for the exam labs in both Kenya and South Africa are open to all interested individuals and can be made in advance at events(at)lpi.org.  Only LPIC-1 exams will be available (LPI-101 and 102).

Please indicate preferred exam and time slot when registering for exam events (exams will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Strathmore University--time slots are still being set for the exam lab in South Africa). To participate in the exam labs you must obtain an LPI ID at our registration area:http://www.lpi.org/eng/certification/register_now. Each exam takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Each exam is available at the promotional price of $ 95 USD. Following exam registration at events(at)lpi.org candidates will be contacted regarding payment details.  In addition, candidates must bring their LPI ID and a government issued photo identification to the exam lab.

The joint FOSSFA/InWEnt Linux training project is part of an ict(at)innovation program which aims at building capacities for African
small and medium ICT enterprises to do business with Free and Open Source Software (http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/).  The ict(at)innovation program is also funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). A complete description of the FOSSFA "train-the-trainers" program can be found at: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/blog/%5Buser-raw%5D/wanted-training-participants-first-regional-lpic-1-training-trainers

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 270,000 exams and 90,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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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.

Media Contacts:

Evans Ikua,
FOSS Certification Manager,
ict(at)innovation, FOSSFA
Tel: +254-722-955831,
Email: ikua(at)fossfa.net
Website: ict-innovation.fossfa.net

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute