"Release of the Level 2 program is yet another great milestone in LPI's efforts to address the needs of the Linux community," said LPI President Chuck Mead. "The community has trusted us to provide a valid and challenging certification program, and we have again succeeded."
The LPI Level 2 program consists of two exams, 201 and 202, which test intermediate-level Linux system administration and troubleshooting skills. They are now available worldwide through the VUE network of more than 2,800 testing centers for $100 each. Anyone who has already achieved LPI Level 1 certification and passes 201 and 202 qualifies for Level 2 certification. The release of 201 and 202 follows a three-month-long beta process during which the exam questions were further refined, and marks the end of an intensive nine-month development process.
"We're extremely happy with the quality of the Level Two program," said LPI Director of Exam Development Kara Pritchard. "Our open development model proves the best possible results are achieved when we work together with both our community supporters and professional experts."
The objectives for the Level Two program are published on the LPI web site, and can be used by courseware designers and book authors as well as those planning to take the exams. "Our Level One program is the target of many courses, books and other forms of Linux education," said Mead. "LPI's vendor-neutral, trainer-neutral approach is clearly the one preferred by the community, which is why we received the 2001 Editor's Choice Award from Linux Journal Magazine as the best Linux certification program."
Both Level 2 exams are presently available in the English language; exam 201 is also available immediately in Japanese. The Japanese-language version of exam 202 is expected to be delivered during December 2001. The LPI Level 1 exams, 101 and 102, are available in both English and Japanese.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional certification for the Linux operating system independent of software vendors or training providers. Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops accessible, internationally-recognized certification programs which have earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers and professionals throughout the world in many different capacities, and the group encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its website at www.lpi.org. LPI's multi-level program of exams is administered globally through 2,800 test centers operated by Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), a division of NCS. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors Caldera International (Nasdaq: CALD), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Linuxcare, Maxspeed, SGI (NYSE: SGI), SuSE Linux AG and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) and Wave
Objectives for the LPI Level 2 program can be found at:
Further information on LPI may be obtained at http://www.lpi.org.
Information on the VUE testing network is at http://www.vue.com.
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