(http://www.lpi.org), the premier professional certification program for the Linux
community, has reached a milestone by delivering over 10,000 Level One and
Level Two certification exams globally since its inception in January 2000.
"This is a significant industry landmark because it now means there is a considerable worldwide certified body of Linux professionals to support integration of a Linux platform within an enterprise environment," says LPI's Board Chairman Evan Leibovitch. "These numbers also support the fact that LPI has increased its industry reputation as the leader in providing standardized, vendor-neutral Linux certification worldwide." The LPI program was selected as the "fastest growing certification in terms of importance" by an October/01 industry survey conducted by Computer Reseller News. "The people who take LPI exams recognize that certification is critical to their own careers," adds LPI's President Chuck Mead. "LPI is providing a clear organizational career path for students to follow that helps them capture better jobs because many human resource professionals today are recognizing that certification is vital to the hiring process. It validates a candidate's knowledge base as well as persistence and determination to complete a project like the certification process." LPI's mandate is to design and deliver a certification program from within the Linux community, using both volunteer and hired resources. It resolves to undertake a well-considered, open, disciplined development process, leading directly to the establishment of a recognized and widely-endorsed Linux certification body. About Linux Professional Institute 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 http://www.lpi.org. LPI's multi-level program of exams is administered globally through Virtual University Enterprises (VUE) and Prometric testing centers. 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 Technologies.