December 8, 2002

OSDgroup provides free LPI exams

jmw writes "The Open Source Development Group
(OSDgroup) (http://www.osdgroup.com/), an open-source software training company,
is now including free Linux Professional Institute (LPI) (http://www.lpi.org/)
certification exam vouchers as part of its Linux training courses until March
15, 2003."
The free vouchers are redeemable at any testing facility offering
LPI certification exams, including Prometric and VUE testing facilities.

"Our joint program with the OSDgroup is just another initiative we are
taking to encourage Linux training and certification among corporate and government
IT professionals," says LPI's president Evan Leibovitch. "As Linux
continues to gain acceptance and recognition, it is extremely important these
professionals take a complete holistic approach to their Linux training and
certification process that will lead to better employment opportunities."

"Testing and certification is an integral part of the complete training
solution," adds OSDgroup's president John Weathersby. "By offering
free LPI certification exams, we are encouraging IT professionals, who are deploying
and maintaining Linux systems in increasing numbers in the corporate and public
sectors, to stand up and be counted as a truly certified Linux professional."

OSDgroup provides a variety of open-source software training solutions to corporate
and government clients including the recently announced training program for
Security Enhanced Linux (http://www.securityenhancedlinux.com) . The joint program
with LPI applies to OSDgroup training courses that lead to LPI's Level One and
Level Two certifications.

LPI is the premier professional certification program for the Linux community.
LPI's mandate is to design and deliver a certification program from within the
Linux community, using both volunteer and professional resources. It has been
ranked number one on the list of certifications expected to rise the 'fastest
in importance' according to the recently released 2002 CRN Certification study.
LPI has also been selected as the winner, for the second consecutive year, of
the Linux Journal's annual Editors' Choice Awards in the Training and Certification
category. LPI has delivered almost 20,000 Level One and Level Two certification
exams globally since the program's inception in January 2000.

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