LCP Certification: What is Linux Certified Professional Certification (LCP) and how is it valuable?
LCP Certification stands for Linux Certified Professional Certification and represents a benchmark to employers that the holder has reached a high level of knowledge of the Linux operating system.
Linux is a free operating system based on the kernel (the core or nucleus of an operating system) that was created by Linus Torvalds with the help from developers from around the world. The freedom of Linux is guaranteed under the GNU General Public License, which makes the source code freely available to anyone.
The stability of Linux is widely acknowledged. Linux is also versatile as it can be installed on anything from a network server to a home PC, and at a much lower cost than other vendor software packages. The versatility, cost effectiveness and stability of Linux have all contributed to its increasing popularity. As big name corporations and government agencies around the world strive to be more efficient and profitable, so the attraction of an operating system such as Linux becomes all the more obvious. As the migration continues to Linux, IT professionals and managers will need to have the necessary knowledge and skills to support the Linux operating system.
That’s where LCP Certification comes in. Achieving LCP Certification is your badge to the world that you have a professional competency as a Linux professional. LCP Certification, or to give it its full title, SAIR Linux and GNU Linux Certified Professional (SAIR being responsible for providing the certification program), requires one of two exams to be completed successfully, Linux Installation and Configuration (code 3X0-101) or Linux System Administration (code 3X0-102). Each exam comprises 50 questions and has a pass mark of 74 percent.
As the name implies, both the 101 and 102 exams test the knowledge and skills which are required to administer and support systems and networks based on Linux. Suggested pre-requisites to developing the knowledge necessary to pass either of these exams is two years’ experience with other operating systems and an understanding of basic computer concepts, including familiarity with basic computer terminology.
Equipped with this knowledge and experience, you are then in a position to study for both these exams. The three main methods are through the free Linux knowledge base available on the Internet. If you prefer a more structured approach to your studies, you can use the many books and instructor-led training course which are available.
Linux certification does not end with LCP Certification; it forms a stepping stone to more advanced (and therefore more marketable) Linux certifications. Linux Certified Administrator status is obtained by passing both the 101 and 102 exams, as well as two other exams: Linux Networking and Linux Security. All four exams form part of what is known as Level One. Passing all exams at Level One is a prerequisite to taking on the four exams at Level Two: Linux Core Concepts and Fundamentals, Apache Webserver, Samba Filesharing and Sendmail Mail Systems. Successful completion of the Level Two exams confers Linux Certified Engineer status.
By investing time (without necessarily much in the way of hard cash) in the LCP Certification, you can be assured that you are laying the building blocks to a strong knowledge and skills base for an operating system that is becoming increasingly popular around the globe.