LPIC-1 vs Linux+

RobertKaucherRobertKaucher Member Posts: 4,299 ■■■■■■■■■■
I am fairly new to Linux. I have decent administrative skills and I have been using it on and off for a few years. Currently I am starting to study the OS more seriously and would like some advice on which cert is more worth while. Should I study for the Linux+ or LPIC-1? My current career path is leaning more towards security and I believe that good Linux skills are essential to success in this area. Thanks!


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    BeaverC32BeaverC32 Member Posts: 670 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Why not get both? Is this something your employer will pay for? In a nutshell, Linux+ is the "easier" of the two, while LPIC is more prestigious.

    Here are a couple links regarding the 2 exams:


    MCSE 2003, MCSA 2003, LPIC-1, MCP, MCTS: Vista Config, MCTS: SQL Server 2005, CCNA, A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, Linux+, BSCS (Information Systems)
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    RobertKaucherRobertKaucher Member Posts: 4,299 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks, Beav. Your articles told me exactly what I needed to know. Sadly work would not pay for such a certification as we do not support Linux. This is strictly for professional and technical development on my part.

    I think I am going to take your advice on getting both as I can make the LPIC a bit more long range. And getting the Linux+ on my resume will at least say I know the fundamentals.
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    Gennosuke HIGAKIGennosuke HIGAKI Member Posts: 68 ■■□□□□□□□□
    For your reference, LPIC changed their policy last year. It was 10 year validity but now 5 year term. You will have to retake or challenge a higher level in order to keept your title. So do I. They also launched level 3. Start from Linux+ and then LPIC I look forward to your success.
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    supertechCETmasupertechCETma Member Posts: 377
    FYI: the certcities article referenced above is a little dated. The Linux+ exam has been revised and a WHOLE lot of hardware was removed and replaced by security, networking & admin. It is a decent exam now, trust me. icon_cool.gif
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    Daniel333Daniel333 Member Posts: 2,077 ■■■■■■□□□□
    I asked around on this not too long ago at work and to with a few friends who are professional Linux users. Out of just shy of a dozen people I talked to none of them heard of any of the Linux certifications.

    I think there are plenty of HR people who have never heard of either one too.

    Just an opinion here, but I think the "+" on the end of the Linux relates it to A+ and catches the attention of HR departments and hiring managers who may not be up to speed on current certifications. But who hasn’t heard of A+?

    As far as getting your foot in the door, I would say Linux+ following the above logic. Then let your experience and charisma sell you once you are at the Interview.
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    sthomassthomas Member Posts: 1,240 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Certification isn't nearly as popular in the Linux world as it is for Microsoft and Cisco outside of RHCE maybe. With that said I still think it is good to get a Linux certification if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd.
    Working on: MCSA 2012 R2
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