The Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) verifies competence in the Linux operating system and its tools. Employers trust the certificate, as 92% said IT-certified individuals have higher starting salaries than those who are not.
Before taking an exam, LPI recommends that you choose the right certification. Moreover, you should pick the right study methods and resources to pass the test.
Should You Self-Study?
You get to choose how you would prepare for the exams. You may enroll in instructor-led classes, study on your own, or do both. Before you decide to study on your own, though, you should determine if self-study is right for you. David Horton provided a checklist so people could confirm if self-studying is the right way to go. A person must:
- Prefer self-learning to learning under a teacher
- Prefer using the Linux command-line to a graphical user interface
- Have used more than one Linux distribution
- Feel comfortable with LPI’s exam objectives
- Be motivated, disciplined and have good time management skills
Horton claimed that if you said yes to most of the items, self-study would be a good learning method for you. But if you answered yes to less than half, you could explore other formalized ways, like enrolling in classes.
LPI Test Format
Before taking the test, you must familiarize yourself with the test format. The LPIC exam has 51 to 73 multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank questions. Some multiple-choice questions have a single correct answer, while others have multiple. Overall, the LPI tests are like other computer-based exams, such as Novell, Microsoft or Cisco certification tests.
LPI Study Resources
In studying for the LPI exams, it’s important to choose the right resources. Below are some recommendations:
- LPI Self Study Guide by David Horton
This guide provides practice questions based on the objectives of the LPI exams. It also gives practical tips, such as understanding the LPI test Format and handling test anxiety.
- A Roadmap for LPIC-1 by IBM DeveloperWorks
This resource helps you learn the Linux system administration tasks. The topics cover Linux system architecture, Linux installation and package management, GNU and UNIX commands, filesystems, data management, interface, Networking fundamentals and more.
- Linux LPIC-1 Certification by the World Mentoring Academy
This lesson contains 46 units and 3 tests about performing maintenance tasks on the command-line, installing and configuring Linux and basic networking. Additionally, it covers Debian Package Management, disk quota management, fundamentals of Internet Protocols and data encryption, among others.
- Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Exam Prep for LPIC-2 by IBM DeveloperWorks
This series covers topics that will be in the LPIC-2 exams, otherwise known as the intermediate-level certification. The lessons include the Linux Kernel, system startup, hardware, file and service sharing, system maintenance, system customisation, automation and troubleshooting.
- Linux LPIC-2 Certification by the World Mentoring Academy
The lessons in this series focus on the administration of small to medium-sized mixed networks. They include predicting future resource needs, system recovery, RAID configuration, logical volume management, backup operations and more.
- Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Exam Prep for LPIC-3 by IBM DeveloperWorks
This series focuses on the LPIC-3 exam, which is the senior-level system administrator certification. Its lessons cover Lightweight Directory Access Protocol installation and development, configuration, integration, migration and capacity planning.
- Linux LPIC-3 Certification by the World Mentoring Academy
This lesson spans the three separate LPIC-3 specialty certifications. It includes lessons on administration, security, virtualization and the high availability of enterprise-wide Linux systems.
For more resources, you can visit the LPI’s recommended training materials.