LPI Certification Exams Exceed 250,000 Worldwide

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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a Linux certification organization, announced that it delivered over 258,000 exams and 85,000 certifications worldwide. LPI's industry standard certifications are delivered in thousands of locations worldwide and in multiple languages, with the support of employers, vendors, and trainers.

The achievement reflects the long-standing commitment to the LPI program from both individual Linux professionals and the industry at large, said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute. "We have seen impressive growth in the last year due to the enthusiastic response from IT professionals to our revised LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 exams." Lacey credited the results to a number of factors including the desire of IT professionals to keep their skills current in a competitive economic climate.

"IBM recognizes LPI as a key resource to help IT professionals gain Linux skills," said Jean Staten Healy, director of Linux strategy at IBM. "Linux continues to grow as a core technology for many of our clients, and they require a skilled technical community to help them meet their business goals."

The numbers are a testament to two things - LPI's growth and durability as a Linux certification leader and the growing number of Linux professionals, added Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer services at the Linux Foundation. "We see tremendous job growth for Linux professionals even in this down market and LPI certification is a great piece of that story." For more information about LPI, go here.