The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, has announced that the LPIC-1 certification program for Linux professionals has been accepted as a nationally recognized IT accreditation for college students at secondary schools and technical colleges in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
LPI's affiliate, LPI-UK, worked in cooperation with e-skills UK to ensure this initiative. e-skills UK is a non-profit employer-led organization that brings together employers, educators and government to address together technology-related skills issues in the UK. The organization also regulates all IT qualifications for the UK "Qualification and Credit Framework." The two organizations are also working in partnership with the Scottish Qualifications Authority to recognize LPIC-1 as a nationally accepted award and SCQF Credit within Scotland.
In addition to the LPIC-1, e-skills UK is working to have LPI's LPIC-2 program recognized as a nationally accepted qualification.
"This recognition by accreditation authorities in the UK, particularly for technical students between the ages of 14-18 years of age, demonstrates the value of LPI's certification program as a means of qualifying aspiring IT professionals for employment. LPI has always maintained that our strength has been in the workforce development of Linux professionals. Similarly, this announcement is in line with the increasing acceptance of our certification as an IT standard in other jurisdictions around the globe," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Lacey noted that under this initiative in the UK, students who earned their LPIC-1 status would be eligible for college or high school credits towards their qualifications as well as credit towards university entrance.
The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations.
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