Linux Essentials

Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate

Linux adoption continues to rise world-wide as individual users, government entities and industries ranging from automotive to space exploration embrace open source technologies. This expansion of open source in enterprise is redefining traditional Information and Communication Technology (ICT) job roles to require more Linux skills. Whether you’re starting your career in Open Source, or looking for advancement, independently verifying your skill set can help you stand out to hiring managers or your management team.

The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC) is a great way to show employers that you have the foundational skills required for your next job or promotion. It also serves as an ideal stepping-stone to the more advanced LPIC Professional Certification track for Linux Systems Administrators.

The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate validates a demonstrated understanding of:

  • FOSS, the various communities, and licenses
  • knowledge of open source applications in the workplace as they relate to closed source equivalents
  • basic concepts of hardware, processes, programs and the components of the Linux Operating System
  • how to work on the command line and with files
  • how to create and restore compressed backups and archives
  • system security, users/groups and file permissions for public and private directories
  • how to create and run simple scripts

Linux Essentials Exam

The Linux Essentials exam is a recommended, not required, pre-requisite for training in the LPIC professional program. Exams are delivered in schools and training centres around the world. To locate the training centre nearest you, please visit the Partner locator. If you wish to complete the exam without using a training Partner, the exams are available via Pearson Vue.

This is a required exam for Linux Essentials Certificate. It covers basic knowledge for those working and studying in Open Source and various distributions of Linux. The Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC) program is comprised of one 60-minute exam containing 40 questions.

Each objective is assigned a weighting value. The weights range roughly from 1 to 10 and indicate the relative importance of each objective. Objectives with higher weights will be covered in the exam with more questions.

Linux Essentials Objectives

Details of the Linux Essentials objectives can be found on the LPI Wiki Page for Linux Essentials.