LPIC 3

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The LPIC 3 certification is the culmination of LPI’s certification program.

LPIC-3 is designed for the enterprise-level Linux professional. The program has been developed with the advice of hundreds of Linux professionals and some of the world’s leading technology companies. It also represents the highest level of professional, distribution-neutral Linux certification within the industry.

The LPIC-3 program consists of a single exam for LPIC-3 “core” designation. A number of “specialty” exams are proposed as additional designations on top of the LPIC-3 core.

Proposed specialties include:

  • mixed environment
  • security
  • high availability and virtualization
  • web and intranet
  • mail and messaging

Exam 301: Core

Exam 301 is the sole exam for LPIC-3 designation. It tests skills in authentication, troubleshooting, network integration and capacity planning.

  • Status:“Core” available January 2007
  • Prerequisites:You must have an active LPIC-2 certification to receive LPIC-3 certification, but the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 exams may be taken in any order
  • Requirements:Passing the 301 exam.

Overview of Tasks

To pass LPIC-3 core you should:

  • Have several years experience with installing and maintaining Linux on many computers for various purposes
  • Have integration experience with diverse technologies and operating systems
  • Have professional experience as, or training for, an enterprise-level Linux professional. (This includes experience as a part of another role.)
  • Know advanced and enterprise levels of Linux administration, including installation, management, security, troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Be able to use open-source tools to measure capacity planning and to troubleshoot resource problems
  • Have professional experience using LDAP to integrate with Unix services and Windows services, including Samba, PAM, email, Active Directory
  • Be able to plan, architecture, design, build and implement a full environment using Samba and LDAP as well as measure the capacity planning and security of the services
  • Be able create scripts in Bash or Perl or has knowledge of at least one system programming language (such as C)
A full list of the objectives can be found at the LPI Wiki.

Exam 302: Mixed Environment

The successful completion of this exam entitles candidates to the specialty designation: LPI 302: mixed environments.

  • Status:LPI 302 (mixed environment) specialty available January 2007
  • Prerequisites:You must have an active LPIC-2 certification to receive LPIC-3 certification, but the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 exams may be taken in any order
  • Requirements:Passing the 301 exam and any one of the LPI 302 – 306 exams to receive the respective specialty certification

Overview of Tasks

To pass LPI-302 (mixed environment) specialty you should:

  • Have necessary skills and experience as outlined in LPIC-3 core exam
  • Have professional experience using Samba to integrate file and print services with Windows, including user management, domain control, security and performance tuning
  • Be able to plan, design, build and implement a complete multi-user environment using Samba
A full list of the objectives can be found at the LPI Wiki.

Exam 303: Security

The successful completion of this exam entitles candidates to the specialty designation: LPI 303: security.

Overview of Tasks

To pass LPI-303 security specialty you should:

  • Have necessary skills and experience as outlined in LPIC-3 core exam
  • Design and implement customized solutions to complex automation problems such as multi-site enterprises and heavy-duty Internet sites
  • Initiate projects and work against a budget.
  • Supervise assistants and help troubleshoot problems.
  • Serve as a consultant to higher management.
A full list of the objectives can be found at the LPI Wiki.

Exam 304: Virtualization & High Availability

The successful completion of this exam entitles candidates to the specialty designation: LPI 304: virtualization and high availability

A full list of the objectives can be found at the LPI Wiki.

Exam

To achieve LPIC 3 you need to pass two exams – LPI 301 (Core) and one specialist exam, either: LPI 302(Mixed Enviroment), LPI 303 (Security) or LPI 304 (Virtualisation & High Availability). These can be completed in any order. Both exams can be taken at a Pearson VUE test center.