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Hosting Firm Helps LPI Exams Get Beta

Article date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:04 GMT

junior and enterprise-level engineers

Engineers from a fast-paced technology company proved themselves "vital" to the future of open source software, trialling the BETA version of a majorly revised Linux exam.

Ten junior and enterprise-level engineers from Manchester-based hosting company UKFast sat the newly developed LPIC1 exam - to be officially launched in January 2015 - to test it for consistency, ambiguity and accuracy. They were then invited to provide feedback on the questions, available answers and conditions of the exam.

Bill Quinn, CEO of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) UK & Ireland, explained why UKFast's feedback on the Linux exam was so important.

Quinn said: "UKFast was accepted to be part of the BETA tests for two reasons. Firstly, UKFast is very committed to certifications and training - it employs the largest amount of LPI Certified engineers in the UK; a large number of people working there have already progressed through the programme with great success to become enterprise-level engineers.

"But secondly, it is critical that we gain a commercial perspective of Linux's role in the industry, from people who use it every single day to carry out their jobs. UKFast is the perfect candidate for this.

"We cannot get the LPIC 1 exams right unless we have the input of the community, academia and commercial users like UKFast. Employers want to see engineers with a certification they can trust and that will deliver value to their business, which makes feedback from these exams vital."

Lawrence Jones, UKFast CEO, said: "A commitment to training and development is absolutely essential in an ever-evolving industry like ours. With our work with LPI, we're not only taking our own training to the next level; we're helping to create the qualifications of the future which will help the industry evolve as a whole. We're incredibly proud to be involved."

Linux's LPIC exams face a minor upgrade every 2.5 years and a major upgrade every 5 years. Academic and commercial institutes are then welcomed to offer their time to trial the BETA version of the exams before they're introduced to the rest of the industry.

UKFast volunteered its already fully-certified Linux engineers to take part in the process, alongside Birmingham City University and the Dublin Institute of Technology.


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