Canonical Creates Independent Professional Ubuntu Certification
With the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Canonical is rolling out their brand new “Ubuntu Certified Professional Certification.” And it’s kind of a big deal, especially when this shows that Ubuntu is gaining traction and adoption. Here’s the full details…
“The Ubuntu Certified Professional course was previously attached to the Linux Professional Institute’s LPIC-1 programme, with students required to complete LPI plus Canonical exams in order to become certified. Over its four year lifespan the certification has proven to be popular with many students, and there was consistent demand for an ‘Ubuntu-only’ certification with examination specific to the distribution. Hence, the decision by Canonical to certify the course itself.”
So what does Canonical now provide with it’s new fully-independent branch of certification? It’s a quality course aimed at junior-level system administrators helping them get the most out of their Ubuntu deployments. There’s an e-learning course that will be “available shortly” and students can ‘study’ in a digital classroom from June 2010 to the exam that’ll be offered in October of 2010.
Billy Cina, Director of Training at Canonical noted that they were confident in this move, especially from the response, feedback and demand. According to her, the new web-courses will…
“…benefit students globally…[and]…also enable us to move from a multiple-choice- to a ‘Live labs’-type exam which is entirely web-based, testing students’ ability and Ubuntu skills far more effectively.”
How do you qualify to take the exam? Well, no Linux experience necessary, but you will have to be a system admin with IT training and experience in the field is a must. The courses last for 5 days in a classroom or a ‘self-paced’ e-class. Exams can last from an hour to an hour and a half and come straight from Ubuntu Trainer Partner facilities “or anywhere with a secure broadband connection”
And is there a cost? Of course. It’s looking like anywhere between $300-350 for the exam, but the price isn’t finalized. And if you’re feeling advantageous, Canonical is looking for students to assist in developing the exam by taking a test exam. Interestingly, English language comprehension is a must, along with a broadband connection.