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Hello all, i'm currently a jr college student studying for my A+ and NET+, so far everything is good, I've heard that there is a Linux+ all done by comptia. I was curious if anyone has any details about this certification. Such as what general area is covered? I'm 20 years old and have been on linux since i was 13, i know it very well but i was just curious as to how in dept it goes, any one else taking this cert before?
are there any other more reputable linux certs?
Linux+ Certification from comptia gives similar set of exam that came from the Linux Professional Institute. Passing the certification from Linux+, will also credit you an equivalent LPI Certification as well.
To know the details/topics that will be included in the certification exam, please check www.lpi.org
Here are some popular linux certifications available
1. Redhat linux Certification (Redhat Certified System Administrator, Redhat Certified Systems Engineer)
2. Linux Professional Institute (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3)
3. Novell Linux Certification (Novell Certified Linux Administrator, Novell Certified Linux Professional, Novell Certified Linux Engineer)
I don't know if you can take actual courses. I bought a book and homeschooled myself. You need two exams per level, each cost me £100 I think. LPIC 101 and 102 get you LPIC-1, which is an accreditation by itself, but you can carry on and get LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 so six exams altogether
It is a 2 part exam and currently costs $173.00 per exam.
I have the Linux+ and can tell you that it is a good starter exam to really get you the basics of many aspects of Linux. Though I felt the test was more difficult than I thought it would be for the simple reason they cram so much information into the exam. Meaning you are tested on so many different aspects that it was a little overwhelming. I am assuming that is is the same today I have had my Linux+ for several years and would guess that the test got harder. The other nice thing about studying / taking the exam is that it is platform independent.
From being in the job market and working on I can tell you that it does not carry a lot of weight when looking at mid to high level Linux positions but if you are new to Linux it is a good way to learn a little about a lot. Having a Linux certification will definitely help you get noticed but having only Linux+ with low experience *might get you a Jr. Admin position. The more highly regarded exams are LPIC, RHCA/RHCE, and Novell SLES Engineer. The RedHat and Novell exams are "Practicum" meaning you have to drive to one of a few testing centers and actually perform the actions on a Live system while evaluated by a testing proctor.