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Apr 07, 2010

CompTIA and Linux Professional Institute Join Forces to Advance Global Linux Workforce

CompTIA adopts LPI exams for its Linux+ program

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., and Sacramento, Calif., April 7, 2010 – CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor neutral skills certifications for the world’s information technology (IT) workforce and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's leading Linux certification organization, today announced an international partnership to standardize their entry-level Linux certification programs on LPIC-1.

Under this program, CompTIA will adopt LPI's Level One certification exams (LPIC-1) for its CompTIA Linux+ certification.  This innovative program will enable successful candidates to earn both the new "CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI" certification and the existing LPIC-1 certification.

“Our collaboration with LPI is an important and significant step in building a robust workforce that is educated and certified in all aspects of Linux,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “By combining CompTIA’s recognized leadership in IT certification with LPI’s high-quality Linux exam development processes, we’re strengthening the quality and reach of this vital skills certification.”

With independent reports indicating that the number of Linux jobs in 2009 grew as much as 5 percent and that there was a 10 percent salary premium for IT professionals with enterprise Linux skills, this joint effort by CompTIA and LPI will enable IT professionals to gain two vendor-neutral Linux certifications for the price of one.

“LPI has long been recognized as the leading vendor-neutral provider of Linux certification.  With this new initiative we join a widely recognized non-profit association of the leading vendors in the IT industry. For CompTIA's candidates, they will have access to LPI's higher level programs and certifications in Linux,” said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

“This initiative with CompTIA represents our shared commitment to professional IT workforce development and ensures we will have a strong community of Linux professionals in the future,” added Lacey.

Under the terms of the agreement CompTIA will adopt LPIC-1 exams (LPI-101 and LPI-102) for the new CompTIA Linux + Powered by LPI certification.  CompTIA LX0-101 and LX0-102 exams will be offered at the same price as LPIC-1 exams.  Consequently, those passing the CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI exams will qualify for both the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification and the LPIC-1 certification. 

The new CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification will not be available in Japan. The current CompTIA Linux+ exam will retire in Japan on April 30, 2010.

More information about acquiring dual certification status can be obtained by contacting LPI at comptia@lpi.org and at CompTIA at linuxplus@comptia.org

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About CompTIA
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at Http://www.Twitter.com/comptia.

About Linux Professional Institute
The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages in more than 7,000 testing locations.  LPI has delivered over 230,000 exams and 75,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

Contacts:
Steven Ostrowski
Director, Corporate Communications
CompTIA
630-678-8468
sostrowski@comptia.org

David Acheson
Director, Sales and Marketing, N.A.
LPI (Linux Professional Institute)
801-319-7103
dacheson@lpi.org

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
LPI (Linux Professional Institute)
905-269-0862
slamberton@lpi.org