CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career system administrator supporting Linux systems.

CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills administrators need to secure the enterprise, power the cloud and keep systems running. The new certification ensures that IT professionals, software developers, cybersecurity engineers and penetration testers have these necessary skills to support today’s tech systems.

CompTIA Linux+ is the only job-focused Linux certification covering the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers. Unlike other certifications, the new exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job. The exam covers tasks associated with all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for advanced vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

The new CompTIA Linux+ XK0-005 is available now!


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What Skills Will You Learn?

HARDWARE

System Management

Configure and manage software, storage and process and services

WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS

Security

Understand best practices for permissions and authentication, firewalls, and file management

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

Scripting, Containers & Automation

Create simple shell scripts and execute basic BASH scripts, version control using Git, and orchestration processes

NETWORKING

Troubleshooting

Analyze system properties and processes and troubleshoot user, application and hardware issues

Companies that trust CompTIA Linux+

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Jobs that use CompTIA Linux+

Linux Administrator

Junior Cloud Engineer

Junior DevOps Support Engineer

Technical Support Specialist

Systems Administrator

Network Administrator

Web Administrator/ Developer

Cybersecurity Engineer

Linux Engineer


Exam Details

Exam Codes XK0-004  XK0-005
Launch Date April 2, 2019  July 12, 2022
Exam Description CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT professionals with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, and supporting servers running the Linux operating system. The new exam has an increased focus on the following topics: security, kernel modules, storage & virtualization, device management at an enterprise level, git & automation, networking & firewalls, server side & command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux.  The new version of CompTIA Linux+ covers an evolving job role that focuses more on how Linux powers the cloud. The exam includes cutting edge technologies that help automate and orchestrate business processes, including infrastructure as code and containers. 
Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions 
Type of Questions Multiple-choice and performance-based 
Length of Test 90 Minutes
Passing Score 720 (on a scale of 100 to 900)
Recommended Experience CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux admin experience  Recommended experience is 12 months of hands-on experience working with Linux servers in a junior Linux support engineer or junior cloud/DevOps support engineer job role. CompTIA A+, Network+, and Server+ or similar certifications and/or knowledge are also recommended. 
Languages

English, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish

English only 
Retirement
January 16, 2023
TBD - Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $348 USD (See all pricing)





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Exam Preparation

CompTIA offers a wealth of certification training that is designed for exam success. Find out more and explore all training options.

eLearning with CompTIA CertMaster Learn for Linux+

Train anywhere, anytime. Master all exam objectives through learning content that is enhanced with videos, flash cards and performance-based questions. Confirm your learning progress with an included practice test.

 

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Interactive Labs with CompTIA Labs for Linux+

Supercharge your certification training with hands-on, browser-based virtual lab environments. Jump into the role of an administrator, complete basic to advanced tasks and quickly understand the impact of the system changes you make.

 

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Go into your Linux+ certification exam with confidence. Adaptive exam preparation in this intelligent online training companion will reinforce what you already know and fill the gaps in areas you need to improve.

 

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Study Guides for Linux+

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Renewal

Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skillset. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

Get the most out of your certification
Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT and security expert.

The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA Linux+ certification is good for three years from the date of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification.

It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA Linux+ certification. Collect at least 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years and upload them to your certification account, and your CompTIA Linux+ certification will automatically renew.

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iconHowToRenew Linux+ can be renewed.

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CompTIA Integrated CertMaster Learn + CompTIA Labs for Linux+ (XK0-005)
 
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