Mass Linux certification
South African Linux training company Afribiz is spearheading an effort to have more than 200 applicants sit the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) examinations in just one day next year. Kin le Roux of Afribiz says the only other country that has attempted this before is China which did it earlier this year. \”Obviously we would like to do even more than China did,\” says Le Roux.
Le Roux says that representatives of the LPI, based in Canada, have agreed to come out to South Africa if a minimum of 200 students sign up for the examinations. The examinations will be held on 21 January 2005. Sitting the exams costs R200 per student. Le Roux says R100 of this goes to the LPI and the other R100 to The Shuttleworth Foundation, the official LPI affiliates in South Africa, to manage the exam process which includes send the completed papers to Canada for marking.
Because a maximum of 35 students can sit any one exam Le Roux says they will split the examinations into multiple sessions running in either the morning or the afternoon. \”The moderators for the exams need to be approved LPI moderators which is why we will need the assistance of the LPI representatives from Canada.\”
Le Roux says that while they are quite confident of they will get more 200 candidates he does warn that the LPI certification is not simple. \”It is one of the harder exams I have had to write,\” he says of his own certification. \”To pass users will ideally have worked for some time on a Linux machine. The exams test the real skills of students and not just the classroom-skills.\”
Linux users that are eager to test their skills and gain a certification can contact Alan McKinnon at Afribiz.co.za for more information or to sign up.