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Novell launches new certifications to promote Linux adoption

By   |  March 8, 2004

Novell last week announced two programmes to ensure that customers and partners can obtain high quality technical expertise to support Novells Linux-based solutions. Novell launched its Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) program, including the CLE Practicum exam, and the SuSE Certified Linux Professional certification, which recognises expertise on the SuSE Linux distribution.

Both programs are designed to increase the base of technical knowledge on Linux and Linux-based solutions in the market today, giving enterprise customers and partners the confidence they need to deploy Linux strategically, says the company.

Linux is the fastest growing server operating environment and Novell is making a significant commitment to driving Linux into the enterprise, said Trish Barwick, Novell SA channel manager. For enterprises to adopt Linux, and Novell Linux solutions, they need to know that theres a pool of expertise they can tap to install and manage those Linux environments, whether through their internal IT staff or through a trusted partner. The Novell CLE which focus on developing real hands-on capabilities, will give customers this confidence, she said.

The Novell CLE requires a core understanding of Linux, and Novell strongly recommends candidates obtain the level of knowledge required for the widely recognised Linux Professional Institute Certification Level 1 (LPIC-1). Competency in the objectives included in the LPIC-1 certification is required in Novells Practicum exam for the CLE. Novell and its training partners will offer an intensive five-day course on Novell Nterprise Linux Services, which delivers file, print, messaging, directory and management services on Linux, to provide training on installing, configuring, and troubleshooting those services. Finally, candidates will need to pass the Practicum CLE examination to test real competency and skills operating in Linux and Novell Nterprise Linux Services environments.

\”Clients want to be assured that staff, consultants and partners involved in their Linux adoption are competently trained and certified. Our CLE exam is no paper certification,\” said Barwick. \”CLE candidates must demonstrate they can handle practical challenges on Linux and Novell Nterprise Linux Services by completing randomly selected scenarios requiring the resolution of a given problem or process, all within a specified time period. Our Practicum technology enables us to challenge students to demonstrate that they have not only learned the concepts taught in our courses, but can practically apply the knowledge they have acquired in live environments.\”

The SuSE Certified Linux Professional (SCLP) is based on the LPIC-1, with enhancements. While the LPIC-1 checks basic distribution-independent Linux skills, candidates for the SCLP also need to show expertise in SuSE Linux Enterprise erver-specific issues that are not covered by the LPI exams.

This includes the SuSE administration tool YaST and various standard services of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (such as the CUPS print server). The exam tests basic skills in connection with the configuration of various SuSE Linux Enterprise Server services. LPIC-1-certified candidates who pass the SuSE Linux exam are awarded the title SCLP.


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