Showing posts with label Linux. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Linux. Show all posts

Thursday, 20 March 2014

How LPI certifications can be your key to success


Entering the world of Linux engineering can be quite challenging even for the most committed individual. Add this to this year’s Linux Jobs report, according to which 90% of employers find the recruitment of Linux professionals as either “somewhat difficult” or “very difficult” (an increase on last years’ results), and it becomes clear that a new approach is needed. The importance of raining has to receive more recognition.

Linux experts of UKFast on LPI qualifications

UKFast, founded in 1999, is a business-to-business (b2b) hosting provider, currently looking after 250,000 e-commerce websites. Linux plays a key role in service delivery and technical support at UKFast; therefore it is essential that the company has well trained engineers.

Although LPI Certifications won’t make you a system administrator (sysadmin) overnight, they do provide you with a range of massive advantages in the workplace. One key benefit of the LPICs is standardisation. The training provides the basics which will enable you to approach other systems with the confidence that you will be able to work out ways around the different deviations on your own.

What the LPI qualifications give you

The LPI qualification is a great way of initialising and developing your knowledge.

LPIC1 - provides you with the basic knowledge and skills common across all distributions of Linux, such as system architecture, administrative tasks and GNU and UNIX commands.

LPIC2 - builds on this and covers advanced skills for your role as a Linux Professional. To pass this level and obtain your certification, you are required to be able to administer a small to medium sized site.

LPIC3 - is designed for ‘Enterprise’ level engineers as it introduces specialised areas of expertise such as mixed environments and security.

Firebrand is an LPI Approved Training Partner

As a leading hosting company, UKFast receives a lot of CVs and applications from engineers who have taught themselves the LPIC essentials by using books or watching training videos online. This dedication shows that you’re dealing with a motivated individual, which is the key to success.

However, self-study is not an option for everyone, as the process can be very long and often hard to manage. If you’re committed to getting your LPI certification, visit Firebrand’s LPI page and pick the one best suits your needs.

For more information on LPI certifications and an interview with Bill Quinn, CEO of LPI UK & Ireland, read Going Pro with Linux.  

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 25 February 2013

Top 5 Certifications to Start Your IT Career in 2013


Thinking of getting into IT? Here’s a list of the top five certifications that we think are the most effective way of entering the IT world. Once you have completed one of these, you can start your IT career, gain experience and gain higher certifications that will land you that powerful salary:

The A+ certification is considered a benchmark and stepping stone for people who want to enter the IT World. The Comptia A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge in installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. It is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell, and has become a requirement for their engineers. There are almost a million IT professionals worldwide who have certified in A+ since the program’s beginning in 1993. CompTIA also offers its popular Network+ certification which you can gain with the A+ in just 7 days. You'll gain the skills and knowledge necessary to configure and operate a variety of networking products. Combined, the A+ and Network+ certifications are backed by major computer hardware and software vendors, distributors, resellers and publications. According to, the average salary for a A+ professional is £23,500 and for a Network+ professional is £23,250.

More than 95% of companies around the world use Microsoft products and technologies. Now's your chance to be a part of it. The MTA certification is the first stepping stone for all Microsoft certifications. The MTA is part of Microsoft’s new range of certifications which are very popular. Gaining this cert offers a stepping stone onto the more powerful and respected MCSA and MCSE certifications. This year will see many companies now looking for the updated Microsoft certs, which is why many MCITP aspirants are being directed to MCSA and MCSE. Learn more about the new Microsoft certs and the paths to take here: How to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.

In a Linux Jobs report, eight in ten recruiters said that hiring a Linux talent was a priority in 2012. The popularity for Linux has not stopped growing, and will continue to grow throughout  2013. This CompTIA course provides you with the basic hardware, software, and networking skills necessary to function in an entry-level Linux role. It also offers a stepping stone to the more powerful Linux certs such as the LPI level 2 and level 3According to, the average salary for a LPI professional is £25,000.

4. CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

CCNA is a great way to enter the IT industry. But requires dedicated training and some may find it hard if they are completely new to IT. You can first take the CCENT to get more familiar with the material. Cisco certifications are world renowned and respected. Having a CCNA shows that you have the ability to setup, troubleshoot, monitor, upgrade and maintain networking hardware based on Cisco equipment. Once you gain your certification, and some experience, you can move on to more advanced certifications like CCNPAccording to, the average salary for a CCNA professional is £38,500.

5. CompTIA Security+

The Security+ is one of the highest paying security certifications and again offered by the vendor neutral CompTIA. It's considered an important stepping stone for a career in IT security. It demonstrates that you have a strong knowledge of security concepts, cryptography, access control, and the tools and procedures to respond to security incidents. You’ll also learn about disaster recovery methods, risk management, and compliance and operational security. Once gained, You’ll then be able to anticipate and prevent cyber attacks, and effectively deal with security events. The Security+ cert is greatly recognised in the industry, many companies have it as a requirement including the U.S Department of Defense’s IT department. It's important to note that although this is considered an entry level cert for security, you must first have at least an A+ certification. to understand the core concepts. According to, the average salary for a Security+ professional is £60,000. If you want to find out more about the top IT security certifications, see our recent blog post here.

As you can see, CompTIA dominates the list as the best entry level certification provider. You can find out more about who CompTIA is in our recent blog post

Firebrand caught up with Terry Erdle, the Executive Vice President for CompTIA at the EMEA conference. He spoke to us about leveraging CompTIA programmes to educate and certify the IT workforce. Watch the full interview below where he talks about some of the new content and certifications coming out.

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Are there other IT certifications to consider?

If you think we missed one, let us know in the comment section below. It all depends on what sector of the industry you would like to enter. The further you go with your certifications, the more specific your skills will become. Good luck in starting your IT career in 2013.

About the Author:
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, IT training, IT certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the IT industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Linux - the most in demand talent in 2012

The Linux Jobs Report revealed, that out of the 2,300 surveyed, eight in ten said that hiring a Linux talent is a priority in 2012. Over 50% of the firms had also said that they planned on increasing the number of people who are Linux skilled.

Linux CertificationThe majority of the companies were looking for professionals skilled in Linux, with three to five years’ experience.

A massive 67% revealed that they’re looking for Linux Developers, while 55% are looking for Linux system administrators.

The average salary rise in the industry was only 2%, but Linux professionals “saw a five per cent increase, in their pay” according to the report. This shows the edge they have over others in the industry.

But despite being in demand, companies still face a challenge. Linux professionals are in the few and finding one is very hard.

“85 per cent say finding Linux talent is somewhat to very difficult, making Linux professionals some of the most sought after talent in 2012.”

There are two main certifications in Linux: Linux+ Powered by LPI Level 1 and LPI Level 2.

The LPI Level 1 course provides the basic hardware, software, and networking skills needed to function in an entry-level Linux role. The course covers all the major Linux distributions (Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE, Debian, TurboLinux, Slackware, etc.).

The LPI level 2 certification program is designed for IT professionals who administer a small to medium-sized site. It provides the necessary knowledge to plan, implement, maintain, secure and troubleshoot a small mixed (MS, Linux) network. Including a LAN server (samba), internet gateway (firewall, proxy, mail, news), or internet server (webserver, FTP server).

Friday, 31 August 2012

CompTIA Linux+ is making Changes to Exam Objectives

CompTIA has announced that they will be making minor changes to the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams by the end of the year.

CompTIA Linux+ Logo“The objective changes are reflected in the current exam objectives available for download and will be reflected in both CompTIA Linux+ exams, LX0-101 and LX0-102, by the end of August 2012.”

The updates to the CompTIA Linux+ exam objectives are listed below: 
  • Adding objectives pertaining to systemd, Upstar, LVM, GRUB 2, and ext4;
  • Deleting LILO from list of terms; and
  • Adding bash_history to list of terms.

 The updates to the CompTIA Linux+ exam objectives: 
  • Adding Environmental Variable TZ to list of terms, and
  • Adding an objective pertaining to IPv6

“CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI is a high-stakes, vendor-neutral certification that validates the fundamental knowledge and skills required of junior Linux administrators.”

Monday, 25 June 2012

Linux exams exclusive to Pearson VUE

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced that from July 1, professionals will only be able to take its certification exams through Pearson VUE testing centres. 

The Linux certifications were launched in 1999 and over 100,000 professionals have gained its certifications, and over 300,000 exams have been undertaken.

Linux has three levels of certifications:

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Free Linux Essentials "Beta Exams"

The Linux Professional Institute is launching a set of "beta" exams for the Linux Professionals Institute's "Linux Essentials" program during LinuxTag, May 23-26 in Berlin, Germany

“Linux Essentials” measures foundational knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software and will be publicly released in June 2012.  "Beta" exams are offered for free if you wish to assist LPI in its exam development.
You will be awarded a "Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement" if you pass the exam.
You can register in advance for the Linux Essentials "beta" exam at

Friday, 30 March 2012

LPI announces “Linux Essentials” certification

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) announced “Linux Essentials”, an innovative new credential measuring foundation knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software.

"Linux is ubiquitous and plays a significant role in the server room, on our phones and tablets, cash registers and, of course, embedded devices everywhere.  Linux is in the enterprise, in movie studios, government, academia and throughout industry around the world.  We at LPI, with the help of our partner channel, are going to take it to the last frontier--the classroom.  LPI is at the forefront of creating the first generation of Linux professionals, and now with our "Linux Essentials" program we're going to create the first global generation of "users" who are as comfortable with Linux as they are with any other operating system," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. 

The “Linux Essentials” credential has been under development by LPI for approximately two years and includes the participation of qualification authorities, academic partners, private trainers, publishers, government organizations, volunteer IT professionals and Linux and Open Source experts. The "Linux Essentials" exam leads to a "Certificate of Achievement" recognizing knowledge of the subject matter. The certification is valid for 10 years.

The “Linux Essentials” exam will be available in June 2012 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and in other nations around the world in 2013.

A full description of “Linux Essentials” is available at:

Current Linux courses offered are: