Candidates who wish to have their knowledge of the fundamental skills required of junior Linux administrators validated should earn the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification certification. Those professionals who earn this certification are skilled in system architecture, Linux installation and package management, and GNU and Unix commands. Professionals with this certification are also skilled in operating Linux filesystems, have an understanding of the filesystem hierarchy standard, and have knowledge in shells, scripting, data management, user interfaces, desktops, administrative tasks, networking fundamentals, security, and essential system services.
After earning certification, a professional may take jobs as a junior network administrator, a Linux database administrator, a web administrator, or a systems administrator. This certification is required or recommended for employees by IBM, Xerox, HP, Lenovo, and Dell.
Earning this certification requires candidates to pass the LX0-101 and LX0-102 exams. Each test contains 60 questions and have a 90 minute time limit. The grading scale is between 200-800, and a score of 500 is required to pass. Candidates can also choose to have their scores forwarded to the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) when they take the exam. Having the scores forwarded allows a candidate to earn the LPIC-1 certification at the same time that they earn the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification.