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Thursday, 04 June 2015 00:34

Linux Foundation and edX offers new Linux certifications

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The Essentials of Linux System Administration is now available on the edX learning platform and provides the training necessary to access lucrative Linux IT jobs

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organisation dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced it is making its Essentials of Linux Systems Administration (LFS201) course available on the edX online learning platform from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The 2015 Linux Jobs Report shows that more than 9 in 10 hiring managers are planning to bring Linux talent on board this year, and 50% report they will hire more Linux professionals than in 2014. At the same time, 88% reported difficulty in finding qualified individuals to fill these positions.  However those looking for a valuable Linux job will need a qualification as the jobs report found that 54% of hiring managers expect a certification or evidence of formal training.

LFS201 is the second course The Linux Foundation has made available on the edX platform. The first, a free course, was Introduction to Linux (LFS101), which to date has enrolled over 400,000 learners, making it one of the largest courses available on the edX platform. The new course, which is appropriate for those who have completed LFS101 and want to take the next step, as well as individuals who have worked in IT positions but not directly with Linux, will be offered for a fee of $499, which includes a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam attempt, a $300 value which includes one free retake if not passed on the first attempt. The course will be offered at an introductory price of only $399 for two weeks from today.

“Our free Introduction to Linux course on edX brought more than 400,000 new people into the Linux community. Now we’re calling on the people who are serious about taking the next step,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Essentials of Linux Systems Administration will prepare people to join the ranks of the world’s best and to take the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam, providing the perfect entry point for a lucrative career in IT.”


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