New LPI policy sucks

by on December 7, 2006 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED December 7, 2006

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The Linux Professional Institute Inc. (LPI) is a non-profit organization that provides vendor-independent professional certification for Linux system administrators and programmers.

The exams cover a range of different Linux based topics. The exam are available in almost every country in the world, and are translated into a number of different languages.

Keith Winston has published article which explains why new LPI policy is bad.
Old policy, old LPI
The original LPI policy recognized the corruption in the certification "business". Regarding expiration of certifications, the original LPI position was that certifications were good for a lifetime.

New policy, new LPI
The recent change in expiration policy is not the first. A few years into the program, LPI officially changed the policy on expiration so that certifications expired after 10 years. This concerned me a little, but a lot can change in that amount of time so it didn't seem unreasonable.

Now, LPI recommends that certification tests be taken every two years with a forced expiration after five years. ...

Read rest of more reasons why the policy is bad ...

In tech industry certification holds good value and almost all hiring companies demands some sort of certification. Personally I hold RHCE apart from other networking certificates. Red Hat is leader in an enterprise Linux environment and it does help when you want to get good job.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joe December 8, 2006 at 4:30 am

Ouch. I took my LPI back in early 2004, so I was grandfathered in to the “lifetime”. Guess my cert expires Sept. 1, 2008 now…


2 Adam Kalsey December 8, 2006 at 10:16 am

Sure this sucks. Joe, same here my cert expires June – 2009 :(

How good is RHCE? Is it really hard …



3 nixCraft December 8, 2006 at 10:26 am

Joe no more lifetime certs! Their new policy is bad many IT professionals are not happy.

Adam, RHCE is not hard, all you need is RHEL (you can download 30 days trial from their site) and some work experience. Check out for more information.

Appreciate all of your comments.


4 Manoj July 26, 2007 at 3:14 am

Is LPI certification good fro sys admins working in unix. Or should they go for rhce?



5 nixCraft July 26, 2007 at 3:49 am


Go for RHCE, here we have good demand.


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