Linux certification explained for 2004
Posted on 2004-10-12
Although there are a few postings regarding this subject, they are a bit old. I would like to freshen up this topic being that we are close to 2005. While I completely understand that having a certification does not prove a thing about one's competency it is at least a starting point. I would like to know what professionals feel regarding certifications in general and what the choices are to become Linux certified.
As far as I know there are two major options when becoming Linux certified. You could become certified in a particular distribution (RedHat, SuSE) or you could become vendor neutral certified (CompTIA or LPI).
1. How do people feel about vendor neutral vs. vendor specific certifications?
- cost (vendor neutral is about $100-200 per test, while vendor specific is ~ $2000 per track)
- actual benefit in terms of marketability
- benefit of accrued knowledge
I think that vendor specific certifications help make someone more marketable within a niche environment whereas vendor neutral certifications while being more diluted/less demanding allow people greater scope of job opportunities. Is this correct? Even though I get this feeling from researching the topic, I can't help to notice that vendor neutral certifications are not very demanding and cannot see how week long intensive training, as is the case in vendor specific certifications, does not give you much more knowledge than the latter. Besides, linux is practically the same thing within distributions. I mean, if you know a lot about one distribution and are skilled at that, going to another distro is not a big deal at all. In sum, what do you feel regarding vendor neutral vs. vendor specific certification?
Lastly, correct me if I am wrong, but I've been able to gather that there only two tracks within vendor-neutral certifications, CompTIA and LPI. Is this correct? Which one do people feel is the more prestigious? I see that LPI has a more structured track that Involves
LPIC1 (exam 101 and 102) at this point you are a junior admin, whatever that means
LPIC2 (exam 201 and 202) at this point you are an intermediate admin
LPIC3 currently under development
On the other hand, CompTIA does not have any specific track so I think that the following exams could be worthwhile:
What do you think about CompTIA vs. LPI? It seems to me that LPI is a bit new and they have a few things under construction. On the other hand, although I have not been able to look at the LPI sample exams to have a fair comparison, it seems to me that CompTIA exams are not very hard.
Any suggestions/resources about this topic are very much appreciated.