Linux-based Equivalent to MCITP

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I tried to study the MCITP but I found that it's built upon Windows Server 2008 which is not affordable for all companies.

This makes the chances of MCITP's to get a career a bit limited because of the high cost of the technologies they are certified in.

How can I get the same skills and achieve all the tasks an MCITP can achieve and get certified but in a free solution like Linux?

Are there Linux certifications?
Does a Linux-certified IT Professional have the same skills and level of proficiency of an MCITP?
Question by:ehabmosilhy
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    Go for RHCSA or RH299
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    by:Ernie Beek
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    First of all MCITP is a training program and certification exam designed for people who wants to learn about Microsoft Technologies. This is being said it is not a catch-all replacement for the experience. So if you go to to a company you may come across with so many individuals with lots of experience and they might be even better than certified professionals. But you should admit that one could start somewhere to learn about computers and these program has a focus on all they need so it is good for both the people to start to train themselves and people who works with Microsoft technologies and want to hire the right person to maintain them.

    Son in particular it is not always correct that Certified Personals are always better than people who has actual work experience.

    This applies to every OS such as Linux, AIX, Solaris, Microsoft you name it. There are similar programs for Linux. The most notable and wide spread is Red Hat Certification. Red Hat is a widely used Enterprise Linux distribution. The certification is widely accepted among Linux certifications.

    When you have the material and enrolled for the exam you'll learn basically the same thing: Setting-up, maintaining and troubleshooting  the OS in question in short System Administrator skills which you need to support with real work experience once you've got your certification.

    You are lucky you can try both Microsoft and Linux technologies even at home. Ho much time and effort you put on them once you've certified is what determines whether you're a competent System Administrator at a later time.  

    So you should consider the Certification part as a beginning. I was working for my CISSP certification once and read a book about it. The author had told the material to study to be "a mile wide and and inch deep". I liked the definition and it still applies most certifications. You'll get a broad knowledge on lots of topics and you'll master them in time and by the help of your personal efforts.

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    There is LPI--Linux Professional Institute.  They have multi level certifications.

    The best certification program is offered by Red Hat.  If you study Red Hat, you would know Red Hat, CentOS (free version of Red Hat), Scientific Linux (Another free Red Hat), Fedora (Free testing release that is incorporated into Red Hat.

    Red Hat certification programs are really good.  Here are the certification programs.

    Then expert level certificates

    Then ultimate certification


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