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Linux Essentials "beta" exams: Call for Volunteers

(Kassel, Germany) The Linux Professional Institute - Central Europe (LPI-CE:, issued a call for volunteers to participate in the first "beta" exams for the Linux Professionals Institute's (LPI: "Linux Essentials" program during LinuxTag, May 23-26 in Berlin, Germany (

“Linux Essentials” is an innovative new program measuring foundational knowledge in Linux and Open Source Software and will be publicly released in June 2012.  "Beta" exams are offered free to volunteers who wish to assist LPI in its exam development process for the "Linux Essentials" program.

During LinuxTag there will be eight different sessions for volunteers to take "beta" exams which are offered free of charge.  This volunteer effort will enable LPI to measure the "Linux Essentials" exam for quality, accuracy and relevancy.  All interested individuals who do not hold an existing Linux certification are invited to participate--however seating is limited to ten per session.

Successful candidates who pass the exam will be awarded a "Linux Essentials Certificate of Achievement".  Alternatively candidates may choose to have their exam results deleted from their registration record. Final exam scores for the volunteer "beta" exams will be available in late June 2012.

Volunteer participants in the "beta" exams during LinuxTag will also be eligible for special prizes (TBA).

Each "beta" session is for two hours and consists of eighty questions.

To participate exam volunteers must obtain an LPI ID at and register in advance for the Linux Essentials "beta" exam at .

"Beta" exams will be available at the LPI exam room "Regensburg" at hall 4.1 during LinuxTag at the following times: Thursday, May 24th, Friday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 26th at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

Exam preparation sessions for the Linux Essentials "beta" exam will be offered on the first day of LinuxTag, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at the Berlin Fair Grounds (LPI exam room "Regensburg", Hall 4.1).

Participation is voluntary but seating is limited.  Please register in advance by sending an email with the title "Exam preparation session for the Linux Essentials Beta" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your name and LPI ID.

LPI invites all interested trainers to submit a proposal for this Linux Essentials exam preparation session.  Proposals should include a detailed description for a three hour exam preparation session and may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until May 3, 2012.

Targeted at new technology users, the “Linux Essentials” program is set to be adopted by schools, educational authorities, training centers and others commencing June 2012.  For more information on this program please see:

The Linux Professional Institute will be offering further "beta" exams for "Linux Essentials" at other upcoming special events (TBA).  If your organization, training center or school is interested in hosting such a "beta" exam event please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to May 12, 2012.

During LinuxTag Berlin LPI-Central Europe will also host an information booth: Stand # 133, Hall 7.2a.  In addition, Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) exams will be made available during the same time slots as the "beta" exams.  LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 (101, 102, 201, 202) exams will be available in English and German, while LPIC-3 exams (301, 302, 303 and 304) will be available in English only.  All exams are offered at the promotional price of 80 EUR per exam, except for LPI-301 which will be 100 EUR. The exam fee must be paid in cash directly before the exam labs. At the exam events candidates must produce photo ID and their LPI ID number.  As there is only a limited number of seats available at the exam labs, please register in advance at:

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 300,000 exams and 100,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.