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Ubuntu Certified Engineer

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What is this?

The Ubuntu engineer certification is a programme (currently in development) aimed at certifying professionals competent at administering an Ubuntu system. In a similar vein to the RHCE and MCSE, the Ubuntu certification will ascertain that individuals holding them possess a minimum level of skill required to perform key tasks.

Why are we doing it?

Some reasons (amongst others) are:

How are we doing it?

To avoid reinventing the wheel, we are building on existing achievements in Linux certification by basing the Ubuntu certification on the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) level 1 certification. The exam associated with the Ubuntu certification will include the two standard LPI level 1 tests and a third Ubuntu-specific test in addition to that. (This means that existing LPI certification holders can upgrade to an Ubuntu certification by successfully completing the third test, while a participant completely new to the process will need to pass all three tests.)

We would like to involve the community as far as possible in the creation of the Ubuntu engineer certification. We believe this is the only way to create a certification that is unbiased and reflects the real needs of the people it is intended to serve.

So what now?

The first step in creating the certification is creating the vision. This is where we define what sorts of tasks a certified Ubuntu engineer may be expected to do. These tasks can be based on

  1. What existing Ubuntu engineers / system administrators do
  2. What potential or current employers expect their engineers to be able to do
  3. What we foresee Ubuntu engineers doing in the near future when Ubuntu is thriving in the business place

NB: The purpose of this exercise is to create a list of Ubuntu-specific tasks. In other words, tasks that are generic to all Linux systems should not be included in this list. To help you, the list of objectives of the LPI level 1 certification has been included here. Please see http://www.lpi.org/ for more information on the LPI and the objectives of the LPI certification.

How does this work?

Thanks in advance to all our participants. Be creative and have fun!

The Task Lists

Click on the links below to view or edit the task lists.

The Objectives

The objectives have now been conceptually finalised, and the details are being drafted here