Brainbench and Linux Certification Roundup
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Linux certification recap
In this series of articles, I've discussed Linux certification programs from LPI, Sair, Red Hat Software, and Brainbench. The LPI and Sair programs offer traditional PC-based testing and multiple certificates distributed worldwide. Red Hat Software uses a hands-on approach, which may be seen by some employers as clearer proof of true capability. Brainbench offers exams for free, providing results to their clients for recruitment.
Though each has established a credible following, it's too early to see a clear leader in the overall Linux certification market. Employers will ultimately establish the market value of these progams as they seek qualified Linux administrators. Right now, it's up to us to decide which one will best meet our career goals.
This table includes a brief summary of the Linux certification offerings I've covered in this series, which may help you if you're considering one of these options to enhance your Linux career.
|Certificate||RHCE||LPIC||Sair Linux & GNU||Brainbench|
|Offered by:||Red Hat Software||Linux Professional Institute||Sair/Wave Technologies||Brainbench|
|Delivered by:||Red Hat and qualified testing centers||VUE||Sylvan||Web|
|Test Method:||Hands-on, lab-based, debugging, written||PC-based, static||PC-based, static||Browser, adaptive|
|Levels:||RHCE||LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3||LCA, LCE, MLCE||None|
|Cost:||$749||$100 per exam
$200 total per level
|$100 per exam
$400 total per level
Jeff Dean is an engineering and IT professional currently writing a Linux certification handbook for O'Reilly Media, Inc..
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