My Road to LPIC-1 Certification

November 14, 2011

I've been a Linux user for many years, but for various reasons I never bothered to get a certification even though it's a fantastic validation of Linux skills. When I moved up in the world by joining SoftLayer, my attitude quickly changed.

As a new Systems Administrator at SoftLayer, one of the first challenges I was presented with was to try for my LPIC-1 certification. True to SoftLayer's motto of "Challenging, but not Overwhelming," I was given 3 months, a practice environment and reimbursement for my fees if I passed the tests. With an offer like that, it was impossible to refuse.

The LPIC-1 tests are not easy, and it took a lot of work to pass them, but if you're interested all you need to succeed is a solid background in Linux and the time to dedicate to preparation. Here are some of the things I learned along the way:

  1. Don't attempt the LPIC-1 exam unless you have at least a couple of years' worth of hands-on Linux experience. Seriously, it's not for newbies.
  2. Acquire at least two test-prep books, and read one of them every day. I used O'Reilly's LPIC-1 Certification in a Nutshell and LPIC-1 In Depth by Michael Jang. Both are easy to read, have good explanations of concepts you need to understand, and provide valuable tips in addition to practice exams.
  3. Set up a practice environment. It's essential for reviewing commands you may not be familiar with.
  4. When you think you are ready for the first exam, take a few free practice tests online. There are a number of them available.
  5. I didn't buy any test-prep software, but I did download a couple of trial versions as they offered some free practice questions.
  6. Take all of the practice exams available to you several times each. You'll get more comfortable with the format of the test questions and will also learn which areas you need to revisit before the actual test.

After earning the LPIC-1 certification I received a nice surprise in my mailbox along with my certificate. Apparently Novell and the Linux Professional Institute have a partnership: By earning the LPIC-1 I had also satisfied the requirements for Novell's Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) certification, so now I can enjoy the benefits of having two IT certifications for the price of one and I have SoftLayer to thank for it!

-Todd

Comments

November 14th, 2011 at 12:02pm

Good Job Todd !!

Your most favorite co-worker

Gg

November 14th, 2011 at 1:01pm

When are we going to get to see the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 blogs? Get on it!

November 15th, 2011 at 2:04am

I am curious about what it ended up costing? Don't see prices on the site. Congrats tho!

November 15th, 2011 at 3:47am

It is true that the LPIC-1 tests are not easy, and it took a lot of work to pass them,

December 6th, 2011 at 12:07am

Remember nowdays there are several elearning online services to better study and learn for LPIC-1 Certification.

June 21st, 2012 at 5:43am

I'm studying for the test now, actually the Comptia LXO-101 is now the same as the LPIC-1, and when you pass either set of tests you get all three certifications. $320. so you pass the lxo-101 lxo-102, and you receive the LPIC-1 the Comptia Linux+, and the Novell CLA. Let me know if you guys are hiring, hit me back James. A+ Net+ Sec+

March 10th, 2014 at 4:43pm

I have a experience in Linux and shell scripting from a University Course should I try out the LPIC-1 or should I get more experience.

In addition, Can I do it before securing my Network+ certification?

Cheers - PS: If you can let us know when you are hiring for the toronto data center please let us know.

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November 14th, 2011 at 12:02pm

Good Job Todd !!

Your most favorite co-worker

Gg

November 14th, 2011 at 1:01pm

When are we going to get to see the LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 blogs? Get on it!

November 15th, 2011 at 2:04am

I am curious about what it ended up costing? Don't see prices on the site. Congrats tho!

November 15th, 2011 at 3:47am

It is true that the LPIC-1 tests are not easy, and it took a lot of work to pass them,

December 6th, 2011 at 12:07am

Remember nowdays there are several elearning online services to better study and learn for LPIC-1 Certification.

June 21st, 2012 at 5:43am

I'm studying for the test now, actually the Comptia LXO-101 is now the same as the LPIC-1, and when you pass either set of tests you get all three certifications. $320. so you pass the lxo-101 lxo-102, and you receive the LPIC-1 the Comptia Linux+, and the Novell CLA. Let me know if you guys are hiring, hit me back James. A+ Net+ Sec+

March 10th, 2014 at 4:43pm

I have a experience in Linux and shell scripting from a University Course should I try out the LPIC-1 or should I get more experience.

In addition, Can I do it before securing my Network+ certification?

Cheers - PS: If you can let us know when you are hiring for the toronto data center please let us know.

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