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Linux Certifications

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:27 am on Saturday, July 12, 2008

I made a tweet yesterday about how once every so often I get obsessed with certifications. Even though I normally get around to studying let alone sitting the test. I was wondering if this is a problem for any one else. Certifications to me are so tempting, but finding the time to actually do it is another thing. If there is an multiple choice exam for a certification given time any one can take the test, so why isn’t every one qualified?

I can’t speak for every one but I know why I don’t hold as many certifications as I would like.

1) Money
Firstly money comes into play. Even if you self study, buy books or from reading free certification guides and objectives online you still have to pay for the exam. This is a big factor when coming to get certified. Even if sponsorship from an employer or other organization is available this can still be a problem.

2) Time
I for one do not like to fail exams, therefore I like to study to make sure I’ll pass. Making the time needed to study for an exam is often a challenge. Things come up which distract me from studying, or scheduling an exam.

3) Return
This is one of the major reasons for obtaining a certification. Whats in it for me? After all why am I going to get a certification if it is no benefit to me. The return on some certifications is not measurable. Its hard to look into the future and say,
“Wow, it was a good job I got Linux+ certified”
When or if the time comes for a job change certification’s are a great tool, even if they are not well respected in the industry. For example take MCSA and LPIC, if a systems administrator holds just one of these certifications and is applying for a position that requires Linux and Microsoft experience, their chances of getting assessed for the position by human resources would be less than the chances of one who has both. I also think that the return is a major reason I don’t hold more certifications. If everyone knew that taking an exam would be of great benefit who wouldn’t study and sit an exam?

Some people say that most certifications are a waste of time, but I don’t think that they are if all of the above factors are reasonable. Any one else have thoughts?

Linux+ Certification

Filed under: General Linux,Shell Script Sundays,The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 4:35 pm on Monday, October 1, 2007

My Shell Script Sundays article was not posted yesterday as I was reviewing for the Linux+ Certification by CompTIA. I have been meaning to take the exam for a while not but just never got around to doing it.

I took the exam today and passed. It was comparable to the other CompTIA exams I have taken except the topic was mostly on Linux instead of networking or hardware. The questions were very reasonable some were a little tricky and had me confused about the correct way to complete a task.

I only had the LPIC certification book to review from but had read the XK0-001 book about 8 months ago. The exam description explains that it was designed to measure the competencies of the Linux Professional with six to twelve months experience with Linux. Some of the other CompTIA exams say that you should have X years of experience in a certain field but is not needed, I believe that the experience for this exam is needed, maybe not half a years worth but at least a month of using nothing but Linux full time.

I would recommend to anyone interested in collecting certifications to take this exam. Even if Linux isn’t your main concentration it will still be a valuable asset in your certification portfolio. Now I’ve passed I have to find another certification to study for and beat around the bush to take the exam. I’m wondering if I should take another Linux certification (such as Redhat, LPIC or Novell’s) or go another route like Server+ or Security+. Either way it gives me something to do and keeps my brain active.

My apologies for not getting the Shell Script Sundays article out but I have a good one lined up for next week so check back!