Sacramento, CA, USA: May 2, 2013) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced a partnership program with oDesk®
(http://www.oDesk.com), the world's largest online workplace, to promote
workforce development initiatives for Linux and Open Source
professionals. This partnership will connect Open Source talent through
oDesk's job marketplace platform and enable LPIC candidates to display
their official LPIC badges on their oDesk® profiles.
"LPI's fundamental mandate is to promote the careers of Linux and Open
Source professionals. This initiative with oDesk is ideal in this regard
as it demonstrates how wider industry players recognize the value of IT
certification in recruiting highly-skilled personnel. We know that the
jobs are out there and with partners such as oDesk we can assure
potential employers of the quality of the workforce they require for
their mission-critical technology needs," said Jim Lacey, president and
CEO of LPI. Mr. Lacey added that when oDesk initially approached LPI
their online service had thousands of contract opportunities for IT
professionals skilled in Linux and Open Source technologies and that
these opportunities have steadily grown in just a few short months.
oDesk's initiative with LPI allows for free registration of LPI alumni
in various groups corresponding to specific certification levels —
LPIC-1, LPIC-2, and LPIC-3. This enables businesses to hire IT
professionals by level of LPI certification. LPI alumni who register
and work on oDesk® will also benefit from a payment guarantee on hourly jobs.
“Our partnership with LPI helps certified professionals distinguish
themselves on oDesk and gain access to more jobs, while helping
businesses make better hiring decisions by connecting them with vetted,
high-quality Linux talent,” said Matt Gniadek, oDesk’s Head of Business
Development. “We’re excited to grow our partnership with LPI and bring
the Open Source projects currently available on oDesk to the LPI community.”
For more information on LPI's initiative with oDesk® see:
For more information on oDesk's service see the following:
- "Hiring" Organizations: https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/client/
- Contractors/Freelancers: https://www.odesk.com/info/howitworks/contractor/
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 5,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 350,000+ exams and
120,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.
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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
oDesk® (www.oDesk.com) is the world’s largest online workplace, enabling
businesses and freelancers to work together on demand via the Internet.
By using technology to remove the barriers of traditional hiring,
oDesk’s platform aligns businesses’ talent needs with freelancers’
desire to work when and where they want, on projects of their choosing.
More than 35M hours were worked on oDesk in 2012. oDesk® is a
registered trademark of oDesk Corporation.