LPI puts out a call for contributors

Posted by dave on Mar 13, 2004 10:14 AM EDT
Kara Pritchard
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[ Editor's note: LPI is a successful Linux certification organization because their roots are deep in this community. They were founded by members of the community, and their exams have always been developed in the open. This afternoon they put out a request for assistance in developing some upcoming exams. This is your chance take a part in creating the LPI certifications. ]

Kara Pritchard writes:

Greetings everyone!

I would like to invite you to participate in LPI's current exam development programs. We currently have 4 active projects that I'd like you to participate in. You can access the Exam Development tool at:


1. Level 1 - Item Collection

We are working to build our existing item pool, and introduce new exam items to build a more broad resource for use with the exam labs we're hosting around the world. To participate in this program, login to the Exam Development site and visit:


There currently isn't a volunteer project manager for this program. If interested, please email me.

2. Level 2 - Update Program

Level 2 was originally published in July 2001, and hasn't had a significant update since. The first step to updating a program is to evaluate what tasks are significant today to a Level 2 administrator. We have to collect a minimum of 300 tasks for this project before we can move on to the next phase of the update. To participate in this program, please login to the Exam Development site and visit:


The volunteer project manager for this project is Monika Orski (monika@orski.com). Monika has been a long-time LPI volunteer and SME, and I'm very excited to have her help us by leading this project. If you are interesting in volunteering for this specific project, please contact Monika. We currently have an editor for this project as well, Vagner Farias.

3. Level 3 - Samba Administrator

One of the first Level 3 programs to find active participants has been on the subject of Samba. This is truly an exciting topic, as it is relevant on multiple operating systems. The first step for any new program is to launch a Job Task Analysis to ensure the market is strong enough, and the topics are relevant to support an exam on the subject. The first step will be to collect 300-500 tasks for the survey. To participate on this exam project, please login and visit:


The volunteer project manager for this program is John H. Terpstra, an exemplary member of the Linux community and one of the leaders of the Samba project. John has been a friend to LPI since we founded in 1998. He is not only excited, but adamant to get a Samba program going, so expect a lot of moving and shaking if you participate on this project! If you'd like to volunteer additional assistance to John, please contact him at jht@samba.org.

4. Level 3 - Security

Security has been a hot topic to LPI since nearly the beginning. We've addressed it at a low level with both of our current programs, but we agree with the community that Security deserves a high-level heading of its own. Therefore, Security was decided to be our first Level 3 program to launch. The requirements for this program are the same as L3-Samba. We must first launch our Job Task Analysis. Please submit your tasks for Security here:


We've had a number of volunteers for this program, which is fantastic. The current project lead for this program is Mark Lachniet (mark@lachniet.com). If you wish to offer additional assistance to this program, please contact him. Tim Writer has volunteered and will be the lead editor.


We have a number of exciting new programs that have been floating around the halls of LPI, Inc. Two of them specifically will be launched very soon. One will focus on very basic Linux Core skills below our current skills required for Level 1. The second is planned to focus on Linux Desktop programs. If these specific topics are of interest to you, I hope you'll join the LPI Exam Development mailing lists and discuss them with us.

Kara Pritchard                          Phone: 618-398-7360
Director of Exam Development            http://www.lpi.org/
President, K&S Pritchard Inc.		kara@kspei.com

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