Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is set to provide its own fully-independent certification for junior-level system administrators to help them with Ubuntu deployments in their office environments. The course will be conducted through e-learning and will be available shortly after the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support) release on 29 April 2010 with students able to study in the classroom from June 2010 and the new exam available from October 2010.
Previously, The Ubuntu Certified Professional course was attached to the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC-1 programme, where students were required to complete LPI plus Canonical exams in order to become certified. During the four years of its existence, the certification has become popular and there was consistent demand for an 'Ubuntu-only' certification with examination specific to the distribution. Hence, the decision by Canonical to certify the course itself.
"We are really excited to support the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release with a fresh course and certification programme," said Billy Cina, Director of Training at Canonical. "Having delivered hundreds of courses over the last four years, we listened to the requests from training partners and students for more Ubuntu-specific content. We have responded and are confident that the change will benefit students globally. This will also enable us to move from a multiple-choice- to a 'Live labs'-type exam which is entirely web-based, testing students' ability and Ubuntu skills far more effectively."
According to the Statement, global pricing is yet to be finalized but it is expected that the RRP will be $300 - $350. Students interested in certifying before the new exam is launched are encouraged to follow the current curriculum and exam objectives.