|| ||Scott Lamberton <scottl-AT-lpi.org>|
|| ||lpi-discuss-AT-lpi.org, lpi-alumni-AT-lpi.org, lpi-announce-AT-lpi.org|
|| ||[LPI] LPI Announces Two New Affiliates in France and UK|
|| ||Wed, 08 Dec 2004 15:53:43 -0500|
LPI Announces Two New Affiliates in France and UK
(Toronto, Canada: December 7, 2004) The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the premier Linux certification organization worldwide
(http://www.lpi.org/), announced today the signing of two new
affiliates: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and OpenForum
AUF with over 500 French-speaking universities and research institutions
in its network around the world, has formed LPI-Francophonie. This
newest affiliation offers the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) a
significant partnership in reaching French-speaking IT professionals.
French language LPI certification exams will now be promoted by
LPI-Francophonie in countries where AUF partner universities have
established Centres for Linux, Open and Free Software Development
(C3LD). With these Centres, LPI-Francophonie will ensure the growing
adoption of the LPI certification exams for the French-speaking Linux
Didier Oillo, General Manager for ICT Programs at AUF, explained: "With
LPI-Francophonie affiliation, AUF will endeavour to answer the needs of
French-speaking universities for qualified personnel in Linux, and C3LDs
will now offer high-quality Linux Certification opportunities to
french-speaking university staff and to professionals, globally, through
our affiliation with LPI, as LPI-Francophonie, and our world-wide
network of resources."
The first international LPI-Francophonie certification session will take
place in Dakar-Senegal, at the Regional Bureau of AUF For Africa, from
December 6-10, 2004, and will bring together C3LD leaders and partners
from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Morocco, Mali and Senegal.
In the United Kingdom, OpenForum Europe (OFE) is the Linux Professional
Institute's (LPI) new affiliate. As LPI-UK, they will promote LPI
testing and certification programs within the United Kingdom and the
Republic of Ireland.
Evan Leibovitch, President of LPI, said: "OpenForum Europe is passionate
about developing the use of Open Source in the UK. They recognize that
the promotion of a high quality skills standard such as LPI
certification is essential to that goal."
Graham Taylor, Director of OpenForum Europe expressed his determination
to uphold the policies and principles of LPI: "In some quarters there is
the perception that there is a shortage of skills in OSS and Linux which
is hindering the adoption of OSS: this is the first of a programme of
announcements related to professional skills development from OFE which
will ensure this perception remains short-lived."
Open Forum Europe, as LPI-UK, recently announced that its first LPI
Approved Training Partner (LATP) is the ITS Group, with training centres
located in Bristol and Edinburgh. LPI-UK will be working closely with
LPI and the ITS Group in the delivery of this programme. Together they
hope the LPI exams will bring a much-needed cohesive accreditation
framework for professionals and employers in the UK Linux community.
LPI's LATP program is designed to recognize schools and training centers
which have met LPI criteria. The LATP program is open to all qualified
participants: those using LPI approved training materials (LATM),
delivered by qualified instructors and upholding a common Code of
Ethics. For more information on the ITS Group see:
LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages
with the support of employers, vendors and trainers. It has delivered
over 60,000 Level One and Level Two certification exams globally since
the program's inception.
LPI supports affiliate networks on six continents worldwide including
Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Germany, Jamaica, Japan,
United States, France, the UK and South Africa.
For more information please visit www.lpi.org, www.auf.org or
About Linux Professional Institute:
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is the global standard in Linux
certification. LPI develops professional certification for the Linux
operating system that is trusted, accessible and independent.
Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the
Linux community, LPI's internationally-recognized certification programs
has earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. LPI's
multi-level program of exams are available in seven languages, and are
administered globally through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers.
LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers and professionals
throughout the world in many different capacities, and the group
encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its
website at www.lpi.org. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum
Sponsors IBM (NYSE:IBM), Maxspeed, SGI (NYSE:SGI), SuSE Linux AG and
TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL),
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP), Wave Technologies and Linux Magazine.
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