|| ||Scott Lamberton <scottl-AT-lpi.org>|
|| ||[LPI] LPI Receives "Endorsement" of Standards Organization|
|| ||Tue, 09 Aug 2005 01:48:47 -0400|
Linux Professional Institute Certification Program Receives
"Endorsement" of Standards Organization
(San Francisco (USA) - August 9, 2005): The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced that its LPIC-1 Program is the first IT
certification program to be professional accredited by National
Commission For Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
"We believe this to be a first in IT Certification--the independent
endorsement and accreditation of a IT testing program by a recognized
standards agency. Understandably, we are very proud of this
achievement," said Jim Lacey, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Linux Professional Institute.
The NCCA is the accreditation body of The National Organization for
Competency Assurance (NOCA). NOCA, based in the United States, is a
recognized leader in setting quality standards for credentialing
programs. It sets quality standards for numerous certification programs
in the fields of health, education, government services, recreation,
engineering, environment, and private industry.
"We welcome LPI to our growing family of organizations with accredited
certification programs--and the first organization in the field of
information technology to have met our strict criteria for quality
assurance, professional test development, and organizational integrity,
"said Wade Delk, Executive Director of the National Organization for
In order for a program to meet the requirements of NCCA accreditation it
must demonstrate compliance with rigorous criteria in professional test
development and a thorough and demonstrated commitment to such
scientific processes as psychometrics--a statistical method employed to
measure overall exam quality.
The NCCA accreditation is solely for a test program, however,
organization's submitting an application for accreditation must also
meet strict guidelines that ensure both exam takers and the public
interest are being met within the organization itself.
"It should come as no surprise to anyone in the IT community that it
would be an organization committed to the promotion of free and open
source software that would so readily meet the NCCA requirements for
acting in the public interest," said Dan York, a co-founder of the Linux
Mr. York pointed out that Board member, Jared Buckley, of Texas, USA
specifically serves on the Board of Directors as someone who is not
related to the field of IT education or certification and who is
designated as the "public" member of the Board of Directors of LPI. In
addition, LPI as per NCCA requirements must have someone from the
candidate community on the Board--this is undertaken by Torsten Scheck
of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany who has a LPIC-1 designation.
"Our exam development and certification staff work very hard to ensure
we incorporate the highest professional and quality standards in our
test development process. We trust that this remarkable achievement will
cause employers and enterprise-level organizations to consider our merit
and professionalism when making certification choices for their
organizations," said Jim Lacey.
LPI started in 1999 as a grassroots organization aimed at removing
obstacles to Open Source adoption and increasing the skill level of the
Linux and Open source community. LPIC-1, its most popular certification
program, tests candidates at a junior level of Linux systems
LPI has since delivered exams in almost every country and has gained the
support of vendors, trainers, employers and governments. In addition,
LPI supports affiliate networks on five continents, worldwide, including
Brazil, Bulgaria, Jamaica, United States, Japan, Canada, Germany,
Australia, China, France, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
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Linux Professional Institute:
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional
certification for the Linux operating system, independent of software
vendors or training providers. Established as an international
non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops
accessible, internationally-recognized certification programs which have
earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. 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 multi-level program of exams is administered globally through
Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers. LPI's major financial
sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM (NYSE:IBM), Bradford Learning, Linux
Journal, Linux Magazine, Maxspeed, Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), SGI
(NYSE:SGI), and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, Hewlett-Packard
(NYSE:HWP), IDG and Wave Technologies.
The National Organization for Competency Assurance:
The National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), a membership
organization for certifying bodies, provides resources to enhance and
expand its members' credentials and educates consumers, employers and
government agencies on the importance of certification for all fields.
NOCA's mission is to promote excellence in competency assurance for
practitioners in all occupations and professions. For more information
please see http://www.noca.org.
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies:
The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is the
accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance
(NOCA). Since 1977, the NCCA has been accrediting certifying programs
based on the highest quality standards in professional certification to
ensure the programs adhere to modern standards of practice in the
certification industry. To view the standards visit
http://www.noca.org/ncca/ncca.htm. NCCA accredited programs certify
individuals in a wide range of professions and occupations including
nurses, automotive professionals, respiratory therapists, counselors,
emergency technicians, crane operators and more. Of NOCA's well over 350
members, 62 have accredited programs.
Director of Community Relations, Linux Professional Institute
Executive Director, National Organization for Competency Assurance
(202) 367-2165 (fax)
Director of Community Relations
Linux Professional Institute
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