CompTIA recently surveyed its members who have earned certifications across many areas (not Linux specifically, but other tech disciplines) regarding what type of Linux certification is more desirable: a vendor-specific cert, or a vendor-neutral cert?
About 40% selected vendor-neutral Linux cert as the best choice, with some 50% selecting vendor-specific Linux cert as a better option. Most telling, however, is the fact that 85% chose both earning both a vendor-specific and a vendor-neutral Linux cert as the most desirable choice.
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CompTIAs own certification, called Linux+, is vendor-neutral. It makes sense for people to learn about Linux on a vendor neutral training and certification program first, before they make the platform decision, says Carol Balkcom, CompTIAs product manager
CompTIA promotes Linux+ as a foundational certification, the kind of cert a techie earns when theyre first getting their feet wet.
Linux+ is for people with six to twelve months experience in Linux, she says. Indeed, the Linux+ cert is positioned beneath LPIs Level 1 exam, she says. While the Linux+ cert is for newbies, it does presume some basic expertise with computers.
By the time they get to Red Hat, they should have had some experience with Linux already, and made the determination that they need to get that platform-specific certification.
The cost for the Linux+ exam is $225, though CompTIA members get a discount. The training manual, to prepare for the 98-question multiple-choice test, retails for $65. The total number of people who have earned Linux+ certification is approaching 10,000.
In terms of helping an applicant find a job, the Linux+ cert opens doors for help desk and tech support positions, Balkcom says. Any employer who needs help with Linux boxes, I think if they were evaluating resumes, then having the Linux+ on there would make a difference.
Take a look at these leading Linux certification programs: