ForLinux certify more Linux experts

July 2009 saw the successful launch of ForLinux's first LPI Level II certification course since the release of the new objectives. At the end of the 7 training days, the external delegates had successfully achieved 100% pass rate.
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Aug. 25, 2009 - PRLog -- The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) introduced new objectives across their certification programme in April this year, and ForLinux is the first Accredited Training Partner in the UK to have run the Level II course since.  The course was attended by Ogonna Iwunze, Adrian Jones and John Simmonds all of whom use Linux in a professional capacity as part of their respective IT jobs in both the public and private sector.  

Introduction of new objectives.
The introduction of the new objectives was well received by the delegates, who commented that the course and the objectives had been very relevant to their everyday use of Linux.

“I found what I've learnt very practical and relevant to my line of work. Taking part in this course has helped me fill up some of the gaps in my Sys Admin knowledge” Ogonna Iwunze

“I can honestly say each objective that was covered has widened my imagination and ability in regards to what my everyday Linux will now involve.” John Simmonds

ForLinux training style.
The LPIC II course was run by ForLinux trainer, Andy Goldschmidt, with a total of seven days classroom-based training, which were delivered over a three week period.  Andy said “We have built the course around the new objectives, ensuring that we use the right mix of lecturing and practical application, in order to accommodate the various learning styles of our delegates”.

John Simmonds commented “The material was presented in a suitable format, appropriate lab exercises were provided, timetable was both flexible and organised. The tutor had the time and patience to guide you to the answer you were seeking.”

The course was delivered from ForLinux's custom-built training suite, where the exams were also completed, as the training centre is also a Pearson View Accredited testing station. The facility has been designed to provide delegates with a comfortable and productive learning environment.
“..a clean, modern air con environment with fast and up to date computing facilities all set up in a quiet environment that accelerates potential learning.” John Simmonds

Benefits of training.
There can be no doubt that the current economic climate has impacted on training figures  across the UK.  However, as Linux jobs continue to rise across the UK, people are keen to validate their skills in order to  gain a competitive edge over the increasing competition.

There was a definite feeling among the ForLinux delegates that this course was an investment for the future. John Simmonds said “Ultimately, it (the training course) will provide unquestionable proof to my present manager and future managers that I'm a wise investment”.  
Ogonna Lwunze also felt this course would benefit his career options, adding “It certainly enhances my prospects for future employment”

The LPI programme provides a clear, structured progression path allowing the independent verification of Linux skills.  Due to the vendor-neutral nature  of the LPI programme, delegates have the opportunity to verify their Linux skills across a wide foundation without limiting themselves to a single distribution in a time when flexible and transferable skills are more important than ever.  More information on ForLinux and details of future courses can be found at
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