About the Linux Professional Institute

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), founded in 1998, is the leading cross-vendor certification for Linux. The LPI has delivered more than 35,000 certification exams. As the only vendor-neutral certification for Linux, the LPI is based on actual Modified Angoff studies of skills required by real-life Linux professionals, not on the sales agenda of a vendor. LPI certification does not expire with the release of new versions of Linux or of Linux distributions. LPI sponsors include IBM, HP, Novell, SGI, and SuSE.


About our LPI classes

All LPI Classes are approximately 40 hours of class and lab time. Jim makes himself availabled for individual and small group attention before and after each class session and provides reasonable levels of complimentary follow-up support via e-mail or phone.

The contents of each LPI class is based on the testing objectives as published on the LPI web site, but is not limited to just passing the LPI exams. Jim also incorporates latest “best practices” and information about newer software and updates. Because the LPI exams are based on real-world Linux administration tasks, practical knowlege is the best way to pass the exams the first time.

All of our 5-day intensive LPI classes include a unique “bonus day” where students receive individualized review, help and instruction. Whether your objective is to achieve a high score on the exam, to hit the ground running in a new Linux sysadmin position, or to get expert advice on implementing and securing a Linux solution based on the class, we’ll address that on bonus day.

Jim gives you the hands-on knowledge you need to practice the skills you’ll need both for the LPI exams and your IT career. You will carry out real-life troubleshooting exercises and master the skills by doing.


  • Knowlege of basic UNIX-style commands including ls, cd, mv, and cp.
  • Working experience with at least one text editor, such as vi.
  • Basic knowledge of personal computer terminology

Choose a day or evening schedule

The 5 Day Intensive classes are intended for students with Linux experience. We provide the class materials and text in advance and recommend reviewing at least the introductory material prior to the first session. These are intended for students who can or must take time from work to get “up to speed” on Linux. The printed text for these classes covers UNIX basics as well as Linux specifics.

The Evening classes are better suited to people who can’t take time off work, and also are paced better for motivated but less advanced students, since there is more opportunity to read and practice away from class. We recommend installing your own copy of a Linux distribution, or a copy we provide, on a spare PC — then review the skills yourself to gain mastery. Additional, free materials are also readily available for students in these classes.

Topics for each LPI class

   Package Management
   Hardware and Architectural Basics
   Device and Filesystem Basics
   UNIX Commands and Process Management Basics
   GNU Commands, Utilities, Extensions
   Troubleshooting Basics (Start-up sequences)
   Basic Security Tips
   Networking Basics

   Kernel Basics
   Boot, Initialization, Shutdown and Runlevels
   Basic Shells, Scripting, Programming, and Compiling
   Advanced Troubleshooting (strace)
   Customization techniques
   Robustness and Intermediate Security Tips
   Printing and Print Subsystem Troubleshooting
   Intermediate Networking and Services Management and Troubleshooting

   Building and Patching Kernels
   Advanced 3rd Party Kernel Features (Patches)
   Filesystem Tuning and Troubleshooting
   RAID and LVM (Logical Volume Management) Basics
   Monitoring, Log Management, Alerts, and Maintenance Automation
   Intrusion Detection

Overlap and Review

There is some overlap at each level — but only to the degree that students need it. Jim tends to push forward more than review; so more basic classes get useful previews of more advanced topics. Any class may cover MUCH more advanced materials if students have mastered the scheduled topics and would like to go on. Our unique “bonus day” gives you the chance to apply your knowledge to real-world problems with Jim’s guidance.