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Linux Foundation Partners With LPI-Japan to Make Linux Certifications More Accessible

December 2, 2020Announcements

Partnership will create a new stacked certifications leveraging LPI-Japan’s LinuC 1 and LinuC 2 with The Linux Foundation’s CKA and CKAD

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, December 2, 2020The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, and LPI-Japan, the premier organization in Japan for certification activities in the professional use of Linux, open source software, and HTML5, announce the two organizations have partnered to offer Linux and Kubernetes certifications in the Japanese marketplace.

LPI-Japan will now have the right to sell the following Linux Foundation certifications:

  • Certified Kubernetes Administration (CKA)
  • Certified Kubernetes Application Developer (CKAD)
  • Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE)
  • Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) 

LPI-Japan is also adding higher recognition certificates to those who pass the LinuC 1, LinuC 2 and either the CKA or CKAD exams, providing a comprehensive certification that employers can use to independently verify an applicant’s skills. Those completing LPI-Japan’s LinuC 1, LinuC 2 and OPCEL in addition to CKA will receive the new Cloud Native Platform Engineer certification. Those completing LinuC 1 and LinuC 2 along with LPI-Japan’s HTML5 certification and CKAD will receive the new Cloud Native Application Engineer certification.

“We are excited to partner with LPI-Japan, an established organization with many years of experience bringing quality open source certifications to the Japanese market,” said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “We hope this partnership will help grow the open source community in Japan even further.”

The 2020 Open Source Jobs Report from The Linux Foundation and edX found 74% of employers are now willing to pay for employees’ certification exams as demand for certified talent continues to increase. This partnership will make certifications more accessible in the Japanese market, helping to meet the demand for certified talent.

“We are very pleased to partner with The Linux Foundation, which has an unparalleled track record of contribution to the open source community, including Linux, to contribute to the development of engineers in Japan through these certification exams,” said LPI-Japan Chairperson Atsuo Suzuki. “We hope that this partnership will help improve the skills of IT engineers and help more engineers to play an important role in society.”

Organizations in Japan wishing to purchase certifications may do so immediately by contacting LPI-Japan. All Japanese Linux Foundation certifications remain available for individual purchase.

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