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Introducing the Linux Foundation Certified Cloud Technician (LFCT)

November 28, 2022Announcements, Certification


This week The Linux Foundation adds a new offering to our professional certifications catalog: Linux Foundation Certified Cloud Technician (LFCT). By obtaining this certification you can demonstrate your knowledge in using the command line to configure, manage, and troubleshoot Linux systems and containers in a platform-and distribution-agnostic way.

This exam is designed to test the practical knowledge of Linux power users, software developers, or existing certified candidates (CKA, etc.) who wish to demonstrate their ability to work efficiently in a Linux environment and be more successful at their job. Other candidates for LFCT include cloud administrators or LFCA-certified candidates who don’t wish to invest fully in becoming a Linux System Administrator (LFCS).

Specific domains covered by the exam include:

  • Essential Commands (20%)
  • System Configuration (15%)
  • Troubleshooting (20%)
  • Virtualization and Containers (20%)
  • GitOps Basics (25%)

After purchasing your exam, you’ll have up to 12 months to schedule and take the exam. During this time you’ll get one retake, in case you don’t pass the first time. Once passed, the certification remains valid for three years and you’ll have a verifiable digital badge to add to your online profiles.

The LFCT is just one of the gold-standard certifications offered by Linux Foundation Training & Certification. It was created to assist cloud administrators demonstrate their competency working with cloud-based systems, and to help hiring managers find the quality open source, cloud-native talent they need. 

According to a September 2022 report from Emergen Research, the global cloud native platforms market size was USD 3,787.9 Million in 2021 and is forecasted to register a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23.5% in coming years. This means the tech sector is expecting even greater demand for cloud native workers in an already competitive job market. 

The LFCT was developed by a globally diverse group of Linux subject matter experts in conjunction with the Linux Foundation’s Training & Certification team. These industry professionals and thought-leaders are among the most reliable sources of information about cloud computing and its rapidly evolving marketplace. Certification exams are practical and rigorous, meaning they are immediately recognized as a gold standard for hiring managers.

Find out more about the LFCT exam on our website, and learn how it fits into your IT Career Roadmap.


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