Exam Fee: $300
Exam may be scheduled anytime within 12 months of purchase
Why Choose Linux Foundation Certifications
There are many reasons to choose Linux Foundation Certifications. Here are just a few:
- The Linux Foundation is the non-profit organization that hosts the Linux project, employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds and hosts kernel.org (where all Linux kernel updates are released). When you get our certifications, you’re getting certified from the source.
- Because we’re so close to the Linux community, we are able to update our certifications regularly using feedback from the community to make sure our exams are using the most up-to-date information.
- The Linux Foundation has the only performance-based certifications on the market today that are available in all the major Linux distributions: CentOS, Ubuntu and SUSE.
- We don't sell any software or support services so we’re completely distribution-neutral. Our only goal is to help you advance your Linux career.
Candidates must pass the required Exam to earn Certification. Review the following sections under Exam Details for more information.
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Candidates must ensure they meet the System, ID, and Other Requirements for Taking the Exam.
The following choices of Linux distributions are offered for the Exam. Candidates will be prompted to select from one of these choices when registering for the Exam.
- CentOS 7
- openSUSE 42
- Ubuntu 16
System, ID, and Other Requirements
Candidates are required to provide their own front-end hardware (laptop or workstation) with Chrome or Chromium browser, reliable internet access, and a webcam and microphone in order to take exams. Candidates do not need to provide their own Linux installation or VM; they will be presented with a VM in their browser window using a terminal emulator. Candidates should use the compatibility check tool to verify that their system and testing environment meet the minimum requirements.
ID Requirements for Candidate Identification and Authentication:
Candidates are required to provide a means of photo identification before the Exam can be launched. Acceptable forms of photo ID include current, non-expired: passport, government-issued driver's license/permit, national ID card, state or province-issued ID card, or other form of government issued identification. If acceptable proof of identification is not provided to the exam proctor prior to the exam, entry to the exam will be refused. Candidates who are refused entry due to lack of sufficient ID will not be eligible for a refund or rescheduling.
Candidates should also be sure to review Policy and Terms for Certification and Exams.
Overview of Domains and Competencies
The Linux Foundation worked with industry experts and the Linux kernel community to identify the core domains and the critical skills, knowledge and abilities ("competencies") applicable to each certification. Performance-based exams were then developed based on the competencies that were identified.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING UPCOMING CHANGES *On March 20, 2018, the Domains and Competencies for the LFCE Exam will be updated as described here.
Below follows the list of Domains and Competencies covered by the LFCE Exam currently (see notice above about upcoming changes). LFCE Exam builds on the Domains and Competencies from the LFCS Exam. The list of Domains and Competencies for the LFCE Exam below should be considered in combination with the Domains and Competencies listed for the LFCS Exam.
Network filesystems and file services
Scoring and Notification
A score of at least 72% must be earned to pass the Exam.
Upon completion, exams are scored automatically and a score report will be made available within three (3) business days. If a passing score is achieved and other applicable requirements for Certification have been fulfilled, a notification indicating the Candidate has been successfully Certified will follow the score report.
Duration of Exam
English (See FAQ for Spanish and Portuguese options)
Policy and Terms for Certification and Exams
Candidates who sit for Linux Foundation Certification Exams must agree they have read and will abide by the terms and conditions of The Linux Foundation Certification and Confidentiality Agreement before beginning the certification exam. The Agreement applies to all exams. Signing and adhering to this Agreement is required to be officially certified and to maintain valid Certification.
Refunds, Cancellations, Rescheduling
Optional Training and Resources
Free ResourcesLinux Foundation Certification Candidate Handbook
All Candidates should review and familiarize themselves with the Candidate Handbook prior to taking an Exam.Certification Preparation Guide
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The following courses can help Candidates prepare for the LFCE Exam. These courses are optional and are not required for certification.
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How to Renew Certifications
Linux Foundation Certifications are valid for 2 years and Candidates may keep Certification valid by completing one of the renewal requirement options below. Renewal requirements must be completed prior to the expiration of the Certification.Options to meet Certification renewal requirements:
- Retake the exam. Candidates have the option to retake and pass the same exam to keep their Certification valid. The Certification will become valid for 2 years starting on the date the exam is retaken and passed.
- Achieve (or renew) a higher-level Certification. On the date that a Candidate with an active LFCS Certification achieves LFCE Certification, the expiration of their LFCS Certification will be extended for 2 years so that both their LFCE and LFCS Certifications expire on the same date. The date on which their LFCS Certification expiration is extended (i.e. renewed) becomes the Renewal Date. (For example, a Certificant holds an active LFCS Certification expiring on August 20, 2016. The Certificant then achieves LFCE Certification on March 1, 2016. Their lower-level LFCS Certification will be extended for 2 years effective March 1, 2016 and both their newly achieved LFCE and renewed LFCS Certifications will have the same expiration date of March 1, 2018. March 1, 2016 becomes the Renewal Date for their LFCS Certification.)
Discontinue notice. Due to low demand, the option to apply approved Continuing Education credits to achieve certification renewal for LFCS and/or LFCE certifications has been discontinued. If you have been actively collecting credits for an upcoming certification renewal, please email your request via firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by no later than midnight UTC on August 1, 2017.