Linux Foundation Certified Systems Administrator (LFCS)
Linux Foundation Certified Systems Engineer (LFCE)
2021: Upcoming Program Changes

 

  • LFCS: Coming October 18, 2021, Ubuntu 20.04 and CentOS Stream 8 will be available as Platform Options for LFCS, in addition to the existing options of Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7.
  • LFCE: Coming 2021 (Exact Date TBD – please check back regularly for an announcement) Ubuntu 20.04 and CentOS Stream 8 will be available as Platform Options for LFCE, in addition to the existing options of Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7.
  • On January 18, 2022, Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7 will no longer be supported for LFCS (including free retakes).
  • On January 18, 2022, all unexpired and unused LFCS exam registrations that have Ubuntu 18.04 or CentOS 7 as the selected platform will, without exception, be upgraded from Ubuntu 18.04 to Ubuntu 20.04 or from CentOS 7 to CentOS Stream 8 respectively.

Can I switch to Ubuntu 20.04 or CentOS Stream 8 if I  purchase before these platforms are launched?

Regardless of when you purchase the LFCS or LFCE exam, you will be able to choose Ubuntu 20.04 or CentOS Stream 8 as the distribution for your exam, when they become available.
To select a platform, login to My Portal, click Start / Resume to open the Exam Checklist, and change your preferred distribution in the Select Platform step.

How long will Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7 be supported on the LFCS and LFCE Exam?

On January 18, 2022 Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7 will no longer be supported for any LFCS exam reservations, including free retakes. 

Any unexpired and unused LFCS exam registrations that have Ubuntu 18 or CentOS 7 as the selected distribution will, without exception, be upgraded from Ubuntu 18.04 to Ubuntu 20.04 or from CentOS 7 to CentOS Stream 8 respectively. 

If my first attempt was provisioned on Ubuntu 18.04 or CentOS 7, will my Free Retake provision on the same platform?

It does not matter if the reservation happens to be for a first attempt or a free retake; what matters is the date you sit for the exam.

If you sit for your LFCS free retake before January 18, 2022 you can select Ubuntu 18.04 or CentOS 7 as your platform.
If you sit for your LFCS free retake after that date, you will only be able to select Ubuntu 20.04 or CentOS Stream 8 as your platform.