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

 

  • Beginning April 26, 2021, Ubuntu 20.04 and CentOS Stream 8 will be available as Platform Options for the LFCS and LFCE Exams, in addition to the existing options of Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7.
  • On July 26, 2021 (08:00 UTC), Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7 will no longer be supported for the LFCS and LFCE exam (including free retakes).
  • If you wish to take the LFCS or LFCE exam on these platforms, you must schedule an exam date occurring before 08:00 UTC July 26, 2021 with Ubuntu 18.04 or CentOS 7 selected as your platform.
  • On July 26, 2021 (08:00 UTC) all unexpired and unused 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 April 26, 2021?

If you purchase the exam before April 26, 2021, 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?

Starting at 08:00 UTC July 26, 2021, Ubuntu 18.04 and CentOS 7 will no longer be supported for any LFCS/LFCE exam reservations, including free retakes. 

Any unexpired and unused 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 free retake before 08:00 UTC July 26, 2021, you can select Ubuntu 18.04 or CentOS 7 as your platform.
If you sit for your free retake after that date, you will only be able to select Ubuntu 20.04 or CentOS Stream 8 as your platform.