CompTIA Partnership

In April 2010, CompTIA and LPI announced that CompTIA would phase out its Linux+ exam and instead adopt LPIC-1 exams as its entry-level certification program. This new CompTIA certification is called “CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI” and uses the same two exams as LPIC-1 — and at the same price.

In addition, those IT professionals who earn their “CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI” are eligible to apply for and receive their LPIC-1 certification. This enables IT professionals to continue to advance their Linux skills by progressing along the LPI certification track to LPIC-2 and LPIC-3.

Furthermore, those holders of the “CompTIA Linux + powered by LPI” certification who apply for and receive their LPIC-1 certification are also eligible to receive their Novell Certified Linux Administrator Certification. Sometimes called the “3-in-1 Linux certification” the process has been described on several blogs and in the media — see Greg Porter for an example.

To obtain your “3-in-1 Linux certification” do so as follows:

  1. Obtain a LPI ID: (for the future also consider TCR registration and listing your other IT credentials with LPI)
  2. When taking your “CompTIA Linux+ powered by LPI” exams indicate that your exam scores may be forwarded to LPI
  3. Upon receipt of your LPIC-1 apply online for your Novell CLA at.

Please note that the “3-in-1″ process is not reciprocal (i.e. you can’t do it the other way round) and is not available in Japan.