Exam Preparation

The process of preparing for LPI exams is really an individual choice. Some people may find that by simply looking at the exam objectives and studying on their own (using man pages, HOWTOs, etc.), they may feel confident they can take the exam. Other people may want to read books, take web-based or computer-based training, or actually go through instructor-led classes offered by a training center.

We believe that the choice should be yours, and that you should not be pressured into taking one particular approach to exam preparation. That is why LPI has committed that it will never designate an “official” set of LPI training materials. We are very proud of our support by many creators of training materials and believe in maximum choice for those seeking to take LPI exams.

Approved training materials

The LPI-ATM program was initiated in 2002 to help courseware providers develop accurate training materials. Since then, the number and variety of exam preparation materials have grown substantially, and LPI no longer requires the use of LPI-ATM materials by LPI Approved Training Partners (LPI-ATP) or LPI-Approved Academic Partners (LPI-AAP). However, in some regions, local master affiliates will require the use of approved local language courseware for training partners. This section of our website lists courseware providers and other publishers who voluntarily participated in the LPI-ATM program.


LPI welcomes the publication of textbooks and other materials that might help candidates in exam preparation. The list in this section, although not exhaustive, includes those books most often cited by LPI alumni.

Practice questions and self study materials

Many experienced Linux professionals prefer to prepare themselves for LPI exams through the use of online self-preparation materials. We include in this section some of these online resources we hear about from our alumni.

Training partners

In order to maintain its vendor-independence while encouraging a variety of sources of high-quality exam preparation, LPI has developed a number of partnership programs that help identify supporting groups and companies.