CompTIA Linux+

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CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career system administrator supporting Linux systems.

The new CompTIA Linux+ is for the IT pro who will use Linux to manage everything from cars and smartphones to servers and supercomputers, as a vast number of enterprises use Linux in cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and web administration applications.

 

In the new CompTIA Linux+, candidates are only required to pass one exam for certification. However, the new certification is no longer eligible for the LPI 2-for-1 offer.

  • CompTIA Linux+ is the only job-focused Linux certification covering the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers.
  • Unlike other certifications, the new exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job.
  • The exam covers tasks associated with all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for advanced vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking.

CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT professionals with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, and supporting servers running the Linux operating system. The new exam has an increased focus on the following topics: security, kernel modules, storage & visualization, device management at an enterprise level, git & automation, networking & firewalls, server side & command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux.

Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of Questions Performance-based, Multiple Choice (Single Response), Multiple Response and Fill-in-the-Blank
Length of Test 90 Minutes
Passing Score 720 (on a scale of 100 to 900)

1:  The CompTIA Linux+ Proves You Understand Linux.

One of the largest benefits of taking the Linux+ Certification is that it is proof to potential employers that you are familiar with the foundational knowledge of Linux and have mastery over the basic commands and concepts of the operating system. This is an important point and by itself makes the CompTIA Linux+ worthy of your consideration, especially if you do not have any other certifications that relate to Linux.  My point is that having the CompTIA Linux+ certification is a quick way to show employers that you have Linux knowledge, and would probably help you get your foot in the door for Linux-related job opportunities, especially if you’re at a junior level.

2:  CompTIA’s Reputation Supports the Linux+.

Another benefit of the Linux+ is CompTIA’s long-standing reputation. The whole reason for taking a certification is for you to pay a reputable organization to test your skills and determine whether you are knowledgeable enough on the subject matter to be certified on its contents and to be worthy of the company to stake their name on the line to declare that you are competent in the field that was tested. This is also why in the terms of the issuing of certifications, you will often read a line that states that the issuing organization can revoke your ownership of their certification at any time if they deem it appropriate.

This is so if they believe an individual is no longer worthy of having their organization’s name backing an individual (or they later find that you’ve cheated in some way), they can cut their association with you or anybody else they decide is unfit to hold their stamp of approval.  So, when you walk into an interview with the Linux+ certification in hand, you are showing an employer a certification that says CompTIA vouches for your knowledgeability on the Linux operating system and is willing to put their name on the line to vouch for your expertise.

It is true that many certifications by CompTIA are considered by cyber security professionals to be lower-level or entry-level, and that is in many ways true.  However, this is not a bad thing for those within the first few years of their career.  And keep in mind that those cyber professionals that have moved on beyond much of what CompTIA offers, do recognize CompTIA and know what it stands for, as do the hiring managers that fill these positions.

3:  You Can Use the Linux+ to Evaluate Your Knowledge

Another reason I believe it is a good idea to consider sitting for the Linux+ certification exam is that it is an opportunity to evaluate your knowledge on the basics of the operating system and discover where your weak points lie. I don’t suggest this for every certification, however with the Linux+ being relatively affordable and geared more to the entry level administrator, it is a certification that poses less risk in terms of lost money and time if you end up not passing.

4:  The Current Format of the Exam is Much Improved Over Previous Versions.

CompTIA recently went through a refresh on the exam, and updated information related to the Linux operating system.  CompTIA cites adjustments on topic areas such as security, kernel modules, storage and visualization, device management at an enterprise level, automation, networking and firewalls, server side and command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux.  The exam also now has performance-based questions in addition to the standard multiple-choice questions.  All of these updates mean one thing in the long term for those that take and pass the CompTIA Linux+:  it will slowly become a more respected certification.

5:  Linux+ is Now a Single Exam.

I really prefer certifications that only take one test to earn because they help those starting up their cyber security careers to get up to speed and certified more quickly, and therefore move into their careers that much faster.  The current version of Linux+ is now a one exam certification, which is a nice change from the prior two exam format.  The single exam does have more questions than the prior exams, but at least this certification is a one and done format.

Recommended Experience : CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux admin experience.

What skills will you learn?

Hardware & System Configuration

Configure kernel modules, network parameters, storage, cloud and virtualization technologies.

System Operation & Maintenance

Manage software and services, and explain server roles, job scheduling, and the use and operation of Linux devices.

Security

Understand best practices for permissions and authentication, firewalls, and file management.

Linux Troubleshooting & Diagnostics

Analyze system properties and processes and troubleshoot user, application and hardware issues.

Automation & Scripting

Execute basic BASH scripts, version control using Git, and orchestration processes

Jobs that use CompTIA Linux+

  • Linux Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Web Administrator
  • Systems Administrator

Companies that trust CompTIA Linux+