Introduction to the LPIC and AWS
Introduction to the LPIC and AWS

The courses in this Linux certification series will prepare you for the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 certification exam. While the series' main focus will be on Linux, where there's a parallel or overlap with the professional administration of deployments on Amazon's AWS architecture, we'll also highlight the skills you'll need to integrate the cloud into your Linux portfolio.

The cloud is the future, and Linux skills are the tools you'll need to get there.

This first course will introduce you to:

  • the Linux ecosystem
  • the structure and expectations of the LPIC exam
  • the way the eleven courses that make up this series will be organized, and
  • some critical survival skills that will help place your Linux skills on a solid foundation.

The next course in this series will focus on System Architecture.

If you have thoughts or suggestions for this course, please contact Cloud Academy at


Linux is really big and its rate of growth is showing no signs of slowing. If you want to play a role in building the infrastructure that's powering our connected world, and if you want to get paid well to do it, then you really have to master some solid Linux administration skills. 

LPI Certification: is it worth getting a Linux certification?

From my personal experience and from the experience of many others like me, the Linux Professional Institute's LPIC exams are an excellent place to start. The fact is that I would never have won my first job as a sysadmin without my LPI certification but it was better than that. The very process of studying for the exam itself made a huge difference. It wasn't just because the skills I needed to pass the exam proved to be genuinely useful in the real world which they did. But because they also gave me the basic knowledge and confidence to figure out how to find solutions to new problems that came up.

Remember, the tech world changes so fast that no certification could claim to teach you everything. But having a good grasp of the basic tools allows you to identify and adopt new skills much faster. The LPIC does that. The Linux Professional Institute offers three certification levels, the LPIC-1, which focuses on the skills you'll need to provision and manage servers or small deployments of PCs, requires two proctored exams. Each costing $183, the LPI 101 and the LPI 102. These series of 11 Cloud Academy courses is designed to provide you with what you'll need to pass these two exams and receive the LPIC-1 certification, the LPIC-2 aims to test your ability to administer small to medium size mixed networks. This certification also requires two exams the LPI 201 and the LPI 202. Finally the LPIC-3 requires you to choose from among three high-end Linux enterprise architecture specialties.

You'll need to take only one of the three 300 level exams they offer, mixed environments, security or virtualization and high availability. All LPI certifications are valid for five years. You can find a lot more exam background and support on the LPI website,

What does Amazon Web Services have to do with all of this? Linux is big, but if anything, the Cloud is even bigger. As consumers and enterprises demand greater and greater connectivity, and more people, devices and things expect to be able to talk to each other in real-time, managing an ever changing network of millions of virtual objects is a very big deal. Now since Linux is the operating system that's carrying the vast majority of this weight and since Amazon AWS is the platform where right now at least most of the action is taking place, it'll make a lot of sense to give the two some shared attention. That's why Cloud Academy decided to create this as a blended curriculum. We'll cover everything you'll need to know for the LPIC exam, but wherever it makes sense, we'll also introduce you to the AWS way of doing things. That way, you'll hopefully get to walk away with your LPIC-1 certification and with a pretty good idea of how to apply your new skills in just the place where they'll be in greatest demand.

About the Author
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David taught high school for twenty years, worked as a Linux system administrator for five years, and has been writing since he could hold a crayon between his fingers. His childhood bedroom wall has since been repainted.

Having worked directly with all kinds of technology, David derives great pleasure from completing projects that draw on as many tools from his toolkit as possible.

Besides being a Linux system administrator with a strong focus on virtualization and security tools, David writes technical documentation and user guides, and creates technology training videos.

His favorite technology tool is the one that should be just about ready for release tomorrow. Or Thursday.

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