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LPI Certification Approved as Prerequisite for HP Certified Professional Program

(Sacramento, USA and Tokoyo, Japan: February 6, 2008) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced the inclusion of LPIC-2 as one of the accepted prerequisites for the HP Accredited System Engineer (ASE) on HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant ML/DL servers.

"This inclusion of our higher level certification program within the HP Industry Standard Server program demonstrates that LPI programs are viewed as the global industry standard for the aspiring Linux professional. We will continue to reach out to other industry leaders to ensure our certification remains the best measurement tool for employers and the most important career choice for IT professionals," said Jim Lacey, President and CEO of LPI.

The HP ASE program for Industry Standard Servers requires that IT professionals be able to design, support and/or implement complex, enterprise-level technology. LPIC-2 joins the list of accepted prerequisites within the HP ASE BladeSystem and ProLiant ML/DL accreditation along with other Linux certifications, such as the Novell Certified Linux Engineer, RHCE, and SAIR.

"HP has worked with LPI for some time on certification standards and recognizes the contribution of the LPIC program to Linux and Open Source professionalism," said Bill Horzempa, director, Worldwide HP Certified Professional Program, HP. “We look forward to continued collaboration on industry standards and further input on their enterprise-level certifications: LPIC-2 and LPIC-3.”

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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise and professionals and within government and the educational community. LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the programs inception, LPI has delivered over 170,000 exams and 53,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.


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The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals while advancing the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.