National Credential
Credential: Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  Army eLearning resource
Credentialing Agency: Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

The Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) is the first certification in Linus Professional Insitute's multi-level Linux Professional certification program. The LPIC-1 validates a candidate's ability to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install & configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking. To obtain the LPIC-1 certification, a candidate must pass two exams in which the candidate should be able to work at the Linux command line, perform easy maintenance tasks (help out users, add users to a larger system, backup and restore, shutdown and reboot), and install and configure a workstation (including X) and connect it to a LAN, or a stand-alone PC via modem to the Internet. There are no experience or education requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam(s). This certification is appropriate for any IT professional using the Linux operating system and its associated tools. Candidates for entry level Linux certifications should be aware of the partnership between the Linux Professional Institute and CompTIA. CompTIA has adopted the LPIC-1 exams for the Linux+ Powered by LPI certification. Those passing the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams will qualify for both the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification and the LPIC-1 certification.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS most   III      
Enlisted 25N Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)

Eligibility Requirements 

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)

  • System Architecture
    • Determine and configure hardware settings
    • Boot the system
    • Change runlevels/boot targets and shutdown or reboot system
  • Linux Installation & Package Management
    • Design hard disk layout
    • Install a boot manager
    • Manage shared libraries
    • Use Debian package management
    • Use RPM and YUM package management
  • GNU & Unix Commands
    • Work on the command line
    • Process text streams using filters
    • Perform basic file management
    • Use streams, pipes, and redirects
    • Create, monitor, and kill processes
    • Modify process execution priorities
    • Search text files using regular expressions
    • Perform basic file editing operations using vi
  • Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierachy Standard
    • Create partitions and filesystems
    • Maintain the integrity of filesystems
    • Control mounting and unmounting of filesystems
    • Manage disk quotas
    • Manage file permissions and ownership
    • Create and change hard and symbolic links
    • Find system files and places files in the correct location
  • Shells, Scripting & Data Management
    • Customize and use the shell environment
    • Customize or write simple scripts
    • SQL data management
  • Interfaces & Desktops
    • Install and configure X11
    • Setup a display manager
    • Accessibility
  • Administrative Tasks
    • Manage user and group accounts and related system files
    • Automate system administration tasks by scheduling jobs
    • Localisation and internationalisation
  • Essential System Services
    • Maintain system time
    • System logging
    • Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) basics
    • Manage printers and printing
  • Networking Fundamentals
    • Fundamentals of internet protocols
    • Basic network configuration
    • Basic network troubleshooting
    • Configure client side DNS
  • Security
    • Perform security administration tasks
    • Setup host security
    • Securing data with encryption

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Linux Administrator (LPIC-1) credential has the following recertification information:

  • LPIC professional certifications are valid for 5 years to make sure certifications are current to today’s technology. LPIC holders may re-take the updated exam at the original level, or may upgrade to the next level before the certification expires to add a certification to their portfolio, and extend the expiration date of the initial certification.