Are you interested in computer operating systems? Are you an IT professional who wants to learn more about Linux? Are you looking for a qualification to boost your resume? Then perhaps CompTIA Linux+ Certification is for you! The CompTIA Linux+ Certification is one of many vendor-neutral qualifications available from CompTIA. Linux+ Certification teaches students how to install, maintain and troubleshoot machines running the Linux operating system, as well as the operation and maintenance of some of the many programs it runs. Entrance requirements vary dependent on your chosen institution (usually a community or technical college), though most schools do not ask for any academic qualifications.
However, some schools may ask you to have experience using computer networks and operating systems, so be sure to brush up on your technical knowledge before you apply! CompTIA recommends candidates sit both the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ Certifications, as well as having 12 months of experience working with Linux, however entry requirements are entirely up to the discretion of your chosen institution, so it is best to contact them for more details. The CompTIA Linux+ Certification proves to employers that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to service systems and machines running the Linux OS. This can open up a wide range of careers, and may give you an advantage over other candidates in the job market. IT professionals are in-demand, and Linux is the most popular open-source operating system in the world, so this could be a great career move.
Through the course, you will learn the basics of Linux system architecture, to give you an idea of how the operating system works, as well as how to use command lines, configure hardware, manage files and encrypt Linux systems. Once you have learned these basics, the program then teaches students more complex topics, including user management, network and Internet connectivity, disk management, maintenance tasks and customization. At the end of the program, you must sit and pass two exams to gain the qualification. The two exams are split in terms of topics, one covering the system architecture, commands, filesystems, devices, installation and package management, and the other covering security, networking, data management, scripting, user interface and administrative tasks. Exam topics can include:
Once you have passed the course, you will be officially CompTIA Linux+ Certified for life. This is unlike some other CompTIA training certifications (such as the CompTIA A+ Certification), where you must renew your training every 3 years through further training and renewal fees. The certification is globally recognized, so you can take your excellent training with you wherever you go. There are many options for those with CompTIA Linux+ Certification, including further training or tutoring others, and careers such as:
Please be aware that for more advanced or senior positions, some employers may prefer candidates to hold a relevant Bachelor's or associate's degree, in fields such as computer science or information systems. Upon completion of the CompTIA Linux+ Certification, you may be qualified for a number of roles, including database administration. Here is some information on the role as a database administrator.
- Security. This includes ensuring that employees have proper access rights to areas of the database and preventing access by unauthorized personnel. You will also need to be aware of electronic attacks by viruses, Trojan horses and worms, and be able to prevent these attacks.
- Ensuring that data is backed up, regularly and in a secure, reliable manner.
- Monitoring the performance of the system and needs of users. Constant attention to this allows you to upgrade or alter the system to suit user needs and enhance performance.