CompTIA Linux+ certification beta exam launched

New single exam features updated subject matter and performance-based questions

CompTIA Linux+ is an internationally-recognised, vendor-neutral validation of the technical competencies required of early to mid-career IT professionals.
CompTIA Linux+ is an internationally-recognised, vendor-neutral validation of the technical competencies required of early to mid-career IT professionals.

CompTIA, a provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the information technology (IT) workforce, has launched the beta exam for its anticipated new version of the CompTIA Linux+ credential.

CompTIA Linux+ is an internationally-recognised, vendor-neutral validation of the technical competencies required of early to mid-career IT professionals who use Linux.

“Linux has a strong and growing presence in large-scale, distributed cloud platforms, in nearly all security appliances and in most devices that provide network functionality inluding smartphones, tablets, smart appliances, GPS devices, car navigation systems, and hundreds of other Internet of Things (IoT)devices and in high performance computing clusters,” said Kristin Ludwig, director, product management, CompTIA. “It has become a core skillset for technology professionals. The new CompTIA Linux+ exam reflects this reality.”

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The new exam was created according to CompTIA’s comprehensive and rigorous test-development process. It is based on input from Linux subject matters experts from the United States, Europe, Australia, Central America, and South America.

Among the notable changes, test takers must pass only one exam to become CompTIA Linux+ certified. The current version requires individuals to pass two separate exams.

The beta exam (XK1-004) also includes performance-based questions and hands-on simulations that reflect real-world scenarios that IT professionals encounter when working with Linux in an enterprise environment.

“The new exam has a sharper focus on the most highly relevant Linux skills,” Ludwig said. “It’s written for today’s times. We have increased the emphasis on security, Git revisions, virtualisation, and other competencies that today’s technology professionals must have.”

Unlike vendor-specific certifications, CompTIA Linux+ covers multiple distributions, validating skills that help prevent platform lock-in and promote more flexible approaches to Linux system troubleshooting. Concepts covered by the exam include system configuration, command line interface, scripting basics, network settings and services, and system security.

Technology professionals who would benefit from becoming CompTIA Linux+ certified hold job titles such as Linux administrator, network administrator, systems administrator, intrusion detection technician, penetration tester, Linux developer, mobile app developer, storage engineer, Hadoop administrator, network support specialist, and technical support specialist.

CompTIA said it recommends that test takers have nine to twelve months of hands-on experience configuring, monitoring and supporting physical and virtual Linux servers.

The CompTIA Linux+ beta exam is available worldwide in an English-language version. The cost of the beta exam is $50. Beta test takers will be notified of their results in April 2019, after the launch of the official exam. Individuals who earn a passing score will become CompTIA Linux+ certified.

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