CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certifies foundational skills and knowledge of Linux. With Linux being the central operating system for much of the world’s IT infrastructure, Linux+ is an essential credential for individuals working in IT, especially those on the path of a Web and software development career.

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Linux has grown into an industry-leading software and service delivery platform that is used for everything from super computers and Web servers to virtualized systems and your Android phone. Linux professionals are high in demand: With CompTIA’s Linux+ Powered by LPI certification, you’ll acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to successfully configure, manage and troubleshoot Linux systems.

Linux+ keeps you relevant
Between 2010 and 2012, 75% of companies used Linux to develop new applications and services. 74% of enterprises plan to maintain or increase their use of Linux for future cloud computing1.

Linux+ is widely recognized
The CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification is recognized by large organizations such as the U.S. Navy, Dell, HP, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Linux+ is your stepping stone for higher goals
IT professionals who earn their CompTIA Linux+ certification can receive the LPIC-1 from LPI and the Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) from SUSE as well. Earning a Linux+ certification is the beginning of a path that will lead you to advanced Linux training such as a Red Hat Certified Engineer or an Amazon Web Service (AWS) Certified SysOps Administrator.

3-for-1: How to earn 3 certifications with Linux+

  1. Obtain an LPI ID.
  2. Once you have passed both Linux+ exams, log into your CompTIA certification account. Choose Demographics | Settings. On the Settings page check the box to have your information forwarded to LPI, then click Submit.
  3. Upon receipt of your LPIC-1 apply online for your SUSE CLA.

Please note that the 3-in-1 process is not reciprocal and you cannot earn LPIC-1 and then apply for Linux+. It is not available in Japan.

1The Linux Foundation: 3rd Annual Survey of World’s Largest Enterprise Linux Users

Jobs that use Linux+ Powered by LPI

Linux Database Administrator

Junior Linux Administrator

Junior ​Network Administrator

Web Administrator

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Companies that use CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI include:


U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Navy

Exam Details

Exam Codes LX0-103 LX0-104 
Exam Description CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking. Linux+ is comprised of two exams – LX0-103 and LX0-104. Candidates must pass LX0-103 before taking LX0-104.
Number of Questions 60 questions  60 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice  Multiple choice
Length of Test 90 Minutes  90 Minutes
Passing Score 500 (on a scale of 200 to 800)  500 (on a scale of 200 to 800)
Recommended Experience CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux admin experience  CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux admin experience
Languages English
Price $188.00 USD (See all pricing) $188.00 USD (See all pricing)
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The CompTIA Linux+ certification is considered good for life and does not need to be renewed.

For certifications that are part of the CompTIA Continuing Education program and that can be renewed, please go to our Continuing Education page.

Good for Life Certifications Linux+ is good for life.

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