Linux+ Experts Needed

CompTIA is currently seeking IT professionals with strong technical backgrounds in Linux systems to participate in a Cut Score workshop for our Linux+ Certification exam.

During the Cut Score, Subject Matter Experts will set the passing standard for the certification exam and will create, develop, and review item content for the Linux+ Certification exam.

Assistance from SMEs is crucial in providing an industry relevant exam. While it is preferred that SMEs are Linux+, LPIC, or Red Hat certified, or have equivalent or higher credentials, potential SMEs must have at least:

  • 5 years cumulative IT experience.
  • 2 years of hands-on Linux systems administration.

SMEs who attend the workshop will receive:

  • An honorarium of $400 per day (or $2000 total for the week), pending adequate level of participation
  • A complementary CompTIA testing voucher for the exam of his/her choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments daily during the workshop

In recognition of their contributions, all SMEs who participate in the entire Item Writing workshop will have their names and companies (if provided) listed on the CompTIA website.

International SMEs (outside of North America) will receive a $500 a day stipend to help defer additional travel costs.

When: November 5th -9th, 2018
Where: CompTIA Headquarters; 3500 Lacey Rd. Suite 100, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (Downers Grove is a suburb of Chicago)

Only professionals who are currently working in one of the roles listed above. Although CompTIA appreciates interest from the training community, applications from trainers, authors, or individuals who may profit or materially benefit from knowledge of the CompTIA credential content are not eligible to participate.

If you have questions about the application process, email

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