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Linux Professional Institute and BSD Certification Group Join Efforts

Partnership Expands Certification Offerings for Open Source Professionals

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's largest certification organization for Linux and open source professionals, and the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG), the organization which sets the certification standard for BSD system administrators, have announced the merging of BSDCG with LPI. The partnership includes the creation of a BSD Advisory Committee which will work with LPI and the BSD community.

“The new partnership is mutually beneficial,“ said LPI Executive Director G. Matthew Rice, “LPI will better fulfill its mission of advocating for the use of all free and open source systems“. According to BSDCG President Dru Lavigne, "BSD Unix use is growing rapidly and globally with BSD professionals involved in every industry. Joining efforts with LPI will help us scale our exam delivery while maintaining the quality of the certification program."

One of the first tasks of the merger is the 2018 launch of the next version of the BSDA certification exam which matches the requirements of the Open Technology certification track. Current BSDA certificants will continue to be recognized and will have the option, upon request, to have their exam credentials hosted on the LPI Candidate portal.

More information about the partnership is available through our media contact, To join the BSD Advisory Committee, contact Dru at

About Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

For 20 years, LPI is the global certification standard and career support organization for open source professionals. With more than 500,000 exams delivered, it's the world’s first and largest vendor-neutral Linux and open source certification body. LPI has certified professionals in over 180 countries, delivers exams in 9 languages, and has over 400 training partners.

About BSD Certification Group (BSDCG)

Founded in 2005, the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) is a non-profit organization committed to creating and maintaining a global certification standard for system administration on BSD-based operating systems. The BSDCG works with the BSD and sysadmin communities in order to provide a practical and relevant certification.