Obtaining a Linux certificate is not just one more certification to acquire, one more piece of paper to own, one more line on a resume. Depending on the level of knowledge acquired, someone with Linux expertise may have what it takes to keep a business and its computer systems up and running. As dramatic as it sounds, that is just how important Linux is to business and most governments. Windows is a relatively easy operating system for the average computer user to master. Some might argue that Mac operating systems are even easier to use. No one out there even pretends to claim that Linux is an easy computer to learn, use and manage. Why? Because it is not.
Linux was not designed for ease of use; rather, it was developed to give more detailed control to the operators of the server and/or servers needed to keep businesses operating properly. Any one who has tried to keep a simple network of five computers going will appreciate the fact that there is an easier way, although one requiring much more computer expertise. A computer expert with a Linux certificate will have the knowledge to make the system run better, more efficiently, and trouble-free. What more can anyone ask of their computer system?
Obtaining a Linux certificate is not easy. Even if a candidate chooses to obtain a certificate that represents limited expertise, the knowledge required cannot be faked. Once a person gets Linux certification, ongoing continuing ed is not required. However, if the candidate requires or desires more detailed certification, more schooling and further testing will be necessary. Linux has always been a serious computer language with no patience for the normal applications used by the everyday computer user; gaming. word processing and spreadsheets are often impossible if not impossible using Linux. Therefore, everyday computer usage will not develop the skills and knowledge needed for Linux certification.
Some employers will assist a promising employee who is seeking to obtain a Linux certificate. If a candidate is fortunate to work for a company willing to foot the educational costs and the Linux testing/certification process, it would be a smart move for the employee to take advantage of it. If not, there are several places a potential candidate can go for financial assistance if he or she is unable to pay for the program himself. Either way, a competent Linux certified is a professional who can demand and receive a salary commensurate with his level of expertise. Keeping a computer system up and running is a priceless necessity in today’s business world.
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