Linux Foundation expands open source certification program

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Linux is the largest and most pervasive open source software project in the history of computing. It has seen massive acceptance in almost every sector, including financial services, government, education and even film production.

As The Linux Foundation continues to expand its presence across the globe, our organization is focused on providing a seamless certification program for the anywhere, anytime generation of today’s top IT talent.

Whether an IT professional is starting a new career or changing careers, certifying their skills proves that they have the knowledge necessary to do the job, even if they don’t have a resume with years of experience. Certification not only shows they have verified skills, it also demonstrates their commitment to their career and professional development.

As the open source market continues to explode, competition for top jobs increases. Nearly half of hiring managers say they are more likely to hire a certified professional.

The Linux Foundation’s certifications help open source professionals, including developers, administrators and engineers, boost their confidence in the skills they have. These hands-on certifications show an ability to perform real-world tasks and improve the candidate’s chances of getting the job they want.

However, some open source professionals resided a flight or 8-hour drive away from their nearest test center. As remote working becomes increasingly popular, and IT work can be provided at any location at any time, this was the challenge that The Linux Foundation faced – test takers needed to access certification anywhere, anytime.

The Linux Foundation turned to PSI Services, a leading provider of secure online proctoring solutions for examinations in any learning environment and credentialing programs, to provide a seamless solution that enables test takers to access exams through The Linux Foundation website via a single sign-on. Candidates log in, have a certified Remote Proctor greet them, provide identification, start the exam, and finish the exam, all in one browser, and all without ever having to log out or change domains.

The Linux Foundation now runs around-the-clock exam delivery and is expanding into markets where English is not the native language. The capability of being able to deliver a remote proctored environment with language localization is imperative for the organization. The capabilities that PSI continues to build out are in sync with The Linux Foundation’s growth profile as our organization expands our footprint on these exams.

Having that growing capability in terms of time zone coverage and language coverage has been important. The Linux Foundation currently offers exams in English and Japanese, with plans to add new languages for exams on the horizon.

The PSI online proctoring solution now underpins six certification exams globally for The Linux Foundation and delivers thousands of exams each year.

The Linux Foundation has some unusual requirements, such as allowing users to browse the web in a couple of its exams for test takers to get documentation. PSI has been great in finding a solution to allow that to happen. In working with other providers, non-standard requests are often not able to be met.

Remote proctoring can have a bad rap, but PSI’s innovative approach with 24/7 exam and support availability gets superb candidate feedback.

The Linux Foundation’s certification exams allow the organization to offer top-notch open source software to more users and administrators; help the industry recruit enough talent to develop and run the software; ensure these technologies are being implemented in the real world; and convene corporate entities that are implementing the Linux software.

ONAP, for example, is a project within The Linux Foundation that unifies member resources to accelerate the development of a vibrant ecosystem around a globally shared architecture and implementation for network automation—with an open standards focus—faster than any one product could on its own. The ONAP project, which has a certification exam currently in development, brings together over 50 of the largest network and cloud operators and technology providers from around the globe.

It comes as no surprise that The Linux Foundation supports a project as important and powerful as ONAP, as Linux is the operating system for over 95 percent of the top one million domains. Most people use Linux and open source, whether they know it or not:

  • The majority of consumer electronics devices use Linux given its small footprint.
  • More than 80 percent of new smartphones sold run Android, which is based on the Linux kernel.
  • Linux is the go-to infrastructure supporting the world’s ecommerce leaders, including Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Walmart, and others.
  • All of the top 500 supercomputers in the world run on Linux.
  • More than 75 percent of cloud-enabled enterprises report using Linux as their primary cloud platform.
  • Most of the global markets run on Linux, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the London Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

This huge Linux explosion means the talent supply must be developed and competent, which wouldn’t be possible without PSI’s service and capabilities.

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