The LPI Board voted on a policy regarding the delay required between re-taking exams:
- Anyone who takes an LPI exam once must wait one week before re-taking.
- Anyone who takes an LPI exam a second (and subsequent) time must wait 90 days before re-taking.
- Anyone who passes an LPI exam may not retake that exam for at least two years.
LPI strongly encourages certificate holders to recertify minimally within a ten-year period from the date the first exam of the level was passed. Ten years from the date the first exam of the level was passed, a designation’s status will change from “ACTIVE” to “INACTIVE” in the LPI database, unless the certificate holder recertifies. LPI will provide to third parties, at the certificate holder’s request, information pertaining to the history of certifications(s) passed, the date the certification(s) were passed, the revision date/level(s) of the completed certification(s), as well as the designation status (ACTIVE or INACTIVE). In providing this information, LPI reserves the right to indicate the current revision level of any or all of the certification(s) passed by the certificate holder and to issue public advisories concerning changes in the content or objectives of the certification(s).
It is LPI’s position that the purpose of recertification is to measure continued competence. Currently, the methods of recertification include:
- Retaking and passing all current form examinations required for initial certification. After successfully passing all the required up-to-date examinations, the designation status will be updated to ACTIVE for a period of ten years from the date the first exam of the level was passed.
- Earning a higher-level LPI certification designation. When a higher level certification designation is earned, the status of all lower level designations are considered ACTIVE for ten years from the date the first exam of the higher level was passed.
LPI is currently considering the development of a single “refresher” recertification exam that encompasses the content of all examinations for a particular designation, with a focus on newer developments in the field. Although LPI strongly encourages certificate holders to recertify minimally within a ten-year period, possible major revisions of Linux or recommendations driven by the Linux community may lead LPI to consider shortening the recertification period.
The addition of the designation status of ACTIVE or INACTIVE into the LPI database will begin on September 1, 2004. Certification designations (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, etc.) earned before that date will NOT be subject to these recertification stipulations. All certification designations earned before September 1, 2004 will be considered ?ifetime?designations and will be maintained as having an ACTIVE status in the database, regardless of recertification activities. ( Revised 19-Apr-2004) )
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