The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has taken everyone by surprise. And although there have been other viruses in the past, such as SARS or MERS, this new coronavirus has had much worse consequences and has spread much faster, already affecting millions of people. So, the way you act has changed, also the way certain Linux certification exams will be done.
And it is also that the organizations or companies that examine and certify to future system administrators, developers, etc., they have also had to modify the way they do things so that their employees and students take as little risk as possible. That is why they have started their online examination programs, something in which the Linux Foundation was already a pioneer for their certifications, since they have been that way from the beginning.
In addition to the Linux Foundation certifications, which you already had online for a long time, now you will also have others, since entities such as LPI (Linux Professional Institute) for their LPICs and also Red Hat, are initiating this online examination modality so that the student can take the exam from wherever they want. This way you will not run the risk of being infected and you will be able to overcome the problems that have occurred with some certification centers that remain closed in some areas due to the health situation.
If you want to know which Linux certifications, among the most recognized in the industry, you have at your disposal in online mode, I leave you the links with information:
- Linux Foundation: you have known for a long time that you have their certifications in online mode. The most advanced management LFCS, LFCE, and others on cloud technologies, DevOps, Kubernetes, etc. stand out.
- LPI: It has also joined the online certifications, but curiously only does it with its Linux Essentials and with LPIC-1 for the moment. As for the requirements, you must have a stable Internet connection, webcam, and Windows or macOS system (rare that some Linux certifications do not allow using a distro to do them, although they say they are working to add support for Linux as well).
- Red Hat: in this case it is required to have an x86-64 computer with a Fedora-compatible distro and an Internet connection to be able to take the exam online. Among these certifications are RHCSA (Red Hat Certified System Administrator) EX200, RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) EX294, Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift both administration (EX280) and development (EX288).