Canonical Training Set To Announce New Ubuntu Certified Professional Certification

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to speak with Billy Cina, Director of Training for Canonical. In this phone interview I gleaned a preview of significant changes being made to -- The Ubuntu Certified Professional certification (UCP) course -- expect to see this announced on Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, is due to release on April 29th, 2010 with a new look, a lighter feel, faster boot times, but as you can see that's not all. The Canonical training courses will be getting a new addition as well -- an independent Ubuntu only certified training program. This new course will be based on 10.04 and will no longer require students to take the LPIC-1 exams in addition to the Ubuntu 199 exam in order to become certified.

When asked if students needed to have prior Linux experience to get the most out of this newest Canonical certification course, Billy states, "No prior Linux experience is necessary; IT/system administration experience is a must". This should be good news to those businesses who are switching from a Windows environment to an Ubuntu one. This system administration course is designed to be a basic course for that "in-office admin" deploying an Ubuntu environment.

This newest course will also fit in well with the courses that are already in place. What does this mean for those businesses switching to an Ubuntu environment? It means they can take advantage of the Desktop, the new Ubuntu Certified Professional (UCP), Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, as well as the Ubuntu Support courses. This training line-up offered by Canonical and Authorised Training Partners fully supports those businesses that choose full migration to Ubuntu in all areas of their office environment.

Leaving no stone unturned, these classes are not only for those "professional" Ubuntu users, but lend themselves well to those Ubuntu Users who wish to have the certification to ensure efficient and successful use of Ubuntu in their homes. I asked Billy how she sees the Community based training offered by projects such as the Learning and Beginners Team, "The community teams are offering very professional and well done courses and for some users that is all they need, for others however; the Canonical pay-for courses offer them that additional level of training that the Canonical certification courses bring."

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS ushers in excitement across the board -- from Canonical to Community, from the casual to corporate end user -- There is something for everyone and this newest course being offered is just one more incentive to ensure the success of all those whose productivity and professionalism depend on their knowledge of Ubuntu.

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