lopsa certification picks

LOPSA encourages professional certification to prove efficacy in system administration and related fields. Use certifications to open up new opportunities for your career in the field. Below we have selected a number of certifications that we think are among the very best for fast-tracking your career path.

LOPSA is actively working towards offering our Members discounted certification exams and courses. If you can help with developing these relationships and partnerships, please do.

If there are certifications you think we should list here please be sure to let us know.

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Linux Professional Institute Certifications

LPI is committed to the development of a global standard in Linux certification. We believe that such a certification program must meet the requirements of both IT professionals and the organizations that would employ them. To achieve this goal we have adopted an open, rigorous, and consultative development process, which uses both volunteer and hired resources. Our development process is widely recognized and endorsed and has met the strict requirements of independent certification authorities.

LPI Linux Essentials

Ability to use basic console line editor and demonstrate an understanding of processes, programs and components of the Linux Operating System.

LPIC-1 Certified Linux Administrator

Ability to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install and configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking.

LPIC-2 Certified Linux Engineer

Ability to administer small to medium–sized mixed networks.

LPIC-3 300: Linux Enterprise Professional Mixed Environment

Ability to integrate Linux services in an enterprise-wide mixed environment.

Microsoft Certifications

Get hired, demonstrate clear business impact, and advance your skills with Microsoft certifications. Delivering a wide range of online certification programs we can help you take your career to the next level.

MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

This certification validates that you have the skills needed to run a highly efficient and modern data center, with expertise in cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage, and networking.

Redhat Certifications

Our certification program helps professionals prove their skills and build their careers. It also gives employers a meaningful way to find and develop qualified professionals.

A Red Hat® Certified Engineer (RHCE®) is a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who possesses the additional skills, knowledge, and abilities required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux® systems.

An RHCE is capable of RHCSA tasks plus the following:

  • Configuring static routes, packet filtering, and network address translation
  • Setting kernel runtime parameters
  • Configuring an Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) initiator
  • Producing and delivering reports on system utilization
  • Using shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
  • Configuring system logging, including remote logging
  • Configuring a system to provide networking services, including HTTP/HTTPS, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), network file system (NFS), server message block (SMB), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), secure shell (SSH) and Network Time Protocol (NTP)

CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA certifications align with IT infrastructure and cybersecurity career paths, with each added certification representing a deepening of your expertise. Core certifications, like CompTIA A+, lay the groundwork for the specialized pathway certifications, and additional professional certifications cover necessary IT skills like project management.

Server+ (Plus)

CompTIA Server+ certified candidates can work in any environment because it is the only vendor-neutral certification covering the major server platforms. It is the only industry certification that covers the latest server technologies including virtualization, security and network-attached storage. CompTIA Server+ certification validates the skills necessary to be a server administrator. Successful candidates will have mastered the following concepts:

    • Virtualization
    • Storage
    • Security
    • Troubleshooting

VMware Certifications

VMware Certifications provide increased flexibility and career growth and helps advance your credibility with employers, colleagues and clients. Covering multiple technology areas, with levels suited to those new to the industry as well as experts in the field, VMware Certification gives you flexibility to find the path that suits your needs.

VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)

Improve your credibility and deliver business value to your organization by becoming VCP6-DCV certified. This industry-recognized certification validates that you know how to administer and troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures, leveraging best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for your company. VCP6-DCV is our most popular certification with more than 100,000 professionals certified around the world.


This is a list of College and Universities that offer degrees in system administration.  If you know of additional schools, please email board@lopsa.org with the information so we can add it to the list.


 Bellevue College
 Bellevue, WA USA
 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY USA BS
 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI USA BA
 Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, MA USA BS
 University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA USA BS
 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY USA AAS,BTech
 Oslo Metropolitan University
 Oslo Norway MS
 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL USA
 Palomar College San Marcos, CA AA
 Charles Sturt University
 Australia MS
 University of Fraser Valley
 Abbotsford, BC Canada
 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA USA BS
Western Governors University Online BS


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