LPIC-2 Certification (Intermediate Level Linux Professional)

November 29, 2010 by
Filed under: Lpi Level 2, LPIC 

The LPIC-2 certification is the second in a series of three Linux certifications offered by the LPI certification, sandwiched as it is between the LPIC-1 and LPIC-3. LPIC-2 certified individuals should have the skills and knowledge to be able to adequately plan and administer a small to medium sized network comprising of mixed platform workstations and servers, Internet gateways, firewalls, proxies etc., and have an all-round awareness of automation techniques and peripherals.

Candidates wishing to obtain the LPIC-2 certification must first pass the LPIC-1 before they can be awarded their certificate (although candidates who do not already hold the LPIC-1 credential can start with the LPIC-2 exams first if they wish – the LPIC-2 certificate will be withheld until the candidate then goes on to complete the LPIC-1 exams).

To gain the LPIC-2 credential, candidates must pass two exams (click on each link to go directly to the exam objectives):

  1. 117-201 (Lpi Level 2 Exam 201)
  2. 117-202 (Lpi Level 2 Exam 202)

The exams can be taken in any order, and candidates have up to five years to pass the second exam after successfully passing the first.

Each grouping of exam objectives is weighted differently meaning that some sections will be given more attention in the exam. Each exam consists of 60 questions in a 90 minute time frame and a passing score is 500 or more on a scale of 200-800, although due to ‘weighting’, the number of questions that a candidate must successfully answer in order to pass will vary from exam to exam. In some cases candidates will receive extra questions (referred to as ‘pilot items’) in their exam (making a total of 80 questions in total) and will be allocated extra time (120 minutes in total). The LPI uses these questions for research and evaluation purposes for future upgrades to the LPIC exams. These questions are not graded and do not count towards a candidate’s final score.

The candidate will receive their score at the end of the exam with an indication of a pass or fail. Successful candidates will have their details updated in the candidate area on the official LPI website within 2-3 days of the candidate passing the exam. The official LPIC-2 certificate will be mailed to them (allow up to 5 weeks).


The cost for each exam is US$160, although for non-US residents there may be price differences due to local circumstances and currency fluctuations.

Where to take the exam

The LPIC-2 exams are proctored through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centres. These companies have 1000’s of locations worldwide but candidates should always check with their local center for exam availability and scheduling. Prior to scheduling an exam, candidates need to register for an LPI ID number from the LPI website. Registration is free.


The LPI requires that candidates must recertify themselves within a five-year period in order to keep their credential ‘active’. This entails successfully passing any current exams for the candidates highest LPIC level. For example, LPIC-2 credential holders must retake only the LPIC-2 exams in order to keep both their LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 credentials active. Updating after the 5 year window will mean the candidate must retake all the lower-level and higher-level exams. Candidates not updating their credential will have their status set to ‘inactive’.

Retake Policy

Candidates must wait at least 7 days before retaking the exam if they fail on their first attempt. Subsequent failures will require a stand-down period of 90 days. For all attempts, candidates must pay the applicable exam fee.

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