LPIC-3 Certification (Senior Level Linux Professional)

November 30, 2010 by
Filed under: Lpi Level 3, LPIC 

The LPIC-3 certification track is the pinnacle credential offered by the LPI certification and is aimed at experienced Linux professionals. As the upper-level of a three-tiered certification program, candidates who wish to earn the LPIC-3 credential must first obtain both the LPIC-1 and the LPIC-2 certifications (although the exams for all three certification tracks can be taken in any order).

Candidates can choose to earn the ‘core’ LPIC-3 credential by passing just one exam or they can elect to supplement that credential by passing an additional specialisation exam:

  1. LPI 117-301 Core Exam

Elective exams (optional only):

  1. LPI 117-302 Mixed Environment Exam
  2. LPI 117-303  Security
  3. LPI 117-304 Virtualization and High Availability

LPI intend to introduce three more elective exams in the near future.

The core LPIC-3 exam consists of 50 questions and 90 minutes to complete them unless the exam includes non-scoring evaluation questions (called ‘pilot items’) that the LPI use for testing purposes. In that case the candidate will be allowed 120 minutes to complete the exam to account for the extra questions. Subject topics are weighted, meaning some exam topics are given greater emphasis in the exam than others. For that reason, the number of questions required to pass the exam will vary, however candidates must score at least 500 on a scale of 200-800 to pass.

Candidates receive their results at the end of the exam, with an indication of a pass or a fail. Successful candidates can look forward to having their details updated in the ‘candidate area’ on the official LPI website shortly after passing the exam, but will have to wait a little while longer for their official LPIC-3 certificate to arrive in the mail (allow up to 5 weeks).


The cost for the LPI 301 exam is US$260, which is somewhat more expensive than the other LPI certification exams. Non-U.S. candidates should be aware that there may be price adjustments due to currency fluctuations and other local factors.

Where to take the exam

All LPIC exams are proctored through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centres. Although there are 1000’s of testing centers worldwide, candidates should check exam availability, scheduling and price with their local center well before they intend to take the exam. Candidates are required by the LPI to register (for free) for an LPI ID number before booking their exam with Pearson/Prometric.


In order to maintain an ‘active’ status in the LPI database, candidates must recertify within 5 years of passing their exam. Recertification is only required for the candidate’s highest earned LPIC credential (a LPIC-3 holder needs only to recertify on the current exam(s) for LPIC-3 to maintain ‘active’ status for their LPIC-1,2 & 3 credentials respectively). Candidates who allow their LPIC-3 certification status to lapse (inactive) but wish to reactivate their credential at a later time will be required to retake all of the lower-level exams as well as those required exams for the LPIC-3.

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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