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e-Competence Certificates

eSkills training and certification are often hard to compare. They may be very specific and focused on the latest technology of one of the hardware or software suppliers, or more generic and providing overview of a field like architecture, business analysis or information security.One solution for this enigma is comparing learning outcomes with the e-competences defined in the e-Competence Framework e-CF and with the ICT Profiles of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skils. This is the core idea of the Certification Profiles listed below.

A Certification Profile contains the core information about an eSkills related certificate and shows which e-competencies match with obtaining the certificate and compares those with the most relevant ICT-profiles.

Title Linux Essentials Professional Development Certificate (PDC)
Provider Linux Professional Institute
Web source
Description To secure the Certificate of Achievement in LPI Linux Essentials, the candidate:
  • Understands the basic concepts of processes, programs and the components of an Operating System.
  • Has a basic knowledge of computer hardware.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of Open Source Applications in the Workplace as they relate to Closed Source equivalents.
  • Understands navigation systems on a Linux Desktop and where to go for help.
  • Has a rudimentary ability to work on the command line and with files.
  • Can use a basic command line editor.
Target Group - Those working and studying in Open Source and various distributions of Linux
Corresponding ICT profiles - SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
Prerequisites - None
Main subject(s) - The Linux Community and a Career in Open Source
- Finding Your Way on a Linux System
- The Power of the Command Line
- The Linux Operating System
- Security and File Permissions

Competence covered with this certificate Competence from the ICT Profiles
B.2 Component Integration 2 P 2
B.3 Testing 2
B.4 Solution Deployment 1 S
C.1 User Support 1 S 2
C.4 Problem Management 2
E.8 Information Security Management 2 S 2

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Any mapping to the e-CF will have to deal with cases where the e-competence at hand, e.g. in a learning outcome, does not fit the description in the e-CF to its full extend. Here we used a grading (G/P/S) such that for e-competency:

For each e-competency the G (General), P (Partial) and S (Superficial) indicate the extend the competency is covered by the certificate:

The methodology behind the Certification Profiles has been developed during the eSkills Quality study for the European Commission. The final report of this study is available here.