What is Linux+ Certification?
CompTia says, Linux+ is a vendor-neutral
certification, generic across distributions, that validates the
knowledge of individuals with a minimum of six to 12 months of practical
Linux experience. Professionals holding the CompTIA Linux+ credential
can explain fundamental management of Linux systems from the command
line, demonstrate knowledge of user administration, understand file
permissions, software configurations, and management of Linux-based
clients, server systems and security. When you receive your
certification through Linux+ preparatory courses at Harford Community
College, youíll have obtained a skill level and depth of knowledge to
successfully pass your exam and to confidently perform in a business
Why should I get certified?
It helps students get a foot in the door with either a prospective
employer or client. It lets others know your achievement level, and many
employers may use certification as either a condition for employment or
reward certifications earned with job advancement or promotions. It can
also provide a path to a variety of fulfilling and challenging Linux-related
careers, as well as provide foundational knowledge for additional
What kind of jobs can I qualify for and what salary can I expect?
Upon obtaining your certification, you can qualify for a number of
positions depending upon your background:
Database Development and Administration
Design and form databases so users can create data queries and
interpret results; manage growth of the database; keep data secure
and create security procedures; implement backup and recovery
processes; maintain system security and reliability.
Design, edit and develop audio, video, graphic and animations for
web and non-web uses. Use specialized software applications to
create digital media for kiosks, computer applications, websites,
print media, broadcast media and entertainment.
Troubleshoot and maintain desktop and laptop computers, computer
devices such as PDAs, computer peripherals, and other devices that
connect to a network or computer including cellular telephones, palm
computers, beepers, etc. Manage a LAN and administer the LAN server
for a small group.
Troubleshoot and maintain the wired, wireless or satellite network.
Includes data, voice and video transmission, routing and switching
on these networks. Requires working with integrated services and
multi-vendor products. Includes monitoring, maintenance, upgrades
Write, maintain, and update computer code. At the direction of a
senior programmer, perform computer programming for applications or
portions of applications. Requires knowledge of a computer program
including C, C++, Java, etc.
Design and write documentation and user guides for technology
equipment and systems such as computers, computer equipment, and
software products.. Research technology documentation requirements.
Design and write user manuals.
Web Development and Administration
Writing and debugging code as directed by Senior Programmers,
Software Engineers and/or Systems Analysts. Analyze, design,
develop, adapt, test and maintain computer and Internet-based
applications. Use development tools and programming languages in
creating and testing the software.
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Where do I get a job? Will you provide assistance?
Harford Community College offers counseling and assistance in your
job search. Advisors are available to help current students and
graduates with resume development and interview skills. Visit the
Academic Advising and Transfer
Services website or contact them at 443-412-2301.
How long is the Linux+ program? What will I learn?
The Linux+ program consists of one 14 week intensive training course
including both theoretical and practical knowledge of Linux-based
computers or one online self-paced course. Topics include the basics of Linux technology, maintenance of
a Linux system, system services, syntax and variables, editing commands,
web, database and networking. Students will do hands-on exercises, and take
quizzes and sample tests to prepare for the exam.
Linux+ Exam Requirements and Certificate
The Linux+ exams are written by CompTIA (Computer
Technology Industry Association). Certification is awarded for
successful completion of the examination, and not for completion of
preparation courses. There are no further Linux+ education requirements
or exams once the student has become certified. For more information on
scheduling exams, visit www.2test.com.
What are the Prerequisites?
Linux+ recommends an A+ or Network+ certification. Students interested in enrolling in this program should
attend Computer Counseling Night held at the beginning of the Fall
semester. Counseling Night is FREE to the public and instructors will be
available to answer questions.
Iím still not sure the computer field is for me. What should I do?
Attend Computer Counseling night held at the beginning of
Fall Semester on the Harford Community College Campus. Itís free to the
public. Computer training instructors will be there to speak with you
and help select the programs appropriate for you.
How much will this cost?
Costs vary depending on whether you require the A+ or Network+
Certifications and whether you take the face-to-face class or the online
class. See specific course listings and About Certification
Tests for fees.
Linux+ is not approved for Veteranís Administration Educational
benefits. For tuition assistance or loan deferment information, please
contact Finance and Accounting at 443-412-2207. For Presidential
Scholarship information, please contact Toni Mitchell at
For additional information, contact Pam Karwowski at 443-360-9108 or email