Guide to CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI

This contains information about the “CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI” certification and the “LPIC-1 Certified Linux Administrator” certification. Both of these certifications have questions created by the Linux Professional Institute (“LPI”). According to LPI site's objectives page, the “102-400” and “LX0-104” certification “exams are identical; passing either exam will count as the” (necessary) “exam toward your LPIC-1”.

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By all means, there is a proper order to accomplish certain tasks. Perhaps the only reason to go for the LPIC-1 directly from LPI is if you get a chance to take advantage of LPI providing free examinations at a Linux convention. However, that will still just be an ability to take the first examination for free. Getting the certification would still require the second certification.

Otherwise, the correct order to do things is clearly this:

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CompTIA Linux+ requirements

The names of the required exam codes can be found on CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI home page (Exam Details). At the time of this writing in early 2018, the codes were LX0-103 and LX0-104. Each of those exams are 60 questions, with 90 minues available, and require a score of 500 to pass. Possible scores are as low as 200 and as high as 800.

CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI home page (Exam Details) has an “Exam Description” section which notes, “Candidates must pass LX0-103 before taking LX0-104.”

There is some indication that LPI will release new LPIC-1 exam versions around the start of the year 2019. CompTIA Linux+ is likely to make some sort of adjustments at that time. (If the arrangement remains similar, this will likely mean that an LX0-105 will correspond to a new LPIC-1 Exam 101, and an LX0-106 will correspond to a new version of the LPIC-1 Exam 102.)


The objectives have been published here. On the pages here that describe the objectives, there are references to where the objectives have been officially published.

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CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI
Some Other Info (English)

This was found in some old Versions of Objectives: “Moving forward, LPI anticipates a 5 year major version upgrade cycle (with complete JTA). At or around the 2.5 year mark, objectives will be updated to reflect the changes in Linux. The next version for LPIC-1 and LPIC-2” (after the old Version 3.0) was announced to “be 3.5 to reflect this half-way mark.”

Objectives Lists

(This includes some foreign versions, and objectives lists for some older versions...)

CompTIA Linux+
CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI LX0-103 and LX0-104 / LPIC-1 V4
CompTIA Linux+ [Powered by LPI] Certification Exam Objectives: LX0-104 - English (PDF file)
LPIC-1 Version 4
LPIC-1 Objectives Version 4 (Exam codes 101-400 and 102-400)
LX0-103 and LX0-104
Even older versions
LPIC-1 Exam 102 Objectives (Online)
English LX0-101 and LX0-102
Non-English (Older Releases)
Newer LPIC-1 Info
Practice Questions

At the time this comment was updated, the “Exam Objectives Version” was “Version 5.0”. The Exam codes were 101-500 and 102-500.

LPI's website has stated that passing the 101-400 was requried before the 102-400, and likewise CompTIA noted the LX0-103 was required before the lX0-104. However, a similar note has not yet been noticed for the LPIC-1 101-500 and LPIC-1 102-500.

This page is largely a list of the objectives for the CompTIA Linux+ examination, as well as some brief commentary and/or references to material that may also cover the topics in more detail.

See also: Providing professional services: Formal credentials: CompTIA Linux+.

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The “CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI” certification does require passing two examinations, as does the LPIC-1.

The retirement dates for “CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI” and LPIC-1 have both been set to the same date, which is July 1st, 2019.

For newer and older version(s), see: CompTIA Linux+