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Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Proctor Training

e-Learning Africa Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


30th April 2011

The Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) in cooperation with GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and ICDL Foundation of South Africa invites interested individuals to participate in an LPI proctor training session which will be conducted during the e-Learning Africa Conference to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, between 25th - 27th May at the Mlimani Conference Centre.

This call is therefore targeted at individuals who already have plans to attend the e-Learning Africa Conference in Dar es Salaam. We urge those who are participating in the ict@innovation programme to encourage people who fit this profile to apply.

This course will qualify participants to become LPI exam proctors in their respective countries. The Linux Professional Institute is the leading Linux certification body in the world.

Background - Why become an LPI Proctor?

A major barrier against adoption and deployment of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in sub-Saharan Africa is the lack of human resources with FOSS skills. The ict@innovation programme aims to address this problem by qualifying trainers, so that these trainers in turn will be able to multiply their expertise for a self-sustaining development of FOSS human resources, by offering FOSS training and certification in their own countries. One of the major interventions that we have achieved is negotiating for lower exams fees from the LPI. In order for this to be possible, the LPI is now delivering paper-based exams in the regions where we are operating. These paper based exams need to be proctored (supervised) as opposed to computer based exams. It is here that we need to recruit responsible exam proctors who can be relied upon to supervise the examination delivery process.

What´s in it?

Being an LPI proctor under the ict@innovation programme is mainly a voluntary endeavour. It should be looked at as a contribution to the development of the use of FOSS in Africa. However, the proctor can be paid a small allowance by the exam hosting centre during each exam lab based on mutual agreement. For institutions participating in the ict@innovation programme and planning to offer LPI training and certification, it is therefore important that they nominate proctors from among their staff members so that they can make the delivery of their training and certification as affordable as possible.

About the LPI

The Linux Professionals Institute (LPI) community certification program is a non-distribution specific program that certifies the competency level of Linux practitioners. It has three levels. Please see this link for more details.

Background of ict@innovation - Creating Business and Learning Opportunities with Free and Open Source Software in Africa

The programme focuses on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) as a key technology to drive innovation, add local value and create sustainable and affordable ICT-solutions. ict@innovation is a partnership of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. GIZ was formed on 1 January 2011 and it brings together the long-standing expertise of DED, GTZ and Inwent (For further information, go to ICT@innovation aims to enhance regional networking and to strengthen consulting capacities of regional and national ICT associations and training institutions as well as of other change agents. Funding partners are the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

Linux Admin Certification in Africa - the ict@innovation Training of Trainers Programme (Pillar B)

This pillar of the ict@innovation programme aims to help African SMEs involved in Open source Solutions development, implementation and training to improve the quality of their solutions offering through certification of their FOSS skills. The project partners have appreciated the importance and urgency of increasing the number of Linux systems administrators on the African continent so as to have a bigger impact on the uptake of FOSS on the continent.

To achieve this, the program is implementing the following interventions:

  • Support the development of open content Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPI) training material.

  • Offer Training of Trainers to individuals in the participating countries, leading to the LPI exams for certification.

  • Support the trainers to deliver the LPI training and certification in their countries and institutions as a business model.


We are looking to form a network of proctors who fit the following profile:

  • Must be lecturers or educators in reputable Universities or educational institutions in Africa.

  • Not necessarily an ICT lecturer or trainer

  • Must not be planning to write the LPI exams in the following 3 years

  • Must be interested to promote the use of Free and Open Source Software

In particular, we encourage applications by candidates who are associated with organisations such as:

  • ICT training institution with (public or private)

  • University/ Higher Education Institution.

  • FOSS association or group / ICT association

  • Institutions that are already participating in the ict@innovation programme


As an LPI Proctor, you will be responsible for the following activities:

  1. Taking delivery of exam papers from LPI

  2. Ensuring the safety of the exams

  3. Supervising exams to ensure that they are done according to standards as set by LPI

  4. Collecting and sending the exam sheets back to LPI for marking

If you are interested, please send an email to the following individuals and indicate your country and institution:

Evans Ikua – FOSS Certification Manager, ict@innovation: ikua[at] and copy to: George Nyambuya – Africa Coordinator, ict@innovation: george.nyambuya[at]

Join ict@innovation and become a community member!

We would like to ask you to become a member of the ict@innovation community by registering on the ict@innovation website and creating a profile, indicating your interests and skills in FOSS. This will enable you to contribute to the Website Fora and Wikis, to join in a knowledge exchange with other persons interested in FOSS and/or involved in the ict@innovation programme. Please register here:

You are also welcome to join the certification mailing list by going to this link:

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