Additionally, how much does each test cost?
I used these books:
and the following website:
Remember to try all the examples. You can't rote memorize this stuff, you have to understand it.
"Depending on where you take LPI exams, the cost will usually be the equivalent of $160 US dollars."
Remember the re-take policy:
- Anyone who takes an LPI exam once must wait one week before re-taking.
- Anyone who takes an LPI exam a second (and subsequent) time must wait 90 days before re-taking.
- Anyone who passes an LPI exam may not retake that exam for at least two years.
Be prepared to learn a lot of little factoids by heart. Get yourself a book (I used that one when I did LPIC1 back in 2007), and be sure to check out the sample questions in there. They give a pretty good image of what awaits you.
I think the cost for taking LPIC exams varies by territory.
Experiences of LPIC seem to vary wildly, personally I found that the first couple of LPIC examinations weren't challenging; you need to be able to remember a lot of mostly useless factoids which you'll rarely deploy from your administration arsenal in a professional capacity.
Moving onto LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 presents more challenges.
Would I say you need two years experience to pass the first one? Probably not. Any talented amateur who has actually used Linux on a daily basis for a few months can probably hack it, with a small amount of study :) The LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 require some real CLI experience and "advanced" knowledge.
Picking up LDAP early will also serve you well, most folks find it a bit of a 'head fsck' and not entirely intuitive yet it forms the foundation for LPIC-3 and, indeed, administration of any large scale environment with more than 40-50 servers, clients and users.