Top Certifications To Pursue In The Open Source Software Domain

Let’s take a look at a few of the certifications professionals can pursue in open source technology


Open source, as a technology, has been massively adopted by companies in recent years. Finding the right talent, though, is still a challenge for recruiters. 92% of hiring managers surveyed have reported difficulty finding open source talent, according to the latest 2021 Open Source Jobs Report by the Linux Foundation and EdX, with 97% of hiring managers saying that hiring open source talent is a priority.

In order to tap into the huge potential held by open source technologies, it is essential for tech professionals to pursue the right kind of certifications to build a solid career in this space. Let’s take a look at a few of these certifications professionals can pursue.


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Certifications from the Linux Foundation

The certifications from the Linux Foundation can be very helpful to jumpstart a career in Linux Kernel Internals and Development, Developing Applications For Linux, Developing Linux Device Drivers, etc. Here are a few certifications that the Linux Foundation provides that you should keep your eye on:

Developing Applications For Linux (LFD401)

This is for experienced developers required to be proficient in C programming and familiar with basic Linux utilities and text editors. Through this course, the students will get to learn about the tools and methods for developing C programs and systems programming under Linux. They will also learn debugging techniques, process management, Linux specific paid and system calls, among others. 

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Linux Kernel Internals and Development (LFD420)

This will provide experienced programmers with a good understanding of the Linux kernel. To pursue this course, students have to be proficient in the C programming language and basic Linux (UNIX) utilities (ls, grep and tar). They should also have knowledge of available text editors (.emacs, vi, etc.). This course will teach students how Linux is architected, how kernel algorithms work, hardware and memory management, how the kernel developer community operates and how to efficiently work with it, among other concepts. 

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Linux Kernel Debugging and Security (LFD440)

It is for experienced developers who want to understand the methods and internal infrastructure of the Linux kernel. It comes with hands-on exercises and demonstrations designed to give necessary tools to develop and debug Linux kernel code.

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Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration

Red Hat says that an IT professional who is a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration will possess the skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to create, configure and manage a cloud application platform using Red HatOpenShift. They will also be able to manage users and policies, control access to resources, create and manage applications, configure cluster scaling, etc. 

Red Hat says that the kind of people that may be interested in becoming a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration will be system administrators or developers who want to demonstrate their OpenShift Container Platform skills, and site reliability engineers who work in a DevOps environment and want to show their capabilities with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

To become a Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration, Red Hat recommends taking the Red Hat OpenShift I: Containers & Kubernetes (DO180) and Red Hat OpenShift Administration II: Operating a Production Kubernetes Cluster (DO280) courses.

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JFrog Artifactory DevOps Certification

This certification is for DevOps engineers to build their capabilities in the management of binary repositories, security, and CI/CD pipelines using Artifactory. After completing this certification, professionals will be able to show their expertise in DevOps practice to accelerate their careers. It is for DevOps engineers who have a fundamental knowledge of JFrog Artifactory, binary repository management and CI/CD pipelines.

The company says that the skills and abilities of Artifactory needed for this certification include describing key JFrog Artifactory features, configuring local, virtual and remote repositories in Artifactory, automating tasks in Artifactory using the REST API and the JFrog CLI, integrating CI servers with Artifactory, managing metadata and properties in Artifactory, troubleshooting common issues and logs, among others. 

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Database Administrator Certification, Developer Certification by MongoDB

MongoDB says that when one becomes MongoDB Certified, they will get exposure to MongoDB Certified Professionals Finder, where employers go to seek out their top-choice candidates.

General coding knowledge is needed for both of these certifications, along with fundamental database concepts, system programming, basic JavaScript programming, and fundamentals of software development.
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Sreejani Bhattacharyya
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