Candidate Requirements

Linux Foundation Certification Exams are delivered online and are closely monitored by a proctor during the exam session via streaming audio, video and screensharing feeds. The screensharing feed allows proctors to view candidates' desktops (including all monitors). The audio, video, and screen sharing feeds will be stored for a limited period of time in the event that there is a subsequent need for review.

System Requirements

Candidates must provide their own computer with:

  • Current version of Chrome or Chromium

    • you don’t need to install a virtual machine, use a client machine, or anything beyond a Chrome or Chromium browser

    • Make sure you have third party cookies turned on for the duration of the exam.

  • Reliable internet access

    • Ensure others on the same internet connection are not performing activities that use excessive bandwidth (i.e. holding conference calls, streaming content, gaming, etc.)

    • A wired connection is often more stable and robust than a wireless connection

    • Turn off bandwidth-intensive services (e.g. file sync, dropbox, BitTorrent)

  • Microphone

    • Please check to make sure it is working before you start your exam session.

  • Webcam

    • Ensure the webcam is capable of being moved as the proctor may ask you to pan your surroundings to check for potential violations of exam policy.

    • Try holding up your ID while viewing your webcam feed to ensure your placement and resolution are sufficient for the person viewing your feed to read your ID.

    • If you will be testing from an employer-provide ISP or will use an employer provided machine, please ensure that streaming will be allowed using WebRTC.

Hardware Compatibility Check

Candidates should run the compatibility check tool provided by the Exam Proctoring Partner to verify that their hardware meets the minimum requirements. The tool is located at https://www.examslocal.com/ScheduleExam/Home/CompatibilityCheck. Select “Linux Foundation” as the Exam Sponsor and select your Exam Code (e.g. CKA, LFCS, JSNAD etc)

LF Account

Candidate should have their own LF account. For more details on how to create LF account, please refer to Creating LF Account.

Testing Environment Requirements

Below are the expectations for an acceptable testing location::

  • Clutter-free work area

    • No objects such as paper, writing implements, electronic devices, or other objects on top of surface

    • No objects such as paper, trash bins, or other objects below the testing surface

  • Clear walls

    • No paper/print outs hanging on walls

    • Paintings and other wall décor is acceptable

    • Candidates will be asked to remove non-décor items prior to the exam being released

  • Lighting

    • Space must be well lit so that proctor is able to see candidate’s face, hands, and surrounding work area

    • No bright lights or windows behind the candidate

  • Other

    • Candidate must remain within the camera frame during the examination

    • Space must be private where there is no excessive noise. Public spaces such as coffee shops, stores, open office environments, etc. are not allowed.

Co Located Exams

If multiple Candidates are taking an exam at the same time in one location, then at least four feet (1.2 meters) of empty space on all sides must be enforced or privacy partitions must be installed.

Certification and Confidentiality Agreement

Candidates must accept the terms and conditions of the Linux Foundation Global Certification and Confidentiality Agreement during the registration process and again prior to testing.

The agreement is located at https://docs.linuxfoundation.org/tc-docs/certification/lf-cert-agreement

This is a legally-binding agreement that applies to all exams. Acceptance and adherence to this agreement is required in order to be exposed to the exam and to be officially certified. Failure to accept the terms of this agreement will result in a terminated exam and forfeiture of the entire exam fee.