Linux System Administrator Certificate

Online, self-paced training that is focused on giving you the skills needed to succeed.

2-course program: $1,800

The Linux System Administrator certificate program provides a thorough introduction to UNIX and Linux fundamentals as well as essential administration skills required to maintain a Linux system in a networked business environment. Students will also learn to create Bash and Korn shell scripts and receive solid grounding in the X Window System. You will learn commands, file system structure and navigation, process creation and management as well as writing Korn and Bash shell scripts. You’ll be introduced to regular expressions and the power tools that use them including grep, sed, and awk. Admin topics include installing, configuring and maintaining an Enterprise Linux system, as well as planning and implementing backup strategies and configuring and deploying network services.

Online learning gives you the flexibility to plan study time around the rest of your day. Our programs combine video, hands-on lab exercises and one-on-one facilitation to enable you to learn as your schedule allows. Labs are performed via remote access to a dedicated lab machine (unless a student requests to utilize their own equipment). Our unique commitment to student success includes a personal instructor to assure that your courses are completed on time and with full understanding of both the lecture content and the lab exercises.

Click the Curriculum tab below for detailed pdfs about each course in the program. Each course pdf contains a description of the course as well as a course overview outlining all the topics covered in the course.

Course Advisors are available at 978.256.9077 to answer any questions you may have.

  • Get a general understanding of core operating system components such as the kernel, shell, and file system structure
  • Understand the login process
  • Learn the basics of command line syntax
  • Use the man pages to get information and help for commands
  • Working with secure shells
  • Using conditional constructs to control script execution
  • Manipulating strings
  • Using the ksh and bash commands
  • Learn the skills, responsibilities and requirements for administering Linux servers
  • Install and deploy an enterprise-level Linux server
  • Perform and modify startup and shutdown processes
  • Set up and maintain basic networking
  • Set specific file permissions on directories and files
  • Perform backups and restoration of files
  • Troubleshoot system problems
  • Configure file sharing in heterogeneous network environments with CIFS (Samba)
  • Deploy a Web server configuration
  • Understand LAMP services for Web
Required Courses Duration PDF
UNIX/Linux Fundamentals and Shell Scripting 35 hours
Linux System Administration 35 hours
  • A personal facilitator is assigned to you for each course, assisting with questions or issues that arise during your training.
  • You receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of class.
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees.


Once we receive your enrollment one of our Registrars will call you to confirm. Payment is due prior to the start of your first course. For multi-course certificate programs you can either pay in full or individually before the start of each course.

  • You receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides.
  • Logins will be sent to you for the lecture and lab portion of class.
  • An instructor will be assigned to you to help answer any questions regarding the class.

About Our Online Training Platform

  • Courses are designed to be a combination of lecture and comprehensive problem solving lab exercises
  • You are provided login credentials to view the course on any device whether it be a phone, tablet or computer
  • Lab exercises are performed via a dedicated lab machine
  • An instructor is assigned to assist you in completing lab exercises and to help with any questions about the course content
  • Our support team provides you with course selection guidance, personal course setup assistance and technical support
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