UNIX Developer Certificate

Learn UNIX developer skills online and on-demand with personal facilitation.

3-course program: $2,700

The UNIX Developer certificate program includes coverage of UNIX/Linux fundamentals as well as a comprehensive introduction to the ANSI C language. Topics include command line syntax, file system structure and navigation, as well as coverage of writing Korn and Bash shell scripts. In the C Programming course, students are introduced to fundamental data types, flow control, standard function libraries as well as coverage of structured programming constructs and varargs functions. The final course allows students to choose from either C++ or Java programming.

Upon completion of the UNIX Developer certificate program, students will have developed an appropriate knowledge base and hands-on development experience to pursue an entry-level C programming position in the workforce. The student could also pursue an entry-level C++ or Java Programming position, depending on which optional course is taken. Students will be able to work as a developer in these languages in either a Windows or UNIX environment, since the program covers UNIX environment fundamentals as well as shell scripting. If desired, a student would have sufficient knowledge to pursue a Linux Essentials certification from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) after program completion. The C programming skills picked up during the on-demand certificate program also provide a solid foundation of knowledge for the C Programming Language Certified Associate exam, if a student wishes to pursue certification for that.

On-Demand 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 with full understanding of both the lecture content and the lab exercises, and also to serve as a resource when you have questions or need assistance with lab work. For a short video with more information about our on-demand training, please click here.

At Bright Star, we are happy to find out your personal career goals, and to discuss your personal situation to determine which IT and programming certificate programs are a good fit for you. Course Advisors are available at 978.256.9077 to answer any questions you may have, or you may request information here.

Program Overview

  • Getting a general understanding of core operating system components such as the kernel, shell, and file system structure
  • Understanding the login process
  • Learning the basics of command line syntax
  • Using 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
  • C Language basics and development environment
  • Fundamental data types, storage classes and scope
  • Using Operators and expressions
  • Flow control constructs
  • Basic character and formatted I/O
  • Using C functions, arrays, strings and character manipulation
  • Accessing Command Line Arguments and environment variables
  • C Runtime Library Standard I/O functions
  • Writing programs in either C++ or Java


Students who do not have any programming experience may elect to attend the Introduction to Programming Concepts course at no additional charge.

Required Courses Duration PDF
UNIX/Linux Fundamentals and Shell Scripting 35 hours
C Programming 35 hours

Choose one of the following additional required courses.

Additional Required Courses Duration PDF
C++ Programming for C Programmers 28 hours
Java Programming 35 hours

Optional courses can be added to the base certificate track for an additional $900 each.

Optional Course Duration PDF
Object Oriented Analysis & Design with UML 28 hours

Getting Started

Feel free to call us to discuss your desired curriculum – one of our advisors will be happy to discuss your training objectives and confirm that your goals and selected courses align. Your advisor will assist you in customizing the appropriate track to your personal situation.

After enrollment and speaking to your advisor, payment can be made anytime prior to your chosen start date for your first course. For multi-course certificate programs, you may pay for each course as you start it (pay as you go). Financing is also available.

  • You will receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides.
  • Login credentials will be sent to you for the lecture portions and lab portions of class.
  • A personal facilitator will be assigned to you for each course, assisting with questions or lab issues that arise during your training.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of class.
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees.


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
  • You receive electronic copies of the student and lab guides for each course
  • 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
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees
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