Now it’s time for Future Cert to celebrate

It’s been a great year for Linux. We’re just winding down from all the 25th anniversary celebrations. What with the launch of Linux 25 years ago in August and the first Kernel release 25th birthday in October, there has been so much to celebrate.

This got us thinking…what have we got to celebrate this year? Future Cert isn’t 25 years old like Linux, in fact we’re only just over a year old.

But being the LPI’s UK and Ireland representative in the UK has kept us pretty busy over the last year. Here are some of the things we want to celebrate:


  • We have made eight strong LPI Partnerships in the UK and Ireland. A mix of colleges, universities and businesses that offer LPI training and Certification in conjunction with Future Cert.
  • We attended and spoke at the BelFOSS Conference. Future Cert Owner Bill Quinn gave a great speech on Open Source careers, jobs and Certification.
  • We developed a new level 2, fully-funded IT qualification, with awarding body TLM. Open Systems Management enables apprentices to gain both an academic qualification and an industry-recognised IT Certification.  Aimed at employers and apprenticeship providers, the new qualification is fully-funded with £941 of funding from the Skills Funding Agency available.
  • We joined the Open Source Consortium. This is the UK’s Open Source industry association representing the open source business community across the UK. It means we can be an active, vocal part of the OSC as well as working with its many members in encouraging the UK marketplace to ‘go open source’!
  • We attended the LPI Global Summit for the first time.
  • We joined in the effort during National Coding Week to help all ages discover coding and IT for the first time. Whilst we’re not really in the business of coding, we created a simple video – a beginner’s guide to coding a Raspberry Pi – a device run on Linux!


That’s quite a lot to be pleased about for now, and if you’re wondering what our plans are for the next 25 years, take a look at our previous blog post that sets out the Future Cert Mission Statement.