Linux Administrator Certificate

Learn Linux system administrator skills online and on-demand with personal facilitation.

2-course program: $1,800

The Linux 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 learn to create Bash and Korn shell scripts and develop solid grounding in the X Window System, and will also learn about essential commands, file system structure and navigation, and process creation and management. Students will 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.

Upon completion of this program, students will have developed an appropriate knowledge base and hands-on experience to pursue a Linux Essentials certification from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) after program completion. The student will have learned Unix environment fundamentals as well as shell scripting skills employed by power users. Additionally, the student will learn more advanced skills that are related to Linux system administration, and will gain a solid foundation of knowledge that would be helpful for the Linux Administrator certification from LPI. Regardless of whether or not students wish to pursue certification after program completion, students will have a skillset that enables them to perform support roles related to Unix/Linux, as well as entry-level Unix/Linux system administrator roles.

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

  • Gaining 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
  • Learning the skills, responsibilities and requirements for administering Linux servers
  • Installing and deploying an enterprise-level Linux server
  • Performing and modifying startup and shutdown processes
  • Setting up and maintaining basic networking
  • Setting specific file permissions on directories and files
  • Performing backups and restoration of files
  • Troubleshooting system problems
  • Configuring file sharing in heterogeneous network environments with CIFS (Samba)
  • Deploying a web server configuration
  • Understanding LAMP services for web use


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
Linux System Administration 35 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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