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Canonical Ubuntu Essentials

Skills-based access to top careers

Reliable, relevant, and convenient certifications provide the steps to your professional growth. You choose the pace.

Develop and certify essential skills on Ubuntu, the world's most popular Linux OS.

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Why certify?

Ubuntu is the world's most popular open source OS for both development and deployment, from the data centre to the cloud to the Internet of things. So whether you are trying to pave your way into the tech field, or looking to upgrade your career or prove your skills, Canonical Credentials give you access to top enterprise organisations all over the world.

Start your journey toward systems administration or prove your advanced power user skills to prospective employers.

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What's included?

Prove relevant skills with industry-vetted exams

Test your knowledge of industry-selected and vetted skills and topics with exams developed using expert feedback and rigourous methodology. Challenge yourself, expand your skill set, and gain access to new career heights. The official Canonical Ubuntu Essentials badges will certify your knowledge and recognise you as an industry expert.


Real-life hands-on testing

Exam questions simulate a real life problem or task that can be part of the day to day of a professional working in an Ubuntu environment. Real-world environments provide a familiar setting to showcase your problem-solving skills.


Your pace, your choice, your convenience

Your career path: now with stepping stones! Hour-long Quick Certifications (QCs) help you take the exams most relevant to you when you need them. Earn the badges you need without spending time and energy you don't have. Stack Quick Certifications to build your way to more advanced credentials and prove the depth and breadth of your expertise.

Complete Canonical Ubuntu Essentials Syllabus

CUE.01 Linux Quick Certification (QC)

Prove your basic operational knowledge of Linux by demonstrating your ability to secure, operate and maintain basic system resources. Topics include user and group management, file and filesystem navigation, and logs and installation tasks related to system maintenance.


CUE.02 Desktop Quick Certification (QC)

Demonstrate your knowledge of Ubuntu Desktop administrative essentials. Topics include package management, system installation, data gathering, and managing printing and displays.

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CUE.03 Server Quick Certification (QC)

Illustrate your knowledge of common Ubuntu Server administrative tasks and troubleshooting. Topics include job control, performance tuning, services management, and Bash scripting.

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