Linux Professional

The Linux Professional program is designed to help prepare students for a variety of industry-recognized Linux certification exams as well as provide practical hands-on skills for the work place. The program includes a core of Linux classes including Linux operating system basics, System Administration, Network Administration and Network Security. These classes will help develop a student`s knowledge and skill level in preparation for employment or to improve current professional skills. Objectives for a variety of industry certifications are encompassed within course and program objectives. 

Program Code

5204N Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Linux Professional

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Program Contacts

Dr. Sheila Brandt, CIS Department Day Chair
(480) 423-6256

Mr. Dan Combellick, CIS Department Evening Chair
(480) 423-6282

Mrs. Shayla Trickey, CIS Department Secretary
(480) 423-6588

Mrs. Sara Beakley-Mercill, CIS Academic Advisor
(480) 425-6737

Mrs. Susan Peterson, Division Chair
(480) 423-6289

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Program Notes:

Visit Admissions and Records or set up an advisement meeting with the CIS Academic Advisor.

Transfer Options

When the Linux Professional Certificate of Completion is combined with additional coursework resulting in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is part of the AAS to BAS (Bachelor of Applied Science degree) transfer program within Arizona. For more information on this transfer pathway program, review the transfer pathways website

In addition, most CIS courses will transfer in some capacity to universities and other institutions around the country. 


Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Install, configure, secure and administer Linux-based computers and computer network systems.

Representative job titles:

  • Linux-based Computer Support Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Computer Network Service Technician
  • Data Center Technician
  • Linux Network Administrator 
  • Linux System Administrator

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to increase by 11% from 2016 to 2026. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software.

“The median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $62,340 in May 2017.”

Learning Opportunities
  • Internships
  • Service-learning
  • Seminars
  • Technical Competitions