Prepare for your Linux certification

Learn how to manage Linux-based network systems with this 18-credit-hour certificate. This program also prepares you to take the CompTIA Linux+ industry certification exam. Networking specialists are important members of an IT team as businesses expand networking to share resources and reduce expenses.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Computer Occupations, All Other

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  • Fundamentals of the Linux/Unix operating environments
  • Linux system server administration
  • Computer hardware and software installation, troubleshooting and configuration
  • LAN concepts
  • Network administration, management and security

Linux System Administrator Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Therezita Ortiz

Dr. James Stewart
Dean of Technology

Program Summary

This certificate program is designed to produce certified Linux administrators and engineers. Students will learn skills and perform tasks required to administer Linux networked servers. These skills include the design, implementation, networking, managing, maintaining, providing services, providing applications, and security of a Linux-based network environment.

Upon completion of the specified courses, students will be prepared to take industry certification, and upon successful completion of all coursework, students will be awarded a college certificate for this program. These courses will apply toward the AS degree in Computer Networking.

Some courses may require a prerequisite that must be met by the student.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0511100122: UNIX Linux System Administrator

Federal CIP Code

11.1001: Network and System Administration/Administrator.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Linux System Administrator
  • Linux End-user Specialist
  • Linux Support Specialist
  • Linux System Manager
  • Linux Application Developer

Complete 21 credits - Grade of "C" or better required

CET 1171C Computer Repair Essentials 3
CET 1172C Computer Support Technician 3
CNT 1000 Local Area Network Concepts 3
CTS 1327 Configuring and Administering MS Windows Client 3
CTS 2106 Fundamentals of the Linux/Unix Operating Environment 3
CTS 2321 Linux System Administration I 3
CTS 2322 Linux System Administration II 3
Total Credits 21

Industry Certifications

The Linux System Administrator Certificate prepares you for industry certification exam in CompTIA Linux+. (The cost of the exam is not included in your tuition.)


Our Linux System Administrator Certificate is part of and transfers to SPC's Associate in Science degree in Computer Networking. The A.S. degree transfers to SPC's Technology Development and Management B.A.S. Degree.

Sharpen your computer networking skills

We also offer short-term technology training through our Workforce Institute.

Linux System Administrator Certificate