Linux+ Certification Training, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Possible career opportunities for those with a CompTIA® Linux+ certification include Linux Administrator, Junior Cloud Engineer, Junior DevOps Support Engineer, Technical Support Specialist, Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, Web Administrator/ Developer, Cybersecurity Engineer, Linux Engineer. Tasks associated with these positions include install, configure, and maintain computer networks; perform system monitoring; analyze network and server resource consumption and control user access; and install and upgrade software and maintain software licenses.

This program prepares students to take the CompTIA® Linux+ Certification exam and for a career in computer network support. Learn to install the Linux operating system, configure hardware and software, manage storage in a Linux environment, automate and schedule jobs, apply security best practices, and configure firewalls and logging services.

Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners, have strong analytical skills, the ability to take direction, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member.

According to U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 10% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland. Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 1,180.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach​

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate the ability to install and configure a boot loader,

2. create Linux partitions and manage Linux file systems,

3. demonstrate the ability to automate and schedule jobs,

4. apply the appropriate user and/or group permission and ownership,

5. demonstrate the ability to configure appropriate access and authentication methods,

6. propose security best practices in a Linux environment,

7. demonstrate the ability to configure Linux firewalls.

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will earn a CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential:

Students will be prepared to take the CompTIA® Linux+ Certification exam

Certifying Organization:

Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA®)​

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

​2 semesters (28 – 32 weeks) – not including prerequisites

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Students must be computer literate, have strong computer skills, and have access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public School Blueprint funding.

Recommended: A+ courses, background or certification.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, and demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning.  A total of 37.5 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




or PCA615

(if hybrid)

Shared with Credit class DCOM101 

Networking and Data Communications



Digital Materials


Course Series

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




or PCA627 (if hybrid) 

Shared with Credit class DCOM142

Linux Fundamentals



The Official CompTIA Linux+ Student Guide; CompTIA; $65.33

CompTIA Labs for Linux+ (Access Key); CompTIA; $79




or PCO304 (if hybrid)

Shared with Credit class DCOM224

Advanced Linux Administration 50 Same as PCA 623 $729
Course Series Totals:   87.5 $144.33 $1,298

Course Series & Prerequisite Totals:





Additional Information

Additional Expenses:

CompTIA Linux+ Certification exam = $358


Additional Offerings:

Students pursuing certification in Linux often enroll in the following computer related classes: A+ Certification, Network+ Certification, Security+ Certification, and PenTest+ Certification.


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Program Contact Information

​Coordinator: TBA

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville| BESS |100