Information Technology: Linux Operating System Certificate

Cerro Coso IWV campus

What can I do with this?

The Information Technology: Linux Operating System Certificate

  • Provides students with a working knowledge of Linux administration by designing, analyzing, administering and supporting computer systems and networks including end-user stations and servers.
  • Prepares students with a thorough understanding of system administration from a command-line interface.
  • Prepares students for careers in network administration, system administration, Linux administration, and database administration.
  • Prepares students to transfer to a Baccalaureate program in Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems or related programs.

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates degree.
  • Enhance career opportunities as a:
    • Network Administrator
    • System Administrator
    • Linux Administrator
    • Database Administrator

As technology advances, computer specialists are in more demand than ever before. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the computer information systems profession will grow at a faster than average rate through 2020, by 22 percent.

What will I learn?

  • Demonstrate Linux basic foundations including concepts of installation, operations, and maintenance of the Linux Operating System.
  • Design, analyze, and support computer networks.
  • Configure common network service clients on Linux servers, including automated installation with Kickstart, task scheduling, the configuration of NFS and SMB networking storage, and configuration of centralized authentication and enhanced security.
  • Apply support strategies in client computing and user support, including the ability to configure, install, diagnose, and support hardware and software issues.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.


Complete all of the following courses:

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 16.0 units and will likely take 2 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

16.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $736 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $960* for books and supplies

Total cost $1,696 for 2 semesters


16.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $6,000 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $960* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,960 for 2 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.