CSX Linux Application and Configuration Certificate Exam

Demonstrate your Linux mastery.

Difficulty: Beginner CSF Domain: Identify


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The CSX Linux Application and Configuration Certificate Exam assesses candidates understanding of Linux operating systems, commands, and capabilities.  The two-hour exam is a real-time, hands-on exam which challenges students to demonstrate their skill set in a live environment.


This two-hour exam contains no multiple-choice questions or simulations and intentionally restricts access to the internet. Where applicable, man pages and help files are available.

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit Count: 4 (2 CPEs per examination hour) when a passing score is achieved.



Candidates must complete tasks of varying durations with minimal instruction while navigating between multiple virtual machines and are expected to:


Demonstrate an ability to:

  • Leverage the Linux shell
  • Implement basic Linux directory structure
  • Use key navigation commands
  • Implement basic commands
  • Leverage hard and symbolic links
  • Implement advanced commands
  • Manipulate files and file contents
  • Redirect the Linux Standard Input / Output
  • Utilize TAB-Autocomplete functionality
  • Switch between consoles for multi-tasking
  • Add and remove users and groups
  • Setup a NIC within the CLI
  • Edit networking configuration files
  • View routes and networking rules
  • Monitor network functionality
  • Leverage the aptitude package management system
  • Use Aptitude to find, install, and remove packages
  • Conduct file management with archive utilities
  • Compile an executable


Students must be comfortable leveraging Linux terminal tools and interfaces.

Students wishing to gain training for the exam may find it here.