Obsidian will soon commence official training for the 'Ubuntu Certified Professional' programme.

Obsidian has concluded an agreement with Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux that allows for the company to provide training beginning March 2008.
Robin Edser, Obsidian Open Systems Architect, comments: “It is fantastic that Ubuntu has reached the level where relevant certified training has become available for Linux professionals. Obsidian looks forward to providing this in the South African market and contributing to the growth in use of Ubuntu Linux in professional applications.”
Obsidian will be providing both Ubuntu Professional Courses 1 and 2, which will assist System Administrators to pass the required Linux Professional Institute (LPI) 101 and 102 and Ubuntu 199 exams in order to achieve the Ubuntu Certified Professional certification. These courses are two of a series of classroom and e-learning courses available for Ubuntu Linux professionals.
An increasing number of corporations worldwide are turning to Ubuntu, the world's fastest growing Linux distribution,  as a solution for their server and desktop requirements. The training ensures that professionals acquire the tools which will enable them to administer those deployments.
“South Africa has made great strides with open source and Linux since its inception and we are delighted by the growth in demand for Ubuntu-based solutions and professionals” says Chris Kenyon, Business Development Director at Canonical. “The Obsidian Grouphas pioneered Linux education and consultancy services in South Africa and is the first to partner with Canonical on Ubuntu certified training in the region. We are confident that they will provide excellent service to a great number of companies and professionals across South Africa.”