Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute mentioned that LPI's major objective is that its affiliate in the region would be providing TTT that is 'train-the-trainer' programmes in order to certify instructors within participating academic institutions under this initiative. Additionally, it will support in recruiting LPI Approved Training Partners (LPI-ATP) and LPI Approved Academic Partners (LPI-AAP). The Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education through UMIC has also been working with Portugal's universities and polytechnics over the past five years to develop more than 60 professional training courses in ICT for more than 2,200 students.
A collaboration recently took place between the Linux Professional Institute Potrugal (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, and UMIC, the Knowledge Society Agency of Portugal's Ministry of Science, Technology and Education. This collaboration is to promote training and certification of professional skills in the use of Linux, open source technologies and free software in higher education institutions in Portugal.