Certified Data Centre Professional

Course Code: CDCP

With few exceptions, enterprises today rely on IT for the delivery of business-critical services – often directly to the end consumer. It is therefore vital that the mission-critical data centre is designed, maintained, and operated with high availability and efficiency in mind. However, the fact is most data centres do not meet the full availability, capacity, safety, or efficiency requirements that are often demanded. The ever-changing technologies place even greater pressure on data centre managers, along with the faster pace at which these changes are required.

The CDCP® course is a 2-day course designed to expose participants to the key components of the data centre. It will address how to set up and improve key aspects such as power, cooling, security, cabling, safety, etc., to ensure a high-availability data centre.


After completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

– Choose an optimum site for a mission-critical data centre based on current and future needs.
– Describe all components that are important for high availability in a data centre and how to effectively set up the data centre.
– Name and apply the various industry standards.
– Describe the various technologies for UPS, fire suppression, cooling, monitoring systems, cabling standards, etc., and select and apply them effectively to cost-efficiently enhance the high availability of the data centre.
– Review the electrical distribution system to avoid costly downtime.
– Enhance cooling capabilities and efficiency in the data centre by using existing and new techniques and technologies for the increased cooling requirements of the future.
– Design a highly reliable and scalable network architecture and learn how to ensure installers apply proper testing techniques.
– Set up effective data centre monitoring ensuring the right people get the right message.
– Ensure proper security measures, both procedural and technical, are established to safeguard your company’s valuable information in the data centre.
– Select equipment racks and components suitable for ICT equipment and its cooling requirements.
– Select the correct light levels for the various areas of the data centre.
– Select appropriate fire safety/protection controls to detect and suppress potential fire.

There is no specific prerequisite for the CDCP® course. However, participants who already have at least one or two years’ experience in a data centre or facilities environment may be best suited. Those with no experience are also most welcome to participate.

The primary audience for the CDCP® course is IT, Facilities, or Data Centre Operations professionals working in and around the data centre (representing both end-customers and/or service providers/facilitators) and having responsibility to achieve and improve high availability and manageability of the Data Centre, such as:

– Data centre managers
– Operations / Floor / Facility managers
– Data centre engineers
– Network/system engineers
– Data centre sales/consultants

• Selecting appropriate sites and buildings and how to avoid pitfalls
• Various components of an effective data centre and supporting facilities setup

• Uniform, concentrated and rolling load definitions
• Applicable standards
• Raised floor guidelines
• Signal Reference Grid, grounding of racks
• Disability act and regulations
• Suspended ceiling usage and requirement

• Standards
• Light fixture types and placement
• Emergency lighting, Emergency Power Supply (EPS)

• Power infrastructure layout from generation to rack level
• ATS and STS systems
• Redundancy levels and techniques
• Three-phase and single-phase usage
• Power distribution options within the computer room
• Power cabling versus bus bar trunking
• Bonding versus grounding
• Common Mode Noise and isolation transformers
• Distribution boards, form factors and IP-protection grades
• Power quality guidelines
• Real power versus apparent power
• How to size and calculate load in the data centre
• Generators
• Static and dynamic UPS systems, selection criteria, how they operate and energy efficiency option
• Battery types, correct selection and testing
• Thermo-graphics
• Renewable Energy Factor (REF)

• Electrical fields and magnetic fields definitions and units of measurements
• Sources of EMF
• Effects of EMF on human health and equipment
• (H)EMP
• Standards
• EMF shielding solutions

• Rack standards, properties and selection criteria
• Security considerations
• Power rail/strip options

• Temperature and humidity recommendations
• Cooling measurement units and conversion rates
• Sensible and latent heat definitions
• Differences between comfort and precision cooling
• Overview of different air conditioner technologies
• Raised floor versus non-raised floor cooling
• Placement of air conditioner units and limitations to be observed
• Supplemental cooling options
• Cold aisle/hot aisle containment
• Liquid immersion cooling
• Cooling concepts: Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage (STER)

• Importance of water supply and application areas
• Backup water supply techniques

• The importance of a Structured Cabling System
• Planning considerations
• Copper and Fiber cable technology and standards
• ANSI/TIA-942 Cabling hierarchy and recommendations
• Testing and verification
• Network redundancy
• Building-to-building connectivity
• Network monitoring system requirements

• Standards for fire suppression
• Detection systems
• Various total flooding fire suppression techniques and systems, their benefits and disadvantages
• Handheld extinguishers
• Signage and safety
• Regulatory requirements and best practices

• Physical security considerations
• Physical safety considerations

• Data centre monitoring requirements
• Water leak detection systems
• Alarm notification
Length of exam 60 minutes
Number of questions 40 questions
Question format Multiple choice
Passing grade The passing mark is 27 out of 40
Testing center Online proctored /  Paper-based