EPI Launches ANSI/TIA-942 Certified Consultant and Auditor Trainings

Singapore, 7 Jan 2014

EPI today released two new courses "Certified TIA-942 Design Consultant" (CTDC) and "Certified TIA-942 Internal Auditor" (CTIA). These courses are the first certified training in the world on the ANSI/TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standards for Data Centres. Before this, there was no benchmark to verify the capability of TIA-942 designers and auditors for the data centre. Customers have been left to their own assessment to determine the capability of the designers and auditors. Now, the data centre industry can use the CTDC and CTIA as references to validate the designers and auditors they work with and/or the data centre professionals they employ.

These two new courses comes under the 3rd track of EPI’s Data Centre Training Framework©, which is ‘Standards/Compliance’. EPI has a third course which will complete this track which is the “Certified TIA-942 External Auditor” (CTEA) which is under development right now. It is planned for release at the end of this year. All EPI’s courses are globally accredited by EXIN to ensure impartiality in the awards of the certificates and this include the CTDC and CTIA certifications.

“Nine months ago, in April 2013, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and (Enterprise Products Integration) EPI entered into a licensing agreement for EPI to build and conduct certified training courses for the ANSI/TIA-942 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standards for Data Centres,” said Edward van Leent, Chairman and CEO of EPI. “Our team of data centre experts and consultants have been working intensively to design and write the contents for thesecourses. We wanted to release the courses earlier but at EPI we have always been committed to delivering high quality programs that provides high value to our clients, so we decided to extend our development schedule to ensure that we meet that commitment and to ensure that these courses meet the quality of the accreditation and certification rules of EXIN.”

“EPI has been conducting audits based on the ANSI/TIA-942 standard ever since it was released and has conducted by far the largest number ANSI/TIA-942 related data centre audits in the world. EPI is also a member of TIA as well as the committee developing the ANSI/TIA-942 standard and is therefore uniquely positioned to develop these courses based on the standard and our audit experience,” said Edward van Leent. “Many consultants, designers, auditors, end-users, data centre operator/owners etc, don’t always fully understand the requirements of the standard or give it their own interpretation of what they think the requirements are.This has led to issues on quality of implementation and over- or under investments in data centres. This usually means money being wasted andmore than that, it puts companies at risk because of design/implementation issues giving availability expectations which are not aligned with the business requirements. Many data centre customers have indicated that they would like to have a training on the ANSI/TIA-942 to get a better understanding of the standard to ensure proper usage. These courses will help to raise the quality of ANSI/TIA-942 based implementations in the industry.”

The Certified TIA-942 Design Consultantand Certified TIA-942 Internal Auditor courses are being rolled out progressively to over 80 locations worldwide via EPI’s country offices and EPI partners’ training centers. For more details about the course contents/certifications and schedule, please visit www.epi-ap.com/training.
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About TIA 
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit www.tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI's Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

About EPI 
Enterprise Product Integration (EPI), with its corporate headquarters in Singapore, is a European origin company operating world-wide via direct operations and a large partner network. EPI's focus is on mission critical, high-availability environments. EPI gained an international reputation as a company offering an extensive range of Data Centre infrastructure services including Data Centre consultancy, audit, certification and training.

The Company has developed a reputation for high quality technical expertise, flexibility, innovative techniques, personal service and a powerful combination of capabilities and technologies.

Visit www.epi-ap.com for more details.

About EXIN
EXIN is a global provider of independent information management certification and accreditation. EXIN offer the most comprehensive portfolio of certificates and cooperate with hundreds of accredited partners worldwide, who provide training, develop courseware and manage examination centers. EXIN is ISO-certified (ISO 9001:2008). We operate according to ISO 17024, ISO 27001 and EN 45011. EXIN has certified close to 2 million individuals and continues to grow.

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