Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP®)

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  CDCP® Overview

The CDCP® (Certified Data Centre Professional) is a 2-day course is designed to expose participants to the key components of the data centre.

CDCP® training will address how to setup and improve key aspects such as power, cooling, security, cabling, safety etc. to ensure a high-available data centre. 

CDCP® is the first training in the EPI Design and Build training track under the EPI Data Centre Training Framework.

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The primary audience for the CDCP® course is an IT, Facilities or Data Centre Operations professional working in and around the data centre (representing both end-customers and/or service provider/facilitators) and having responsibility to achieve and improve hi-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.


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 just yet are most welcome to participate.

  Course Benefits

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

  • Choose an optimum site for mission-critical data centre based on current and future needs

  • Describe all components that are important for highavailability in a data centre and how to effectively setup 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 to 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

  • Setup 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

  Course Syllabus

The Data Centre, It’s Importance and Causes for Downtime

Data Centre Standards and Best Practices

Data Centre Location, Building and Construction

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

Raised Floor/Suspended Ceiling

  • 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

  • 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)

Electro Magnetic Fields

  • 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

Equipment Racks

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

Cooling Infrastructure

  • 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)

Water Supply

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

Designing a Scalable Network Infrastructure

  • 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

Fire Safety/Protection

  • 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 and Safety

  • Physical security considerations
  • Physical safety considerations

Auxiliary Systems

  • Data centre monitoring requirements
  • EMS, BMS and DCIM
  • Water leak detection systems
  • Alarm notification

  Delivery Structure and Methods

The CDCP® course is lectured by an EPI Certified Instructor using a combination of lectures and question-and-answer sessions to discuss participants’ specific needs and issues experienced in their own environment.  Participants are able to tap into the trainer’s extensive experience to enable them to solve practical problems in their current environment, thus adding tremendous value.

CDCP® course available in the following delivery methods:

Students can opt for additional exam-preparation with online video (14 hours).


Exam: Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP®)

Attendees will take a 1-hour CDCP® exam. The exam is 40 questions, multiple-choice, closed-book. The passing mark is 27 out of 40. 

  Certification & Accreditation

Attendees passing the exam will be awarded the internationally accredited and recognized 'Certified Data Centre Professional' (CDCP®) certificate.  

CDCP® is globally accredited by EXIN, a fully independent exam and certification institute.

The CDCP® certificate is valid for 3 years, after which recertification is required.  Please see the EPI Recertification Program for available options.

  Download Brochure

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  CDCP® Resources

  1. Watch the CDCP Sneak Peek webinar (on-demand)
  2. CDCP, The Leading Globally Recognised Training and Certification for Data Centre Professionals
  3. Seven Things You Should Know About The Data Centre Facility Infrastructure
  4. Create your own personalised data centre career plan
    If you are wondering what is the next step in your career and how to prepare for it, use the DCPT (Data Centre Career Planning Tool) to help you create a data centre career plan! Click here > DCPT.

  5. CDCP exam guide
    Click here to download.

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