Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®)
1 October 2018
“Education beats at the heart of Sustainability” – Andrea Illy
Developing a sustainable data centre future involves meeting the needs of today whilst protecting the environment and resources for tomorrow.
The comprehensive Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) program is designed to provide in-depth knowledge into the steps required to evaluate, analyse, plan, implement and monitor a sustainability strategy for data centre facilities and operational capability.
Achieving sustainability will be evaluated from all angles with the overarching requirement to ensure the critical data centre facility continues to meet the needs of the business. The importance of implementing the correct strategic vision and business drivers required to establish a well-balanced and structured approach towards sustainability is explored. From initial business case and operational analysis of power distribution, cooling and IT hardware, and potential operational risk, to design innovation and implementing initiatives whilst appreciating both the business and operational challenges that may occur during this process. Maintenance strategies, continuous planning cycles and critical analysis against identified targets are also explored, in addition to the need to demonstrate proven ROI whilst identifying and capitalising the business, customer and social and environmental benefits.
This one-year program is based around supported online distance learning via a learning management system, providing flexibility and complete interaction at every step of the program. Learners will commit to 380 hours (equivalent of approximately 10 hours of study to the program each week) during term time, however this study can be taken at your own pace and undertaken at a convenient time for you. However, deadlines that are given for your assessed work are strict and must be met. Learners will be supported by the CNet Technical Team and dedicated Tutors with the aim of creating an enriched learning experience.
The program will involve case study exercises (requiring research), attendance of guest speaker webinars, undertaking research papers, participation in virtual panel discussions and a focused assessment paper.
This program is structured for senior data centre operational and facilities management, team leaders and senior engineers wishing to unite existing knowledge with new learning concerning achieving a sustainability focused strategy within their mission critical facility.
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The Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) program is 1 year in duration, and is split into three terms:
Term 1: – Understanding Sustainability and the Business Approach (100 hours) Starts – 1 October 2018
Term 2: – Technological and Operational Approach to Sustainability (120 hours) Starts – 1 February 2019
Term 3: – Implementing Sustainability (160 hours) Starts – 1 June 2019
At least five years’ of verifiable experience within the operational data centre environment, including a good awareness of business and operational strategies, policies, processes and procedures, financial considerations, power systems, cooling systems and IT infrastructure.
As a distance learner, you will also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.
The CDCSP® is designed to utilise existing data centre skills, knowledge and experience combined with new learning centred around technical collaboration and innovative approaches targeting sustainability within a data centre facility and the creation and implementation of a long-term sustainability strategy to support the business.
Benefits for Individuals
Demonstrate the highest level of technical knowledge and skills, supported by official certification and qualification, regarding the creation and implementation of a long-term data centre sustainability strategy to support the business. Have the technical ability to consider innovative approaches to achieve on-going sustainability.
Benefits for Businesses
Provide data centre operators with the ability to create and implement a strategic approach, supported with the technical knowledge, to attain sustainability across mission critical facilities.
You will also gain the following:
- Internationally and industry recognised BTEC Level 6 Diploma Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional
- Official Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) certification
- Use of CDCSP post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CDCSP
- Use of the CDCSP® logo
- Continual Professional Development (CDPs)
- IEEE Continual Education Units (CEUs)
What are the topics of this program?
- Understanding Sustainability and the Business Approach
Number of hours: 100
- The Need for sustainability and the impact upon the data centre sector
- A sustainable approach and the legislative drivers
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the wider impact to the data centre sector
- Establishing a data centre baseline and maximising assets
- Understanding the business needs and data centre limitations
- Business and operational benefits created by sustainability
- Creating a sustainable ethos through the business
- Establishing a business case for sustainability
- Business approach to sustainability
Additional work involved
- Technological and Operational Approach to Sustainability
Number of hours: 120
- The need for innovation and collaboration
- Reduction of human error by effective management and training
- Industry best practices and transformation programs
- Monitoring, analysis and automation of the physical infrastructure
- Evaluating traditional, alterative and renewable power sources
- Monitoring, analysing and optimising power distribution
- Monitoring, analysing and optimising cooling capabilities
- Monitoring, analysing and optimising IT hardware deployment
- Maintenance strategies
- Aligning the business, operations and technology to deliver a sustainable path for the future
Additional work involved
- Implementing Sustainability
Number of hours: 160
- Corporate sustainability and the core drivers
- Strategic and sustainable planning
- Developing and implementing sustainable strategies
- The strategic planning process
- Projecting levels of sustainable achievement
- Obstacles and challenges
- Monitoring, analysing and reporting sustainability improvements
- Continuous sustainability planning
- Certifications, standards and industry accreditations
Additional work involved