Data Centre Energy Practitioner – DCEP

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The course has been developed for individuals wishing to gain a comprehensive understanding of the US Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now programme and will give them the skills needed to perform accurate energy assessments in data centres.

At least one of the following is essential:

  • A four-year technical degree with three years of verifiable data centre design and/or operational experience
  • A two-year technical degree with six years of verifiable data centre design and/or operational experience
  • 10 years of verifiable data centre design and/or operational experience

Course Overview:

Energy efficiency is one of the major factors associated with the effective management of data centres and owners, operators and users are under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of energy they consume.

The US Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now programme has partnered with the data centre industry to develop a process whereby those working in this sector can become qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in their facilities.

The key objective of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) programme is to accelerate energy savings and is driven by the fact that significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate energy assessments. Becoming a qualified practitioner enables an individual to provide a consistency of approach and have credibility in their recommendations.

What will delegates get out of it?

Delegates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the US Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now programme and be able to perform accurate energy assessments using its DC Pro System Assessment Tools.

Course Structure:

DCEP consists of two courses that can be taken independently, but in this sequence:

  1. Level 1 Generalist one and a half day course
  2. Level 2 Specialist (HVAC) two-day course

There are two paths available for the Generalist & HVAC Specialist classes:

Track 1
Certifiable Track – this requires all the prerequisites to be met and for the exam to be undertaken.

Topics covered include benchmarking and metrics, equipment provisioning, component energy use and best practices, airflow and temperature management, cooling systems, electrical systems, and commissioning and monitoring.

Track 2
Training Track – this does not require any prerequisites to attend the classes but the exams cannot be undertaken. Once the prerequisites have been met then a delegate may sit the exam.

Topics covered include environmental requirements, airflow and temperature management, air handlers and air conditioning, liquid cooling options, configurations and best practices, optimising energy usage, data gathering, and calculating annual energy and energy cost savings.

The course is classroom based and led by one of CNet Training’s expert instructors. Delegates will be required to carry out a case study and a high level of student participations will be expected and encouraged. The course culminates with a final paper exam.

Post Completion:

Successful delegates gain Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) certification.

Data Centre Energy Practitioner (DCEP) at a glance

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This one-day course is intended for high-level practitioners and provides a broad overview of the four main data center disciplines: IT equipment, air management, electrical systems and cooling. Participants will also be introduced to the DC Pro suite of software. Topics include:

  • An introduction to benchmarking and metrics

  • IT Equipment provisioning, component energy use and best practices

  • Airflow and temperature management – best practices

  • Air and liquid-cooling systems / central chilled water – best practices

  • Electrical systems, right-sizing and redundancy – best practices

  • Commissioning, monitoring and controls
  • DOE DC profiler example – live demo

Prerequisites

Experience in all or one of the following is essential:

  • A four-year technical degree with three (3) years verifiable data center design and/or operation experience
  • A two-year technical degree with six (6) years verifiable data center design and/or operation experience
  • Ten (10) years verifiable data center design and/or operation experience

You must have completed and passed the DCEP Generalist course.

Topics include:

  • Environmental requirements: recommended and allowable ranges
  • Advanced airflow & temperature management
  • DOE DEC Pro air-management tool introduction and overview
  • Air handlers and air conditioning best practices
  • Liquid cooling options, configurations and best practices
  • Optimizing energy usage in chilled water plants and best practices
  • Cooling system data gathering, monitoring and control
  • On-site assessment planning and measurement
  • Modeling data center HVAC systems
  • Calculating annual energy and energy cost savings

Prerequisites

Experience in all or one of the following is essential:

  • You must have completed and passed the DCEP Generalist course
  • 4 year technical degree with 3yrs verifiable DC design/operation experience
  • 4 year non-technical degree with 5 years verifiable DC design/operation experience

Experience also in one of the following is essential:

  • Hold a PE Mechanical; PE (Professional Engineer or local equivalent
  • Hold a CEM by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE); CEM
  • Successfully completed the CDCDP™ by CNet Training

Qualifications

  • Data Centre Energy Practitioner (DCEP) certification

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