Certified Data Center Energy Professional (CDCEP®)

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Program Overview

Learn how to create an energy efficiency plan for your data center. Includes creation, implementation, analysis and formulating recommendations with the ultimate objective of reducing energy use and carbon emissions.

Combined with ever-rising wholesale energy prices and legislation that penalizes those using excessive amounts of electricity and the impact of carbon emissions; energy and more importantly, energy efficiency, is now an issue that is foremost in the minds of those operating within the data center space.

The Certified Data Center Energy Professional (CDCEP®) program teaches expertise in energy efficiency and provides the tools to make a significant contribution to the energy strategy and effectively deal with, and manage, energy related issues and energy efficiency.

Learners will discover how to strategically plan, design and implement an energy plan for data center facilities, focussing on energy efficiency. They will be introduced to current energy profiler tools and models to analyze site data and formulate a comprehensive action plan to implement real energy savings potential and capacity reclamation.

The use and distribution of power will be explored considering computer systems, servers, networking and other IT equipment and how usage can quickly spiral out of control when not being measured, monitored and maintained correctly. In addition the use of redundant and back-up power infrastructure will be analyzed considering the power utilization for air-conditioning, fire suppression, security, alarms and other supporting systems. These types of high power, high density equipment all placing additional burden on the power supplied and cooling systems.

The CDCEP® program content is continually updated to reflect the key industry energy efficiency developments and takes into account the requirements of the latest version of the EU Code of Conduct in Data Centers and the US DoE Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP).

It also takes into account the requirements of BS EN 50600 and TIA 942-B standards, industry best practice documentation and codes of conduct. During the program learners will also have access to current standards for reference purposes.

This program is a must for all Data Center Managers, Operations Managers, Facilities Managers, IT & Network Managers and supporting departments responsible for improving the energy efficiency of all the data center environments whilst meeting regulatory demands.

The CDCEP® is classroom based and led by one of CNet’s expert Instructors.

Program Content

The CDCEP® Program consists of 778 pages of rich technical content of learning and reference material.

Learner Profile

Designed to provide an unrivaled knowledge concerning energy provision, use and management. This program is targeted at individuals who are responsible for the management and use of energy whilst focussing on using energy wisely, while reducing CO2 emissions and saving money. The program covers in-depth issues on a wide range of relevant topics and is constantly updated to reflect the latest trends and issues.

Program Duration

The Certified Data Center Energy Professional (CDCEP®) program is 7 days in duration, however it can be split into two units and taken separately:

The Certified Data Center Energy (CDCE®) – Core Unit is a 3 day unit

The Certified Data Center Energy (CDCEP®) – Professional Unit is a 4 day unit

You must successfully complete the (CDCE®) core unit before moving on to the (CDCEP®) professional unit.


Experience of working within a data center environment is essential.

Program Requirements

Learners are required to bring a laptop with internet connectivity.

Program Objectives

The CDCEP® is designed to provide an unrivaled knowledge and forward thinking approach to energy provision, use and management.

Those with the CDCEP® certification can demonstrate advanced knowledge and a holistic approach to improving energy efficiency potential in a data center through the creation of a comprehensive, future-ready and sustainable energy strategy. Through implementation of the structured action plan they can provide long-term carbon reductions and financial savings, whilst continuing to meet the on-going requirements of the business and regulatory demands.

You will also gain the following:

  • Official Certified Data Center Energy Professional (CDCEP®) certification
  • Internationally and industry recognized BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma Certified Data Center Energy Professional
  • Use of CDCEP post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CDCEP
  • Use of the CDCEP® logo
  • Continual Professional Development (CPDs)
  • 7 IEEE Continual Education Units (CEUs)

“The CDCEP® program gives a very good understanding of energy, where it is used within a data center from utility through to IT and explores how to improve energy efficiency & reduce costs, including best practices & new technology developments. A very worthwhile program.”
- Environmental Services Manager – Multi-national logistics company

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What are the topics of this program?
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  • Need for Energy Efficiency?
    • CO2 Emissions issues
    • Impact of increased energy demand
    • Data center constraints
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • How a data center can benefit from CSR
    • Implementation of ISO 26000
  • Energy Audits
    • Understanding the benefits of an energy audit
    • Energy audit process
    • Primary audit environments
    • Actions to improve energy efficiency
  • Energy Evaluation
    • Understanding energy consumption
    • Identification of areas of concern
    • Evaluation and modeling sources
  • Achievable Expectations & Energy Forecasting
    • Achievable expectations
    • Adoption of industry best practices
    • Analysis and calculations
    • Forecasting growth
  • Energy Metrics
    • Need for metrics
    • Deploying the correct energy metric
    • Current industry metrics
    • New proxy metrics
  • Capacity Reclamation
    • Understanding design parameters
    • Importance of the four key constraints
    • Decommissioning
    • Capacity management
  • KPIs & Metrics
    • Defining KPIs
    • Selecting and preparing KPIs
    • KPI measuring models
  • Business Continuity
    • Business continuity considerations
    • Site selection considerations
    • Energy efficiency considerations
  • Energy Strategy
    • Energy efficiency policy
    • Energy efficiency strategy
    • Energy action plan & management review
  • Energy Efficiency Plan
    • Planning the energy efficiency plan
    • Implementation of the energy efficiency plan
    • Continual measuring, monitoring and reporting
    • Initiation of action plan and approval

There are a number of group and individual case studies to formulate energy efficiency plans throughout this program.

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  • Delivery of the Energy Efficiency Plan
    • Deployment of the energy efficiency plan
    • Implementing measuring, monitoring and reporting
    • Business and risk evaluation
    • Energy efficiency procurement
  • Site Specific Energy Audits
    • Establishing audit scope and direction
    • Site specific audit plans
    • Keys energy audit areas
    • Recommended practices
  • Energy Use Systems
    • Breakdown of the major energy use systems
    • Energy profile changes
    • Optimization actions
  • System Specific Analysis
    • IT analysis
    • Power infrastructure analysis
    • Environmental analysis
    • Cooling analysis
  • Analysis Tool-sets
    • Introduction to current data center toolsets
    • Utilization of toolsets
  • Active Energy-Efficiency Measures
    • Establishing an energy baseline
    • Site specific measuring and monitoring
    • Data analysis and energy plan preparation
    • Real-time monitoring
    • Establishing business benefits
  • Return on Investment
    • Return on Investment (ROI)
    • IT value
    • Financial planning
    • Total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Codes & Best Practice
    • DoE DCEP
    • EU Code of Conduct
  • A Strategy for Energy Management
    • Planning the energy management roadmap
    • Formulating an energy management team
    • Prioritization of activities
    • The need for forward planning
  • Immediate Energy Actions (4C’s)
    • Understanding the business requirements
    • Importance of the four key constraints
    • Identifying the immediate concerns
    • Actioning the immediate concerns
  • Medium-Term CAPEX Actions
    • Evaluation of the design maturity
    • IT efficiency measures
    • Cooling efficiency measures
    • Power efficiency measures
    • CAPEX & ROI impacts
  • Long-Term CAPEX/OPEX Actions
    • Long-term power efficiency
    • Long-term cooling efficiency
    • CAPEX & OPEX evaluation
  • Processes & Procedures
    • Process & procedure requirements
    • Process & procedure monitoring and control
    • IT service management guidance
  • Future Technical Developments
    • New developing technologies
  • Energy Efficiency Accreditations
    • Environmental accreditations
    • Energy accreditations
    • Data center energy accreditations

There are a number of group and individual case studies to formulate energy efficiency plans throughout this program.

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