Certified Data Center Technician Professional (CDCTP® )

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Program Overview

Learn how to increase the operational capability and productivity of the data center to continually meet the demands of the business.

The Certified Data Center Technician Professional (CDCTP®) program is aimed at the numerous technicians across the spectrum of a mission critical data center facility providing a holistic understanding of the key environments and their dependencies and inter-dependencies they have upon one another.

The program has been designed to address the need for a designation that allows individuals to demonstrate unrivaled levels of skill and knowledge and to assist them to become key operational assets in their organization and data center facility.

Ensuring zero downtime within the mission critical data center environment involves having highly competent technicians on board that have unrivaled technical knowledge and skills regarding every environment of these mission critical facilities. Those with CDCTP® certification are increasingly seen as a vital component to the smooth running of any data center operation and the program will give learners the ability to identify, decipher, impact assess and remedy potential problems quickly, decisively and accurately. This program addresses the wide range of subjects relevant to the data center technician including a detailed breakdown of the key operating environments (power, cooling, IT and supporting systems), the necessary operational policies, procedures and compliance based legislation, standards (national & international) and codes of conduct, as well as detailed analysis of current measuring, monitoring and auditing techniques.

This is a content rich program where the technical content is continually updated to reflect the key industry recognized developments covering installation, maintenance (routine and preventive planned) and decommissioning working practices. The CDCTP® also takes into account the requirements of the latest version of the BS EN 50600 and TIA 942-A standards, industry best practice documentation and codes of conduct.

The CDCTP® program is classroom based and led by one of CNet Training’s expert instructors.

Learner Profile

This program has been specifically designed for individuals wishing to acquire skills of the highest caliber in order to carry out their data center related activities. CDCTP® certification is beneficial to technical personnel who are responsible for the day-to-day smooth operation of the mission critical environments within these facilities.

Program Duration

The Certified Data Center Technician Professional (CDCTP®) program is 5 days in duration, however it can be split into two units and taken separately:

The Certified Data Center Technician (CDCT®) – Core Unit is a 3 day unit
The Certified Data Center Technician (CDCTP®) – Professional Unit is a 2 day unit

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


Experience of working within a data center environment is essential.

Program Requirements

You are not required to bring anything with you.

Program Objectives

CDCTP® certified individuals possess the knowledge, expertise and skills that are considered essential in ensuring that the data center is operated and maintained to the highest possible standards.

You will also gain the following:

  • Internationally and industry recognized Level 4 BTEC Professional Award
  • Official Certified Data Center Technician Professional (CDCTP®) certification
  • Use of CDCTP post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CDCTP
  • Use of the CDCTP® logo
  • Continual Professional Development (CPDs)

“The CDCTP® program was excellent, I got everything I wanted from it. The instructor was very helpful and delivered the program excellently.”
- Data Center Technician – Oracle

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What are the topics of this training program?
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  • Data Center Fundamentals
    • What is a data center?
    • Understanding the basic design requirements
    • Building considerations
    • Availability and resilience measures and practices
    • Data center capacity planning
  • The Physical Infrastructure
    • Physical infrastructure components
    • Servers, software & services
    • Storage infrastructure
    • IT security
    • Physical security & access control
    • Power infrastructure
    • Cooling infrastructure
    • Overview of different cooling system technologies
    • Supplemental cooling options
    • Chilled water system
  • Working in the Data Center
    • Bridging the gap between IT & facilities
    • Operational processes and procedures
    • Data center monitoring
    • Capacity management
    • Asset management
    • Management tools, administration
    • Environmental health & safety
    • Equipment configuration
    • Change management
    • Energy efficiency
    • Life safety systems
    • Business continuity/disaster recovery
  • Data Center Maintenance
    • Why do maintenance?
    • Preventative maintenance
    • Predictive maintenance
    • Reliability centred maintenance
    • Condition-based maintenance
    • Power system maintenance
    • Generator preventive maintenance
    • Cooling system maintenance
    • Chiller preventive maintenance
    • Cooling tower water treatment
    • Fire protection system maintenance
    • Control and monitoring system maintenance
    • Data center cleaning

There are a number of group and individual case studies throughout this program.

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  • Advanced Power
    • Power infrastructure
    • Service entry switchgear
    • Transfer switch
    • Emergency power source
    • Uninterruptible Power Supply System (UPS)
    • UPS batteries
    • Power distribution in the data center
    • Back-up power infrastructures
  • Advanced Cooling
    • Data center cooling infrastructure systems
    • Cooling architectures
    • Air cooling
    • Economizer modes
    • Liquid cooling
    • Chilled water plant
    • Cooling towers
    • HVAC efficiency and Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) relationship
  • Compliance and Standards
    • Legislation – data related
    • Legislation – non data related
    • Standards – data related
    • Standards – non data related
    • Codes of conduct
    • Business continuity/disaster recovery
  • Audit Principles
    • Audit process
    • Types of data center audits
    • Impact of operational procedures
    • The scope of the measuring & monitoring
    • Measurement methods
    • Metrics
    • Best practices

There are a number of group and individual case studies throughout this program.

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