About CNet Training

CNet Training, an Uptime Education Company

Together, CNet Training and Uptime Education are the Leading Education Authority for the Global Digital Infrastructure Industry

CNet Training, an Uptime Education company, designs and delivers technical education spanning the digital infrastructure industry that is recognised, respected and requested throughout the world. Together, CNet and Uptime Education are the Leading Education Authority for the Global Digital Infrastructure Industry.

Since its foundation in 1996, CNet has been acknowledged with numerous international awards and today, as part of Uptime Education, is the largest education provider in the world dedicated to the digital infrastructure industry, comprising the data centre and network infrastructure sectors. 

In 2023, CNet was acquired by Uptime Institute. Together, CNet and Uptime Education are the Leading Education Authority for the Global Digital Infrastructure Industry. Their combined educational expertise, technical competency, and global experience establish them as the leading education authority for the global digital infrastructure industry and the pre-eminent organisation in professional knowledge progression, designing and delivering technical education that leads to recognised credentials in the form of accreditations, certifications and qualifications, from entry level to advanced specialist programs, including the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management.

CNet delivers Instructor-led programs in classroom locations across the world and via live remote attendance, in addition to providing distance learning options. Each program awards learners with the credentials needed to succeed across the network cable installation and data centre sectors. CNet operates with three core values consistently at heart; driven by quality, motivated by legacy, committed to sustainability.

A significant part of CNet’s history is the development of the unique and highly acclaimed Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework, which provides clear education and career progression pathways in line with actual roles throughout the industry. Trusted and followed by multinational organisations across the globe, it helps map educational and knowledge development plans for individuals, teams and organisations.

CNet also introduced the world’s first Competence and Confidence Assessment Modelling (CCAM®) system for the industry: a psychology-based platform that is helping mitigate people-related risk within mission critical facilities worldwide by identifying and addressing knowledge competence and confidence gaps.

CNet is committed to building a sustainable future for the digital infrastructure industry, working to promote industry engaged education, creating established career entry pathways for new talent into the industry and elevating the overall skill and quality level within the industry. A key milestone in CNet’s work in this area is its role as founding partner of the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET) University Technical Colleges (UTCs) Digital Futures Programme; the world’s first curriculum delivered in a mainstream school that is specifically aimed to equip 14–18-year-olds with the skills to start careers in the digital infrastructure industry.

In addition to its impressive client list of global organisations, CNet is proud of its close relationships with the world’s leading trade associations and industry bodies including 7×24, Data Centre Alliance, Green Grid, Infrastructure Masons, ISO quality standards and Pearson.

So trusted is CNet’s expertise, it also designs and delivers vendor-specific programs for many of the world’s leading manufacturers of data centre and network infrastructure solutions. 

Our History

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2024

  • CNet evolves its global brand to reflect its unity with Uptime, as an Uptime Education Company

2023

  • Uptime Institute Completes Acquisition of CNet Training. Read more
  • Won the Education and Employment Project Award 2023, as part of University Technical College (UTC) & Partners, at the prestigious Datacloud Awards
  • CNet's US, LATAM & Canada Technical Manager, Melissa Chambal, is recognised in the Top 25 Women in Technology list by Mission Critical magazine for the third year in a row
  • Won the Best Talent Developer award, as part of University Technical College (UTC) Heathrow & Partners, at the Data Centre World Awards 2023
  • Proud to be announced as Global Training Partner by the digital infrastructure industry’s non-profit, professional association, Infrastructure Masons (iMasons), in a new strategic alliance
  • Approved as an Apprenticeship Main Provider by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to fully deliver Apprenticeships in England and Wales

2022

  • Delighted in the success of the first year partnering with UTC Heathrow, UK, the first University Technical College dedicated to the data centre sector, delivering the Digital Futures Programme
  • Celebrated ten years of partnering with Suffolk FA in the UK, sponsoring both the Junior and Senior County cups over the years
  • Proud to announce our continued ISO 14001:2015 certification for our Environmental Management System, with zero non-conformances identified, following a surveillance visit from LRQA
  • Celebrated with the most recent graduates of the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management at the 2022 Graduation Ceremony
  • Won the Education & Training Provider of the Year award at the Network Computing Awards 2022
  • Celebrated CNet's first staff day for over three years, bringing everyone together from across the globe
  • Launched the Network Infrastructure Fundamentals (NIF®) Program
  • Won the Education and Employment Project Award 2022, as part of University Technical College (UTC) & Partners, at the prestigious Datacloud Awards
  • Launched the Certified Data Centre Project Management (CDCPM®) Program
  • Gained the Silver Medal in the EcoVadis Sustainability Rating
  • CNet's US, LATAM & Canada Technical Manager, Melissa Chambal, is recognised in the Top 25 Women in Technology list by Mission Critical magazine for the second year running

2021

  • Celebrating 25 Years of CNet Training
  • Proud to be part of the first Data Centre focussed curriculum for 14-18 year olds with University Technical College (UTC) Heathrow, alongside fellow industry partners
  • Receives the Ministry of Defence’s highest badge of honour, the Gold Defence Employment Engagement Award
  • Launched the world's first Competency and Confidence Assessment Modelling (CCAM®) Tool
  • Launched the NEW Certified Wireless Infrastructure Technician (CWIT®)
  • CNet's US, LATAM & Canada Technical Manager, Melissa Chambal, is recognised in the Top 25 Women in Technology list by Mission Critical magazine
  • Celebrates the Committed Education Partners for the Network Cable Installer (NCI®) Apprenticeship - available in England & Wales, UK
  • Celebrates having educated over 76,000 individuals, across 45 countries, in 19 time zones
  • Gained ISO 14001:2015 accreditation for Environmental Management
  • Wins the Network Computing Award for Education & Training Provider of the Year
  • Wins the Network Computing Innovation Award
  • CNet's US, LATAM & Canada Technical Manager, Melissa Chambal, is runner up for the Network Computing Inspiration Award

2020

  • CNet’s President and CEO Andrew Stevens awarded ‘The Inspiration Award’ at the 2020 Network Computing Awards
  • Launched the NEW Certified Outdoor Plant Technician (COPT®) Program
  • The content of the Certified Data Centre Sustainabiliity Professional (CDCSP®) program is updated and reviewed to reflect the latest sector needs and innovations
  • Named as a Network Computing Awards finalist in the following categories
    - Education & Training Provider of the Year
    - Company of the Year
    - The Inspiration Award for CNet’s President and CEO Andrew Stevens
  • Launched Digital Badges for all certified individuals
  • Signed the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Launched the Certified Telecommunications Project Management Program (CTPM®) as a 3-day Instructor-led Remote Attendance Program
  • Awarded the Bronze Defence Employment Engagement Award
  • Launched the Certified Network Cable Installer Program (CNCI®) as a Blended Learning Program
  • CNet’s Director of Marketing and Communication Sarah Parks named in Data Economy’s list of the top 50 most influential marketeers across the data centre industry
  • Celebrated 20 years of being an Approved Pearson BTEC Centre
  • Awarded Silver Defence Employment Engagement Award

2019

  • Celebrated with the most recent graduates of the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership and Management at the 2019 Gradutation Ceremony
  • Launched the NEW Certified Integrated Infrastructure Technician (CIIT®) Program
  • Launched the Network Cable Installer (NCI®) Apprenticeship, the first network infrastructure apprenticeship across England and Wales
  • Andrew Stevens wins the Infrastructure Masons Diversity and Inclusion Champion 2019 Award
  • Andrew Stevens listed in the Data Economy’s Power200 list of the world’s most influential Data Economy leaders

2018

  • Chosen as the official Global Education Partner with media technology company, BroadGroup and their global Datacloud event series
  • Celebrated the first Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership & Management graduation
  • Winner of the Best Programme for Data Centre Training and Professional Development award at BroadGroup’s Datacloud Asia event
  • Launched the NEW Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) Program
  • Winner of the Best Programme for Data Centre Training and Professional Development award at BroadGroup’s Datacloud Europe Awards

2017

  • Launched the Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP®) in the U.S.
  • Approved as an Associate College by Anglia Ruskin University to deliver the Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership & Management
  • Launched Remote Attendance Classes

2016

  • It’s our 20th Anniversary
  • Launched the World’s First Competency & Confidence Assessment Modelling (CCAM®) Tool for the data centre sector (exclusive to CNet Training)
  • Winner of the Intelligent Training Provider of the Year Award
  • Winner of the Innovation in Global Data Centre Education Award from the Datacloud Awards

2015

  • Launched the NEW Certified Network Infrastructure Design Professional (CNIDP®) Program
  • Launched a NEW online program Data Centre Fundamentals
  • Launched the NEW Certified Network Infrastructure Technician (CNIT®) Program

2014

  • Chosen to be an AFCOM Educational Partner
  • Winner of the Best Contribution to Education for the Data Centre Industry in the International Data Centre & Cloud Awards
  • CNet Training & Uptime Institute announce a Global Educational Alliance
  • Launched the NEW Masters Degree in Data Centre Leadership & Management with Anglia Ruskin University
  • Launched the CNCI® as the new industry standard certification for those working within the network infrastructure industry
  • Launched the NEW Certified Network Infrastructure Design (CNID®) Program
  • Launched the NEW CDCAP® (Certified Data Centre Audit Professional) program

2013

  • Network World – Vendor Awards – Training Provider of the year 2013
  • Launched the Certified Telecommunications Project Management (CTPM®) program - First online program

2012

  • Opened Singapore office location
  • Winner of the Netcomms Award for Data Centre Professional Development & Training Excellence
  • Launched the NEW Certified Data Centre Energy Professional (CDCEP®) program
  • Opened United States office location

2011

  • Winners of the Comms Expo Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry
  • We trained our 35,000th individual
  • Launched the CNCI® (Certified Network Cable Installer Advanced) program
  • Launched the NEW Certified Data Centre Technician Professional (CDCTP®) program

2010

  • Launched the NEW Certified Data Centre Management Professional (CDCMP®) program
  • Go for Growth – Finalists for Excellence Awards Professional Services

2009

  • Launched programs into the United States
  • Awarded the 2012 Olympics Project

2008

  • Moved to larger headquarters

2007

  • NCN – Voted CNet Training as one of the top ten most influential organisations
  • Launched the NEW Certified Data Centre Technician (CDCT®)  program

2005

  • Launched the NEW Certified Data Centre Design (CDCD®) program

2004

  • Winner of the Networking Industry Awards for Training Company of the Year

2003

  • Winner of the Networking Industry Awards for Training Company of the Year

2002

  • Moved to new headquarters
  • NCN – Voted CNet Training as one of the top ten most influential organisations
  • Winner of the Networking Industry Awards for Training Company of the Year

2001

  • Winner of the Networking Industry Award for Training Company of the Year
  • Gained ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for Quality Management Systems

2000

  • Winner of the Networking Industry Award for Training Company of the Year
  • Became an Approved Edexcel Centre

1999

  • Winner of the Communications Industry Award for Outstanding Achievement

1998

  • Winner of the Communications Industry Award for Trainer of the Year

1996

  • CNet Training began trading as CableNet Training Services Limited
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