Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®)

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Program Overview

Live-virtual-programLearn how to scope, plan and implement a data centre design to meet the ever expanding demands of today’s business environment. Utilising best practices and applicable standards across the key data centre infrastructures.

The Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCDP®) program is proven to be an essential certification for individuals wishing to highlight their expertise and progress their career within the data centre sector.

The program has a comprehensive agenda that explores and addresses the key elements associated with designing a data centre. It teaches industry best practice principles for the design, construction and operation of computer rooms and data centre facilities. The program also addresses the requirements of a successful design to meet the business needs, incorporating the key infrastructure elements of the physical infrastructure, electrical distribution systems, air-conditioning, data cabling and building support systems. It concludes with a comprehensive case study exercise that leads learners through the design steps from initiation to commission, covering the business decisions, design scope and implementation phases that need to be addressed throughout the design configuration process.

The CDCDP® also takes into account the requirements of the current 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.

The program will prove beneficial for professionals already working and implementing design projects within a data centre facility, or those looking to move into the data centre environment from IT, network, data cabling or facilities management backgrounds.

The CDCDP® program content is continually updated to reflect the current data centre industry design practices and supporting technology.

Learner Profile

The CDCDP® is designed for individuals involved with, or responsible for, an existing data centre, or those looking to achieve best practice when designing and implementing these facilities.

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Program Duration

5 day class requiring pre-class reading of approximately 20 hours.


Experience of working within a data centre environment is essential.

Program Requirements

Learners are required to undertake pre-class reading, which is fully supported by an experienced and dedicated Tutor, and bring a laptop with internet connectivity to the class.

Program Objectives

Learners gain a comprehensive insight into the essential elements of data centre design and how to address them in a variety of situations and applications.

You will also gain the following:

  • Internationally and industry recognised BTEC Level 5 Professional Award Certified Data Centre Design Professional
  • Official Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) certification
  • Use of a post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CDCDP
  • Use of the CDCDP® logo
  • Continual Professional Development (CPDs)
  • 7 IEEE Continual Education Units (CEUs)

Benefits for Individuals

  • Identify key stake holders and understands the business needs driving the design
  • Can apply industry data centre design principles incorporating all aspects of a complex design
  • Applies current best practices and applicable standards to ensure design compliance
  • Provides a complex design that considers flexibility and scalability to address future requirements

Benefits for Employers

  • Designer establishes a clear baseline to initiate a complete and successful design demonstrating a level of confidence to the stakeholder
  • The business can benefit from professional designers who recognise that organisational requirements must be understood to realise and initiate a successful design
  • Application of regulatory and legislative standards that impact data centre design demonstrates a commitment to quality and compliance
  • Recognises and addresses future requirements leading to increased confidence that the design will address the future evolution of the data centre

“The CDCDP®  program contains lots of useful information regarding US and International standards. Outstanding program and highly recommended.”
- Data Centre Manager – GSU

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What are the topics of this program?
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  • What is a Data Centre?
    • The data centre stack
    • Types of data centre
  • The Design Planning Process
    • Main design considerations
    • Developing a project plan
  • Scoping the Requirement
    • Identifying key stakeholders
    • Market and political drivers
    • National and international standards
    • Availability and resilience classifications
    • Introduction to Availability Models (Uptime Tier, TIA 942-B Rating, BICSI Classes & Syska Hennessy Critical Levels)
    • Recommendations for location, size, heights, floor loading, lighting and décor
  • Whitespace Floor
    • National and international standards
    • Structural and load requirements
    • Recommended floor heights
    • Airflow and sealing
    • Ramps and access
    • Seismic protection
    • Slab floor construction considerations
  • Cabinets
    • Requirements of a cabinet
    • Security, safety and stabilisation
    • Clearance, accessibility and ventilation
    • Cable management
    • Seismic stability considerations
    • Design specifications
  • Power
    • Regulations and codes
    • The meaning of N, N+1 2(N+1), etc
    • Power delivery and distribution losses
    • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) options
    • Generator considerations
    • Power distribution units
    • Power distribution to, and in a rack
    • Remote Power Panels (RPPs)
    • Emergency Power Off (EPO)
    • Estimating power requirements
  • Cooling
    • National and international standards
    • Basics of air conditioning principles
    • CRAHs and CRACs
    • ASHRAE Operational parameters
    • Under floor plenum approach
    • Hot aisle/cold aisle layout principle
    • Hot and cold aisle containment
    • Psychrometric charts
    • Min and max throw distances for under floor air
    • Bypass and recirculation
    • Airflow management
    • Chilled water racks, CO2, free air cooling
  • Earthing & Bonding
    • Applicable standards
    • The terminology of earthing, grounding & bonding
    • Equipotential bonding
    • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD)
    • Functional earths
    • The Signal Reference Grid (SRG)
  • Cable Containment, Management & Protection
    • Applicable standards
    • Separation of power and data cables
    • Administration and labelling
    • Types of conduit, trunking, tray, etc, available
    • Earthing and bonding
    • Containment fill ratio
    • Underfloor v overhead containment
    • Cable management, in and to a rack
    • Fire stopping
  • Delivering the IT Strategy
    • Data centre equipment
    • Functions and protocols, current and future
    • Data centre connections
    • Cabling requirements
    • Cabling standards
    • Cabling options
    • The impact of 40G and 100G
    • The impact of virtualisation
  • Copper and Optical Fibre Cabling Connectivity
    • Cabling standards
    • Cable standards, 10GBASE-T, CAT6A & Cat 7A & Cat 8
    • Screened vs unscreened cables
    • High density patching
    • Alien crosstalk
    • Copper test requirements
    • Design for growth management
    • Channel connections
    • Connection topologies
    • Optical connectors, past and present
    • Optical fibre management
    • Types of optical cable
    • Pre-terminated cabling
    • Advantages/disadvantages of pre-terminating cables
    • Optical component loss and link power budgets
    • Application link loss
    • Optical testing requirements
    • Pre-terminated cabling
  • Safety and Manageability
    • Local codes and regulations
    • Fire safety plan
    • ASD and detection systems
    • Fire suppression systems
    • Fire safety cable requirements
    • Security and access control
  • Commission and handover
    • Benefits of commissioning
    • Commission process and test sequence
    • Handover process and training
    • Lessons learned

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

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  • Power Review
    • Power consumption trends
    • Energy availability, security and cost
    • Energy challenges facing the data centre
  • Power Regulations
    • Which regulations affect data centres?
    • Environmental regulations and pressures
    • Energy and environmental programs
  • Power Basics
    • Ohm’s law, Joule’s law, the Kirchhoff laws
    • Electrical parameters
    • AC and DC
    • Single phase and three phase
    • Residual currents
    • Harmonics
  • Power to the Data Centre
    • Where does the electricity come from?
    • Electrical supply options
    • Transformers
    • Surge suppression devices
    • Costs of electrical power
    • Types of tariff available
    • Alternate power supply options
  • Distribution in the Data Centre
    • Electrical circuit requirements
    • Switching devices
    • Power factor correction units
    • Automatic and static transfer switches
    • Main, feeder, sub-main circuits
    • Power distribution units
    • Remote power panels
    • Final circuits
    • Cable and fuse sizing
    • Power distribution and associated losses
    • TN-S systems
    • Energy efficiency
  • Standby Power
    • UPS components, batteries and redundant systems
    • UPS options and considerations
    • Static and maintenance bypasses
    • Standby generators
  • Cooling Review
    • Data Centre limiting factors
    • Sources of cooling inefficiencies
    • Cooling trends
  • Regulatory Climate
    • Which regulations affect data centres?
    • Environmental pressures
    • Cooling efficiency
    • Design considerations & planning redundancy
    • Overview of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
    • Periodic review process
  • Environmental Parameters
    • Standards, NEBS, ETSI, ASHRAE
    • Operating environment ranges
    • Rate of change
    • ASHRAE psychrometric charts
    • Humidification systems
    • The need for sensors
    • Measuring and monitoring
  • Collecting the Heat
    • Cooling system overview
    • CRACs and CRAHs
    • Maximising existing investment
    • Rack v row options
    • Dynamics and problems of air flow
    • Liquid cooling
    • Comparison of high-density cooling
    • Available cooling options
  • Heat Rejection Or Reuse
    • Heat transfer considerations
    • DX systems
    • Chilled water CRAHs
    • Chiller options
    • Adiabatic cooling
    • CWS and CHWS plant
    • Design considerations
    • Free cooling and free – air cooling
    • Commissioning maintenance
    • Planned preventative maintenance
  • Energy Use Systems
    • Energy efficiency issues
    • Layers of inefficiency
    • Power system provision
    • Cooling system provision
    • Understanding areas of improvements
  • IT Infrastructure
    • Extending the operating envelope
    • Environment zones
    • Accurate IT calculations
    • Energy use in the IT equipment
    • Software and storage considerations
    • Transformation options
    • Energy efficient IT equipment
  • Power Systems
    • Energy use in the data centre
    • DC power train
    • Matching the support to the IT load
    • Transformer efficiencies
    • UPS & motor efficiencies
    • DCiE for modular provisioning
    • Maximising the power factor
    • Measuring and monitoring
    • Infrared inspections
    • Planned electrical safety inspections
    • Implementing data centre electrical efficiency
  • Cooling Efficiency
    • Cooling, a cascade system
    • Affinity laws and cooling equation
    • CRAC and CRAH efficiencies
    • Optimising air-side systems & water-side systems
    • DCiE for cooling options
    • Diagnostic and site specific monitoring
    • Design considerations
  • Data Centre Metrics
    • Where and what can we measure?
    • The metric stack
    • Metric characteristics
    • Current industry metrics (PUE, CUE, WUE, ERE, RCI & RTI)
    • Chained value metrics (CADE)
    • Proxy metrics (FVER, DPPE, DCeP)
  • Efficiency Models & Best Practices
    • Energy calculations
    • Levels of modelling
    • Modelling tools
    • Sources of guidance
    • Effective v Efficient
    • The DC language barrier
    • the multi-functional team
    • Design for efficiency, operability & flexibility
    • Industry recognised best practices
  • Design Management
    • Characteristics of project management
    • Key project processes
    • Identifying and engaging with key stakeholders
    • Setting goals
    • Prioritisation of activities
    • Cornerstones of project management
  • Managing the Design Process
    • What is to be delivered?
    • What constraints are there?
    • Managing dependencies
    • Managing the tribes
    • Managing conflict
    • Identifying risk
    • Risk and issue management
    • Change management
    • Reporting and communication
  • Managing the Design Implementation Process
    • Project charter and specification
    • Risk assessment and management
    • Scope management
    • Float and critical path
    • Human resource management
    • Project integration and work breakdown structure
    • Time and cost management
    • Handover and progressive acceptance

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

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