Certified Data Center Energy Professional (CDCEP®)

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Become and Expert in Data Center Energy Management

Program Overview

Live-virtual-programLearn 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, focusing on energy efficiency. They will be introduced to current energy profiler tools and models to analyse 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.

Learner Profile

This program is targeted at individuals who are responsible for the management and use of energy within a data center.

Program Duration

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


Experience of working within a data center environment is essential; preferably with two years experience in a technical IT or facilities role. If you would like to discuss your experience or suitability for this program please contact us.

Program Requirements

Learners are required to undertake pre-class study, which is fully supported by an experienced and dedicated online Tutor. Learners are also required to bring a webcam enabled laptop or suitable device with unrestricted wireless internet connectivity, the latest internet browser and suitable applications for reading/annotating PDFs and editing standard office documents.

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 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:

  • Internationally and industry recognized BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma Certified Data Center Energy Professional
  • Official Certified Data Center Energy Professional (CDCEP®) certification
  • Use of CDCEP post nominal letters after your name e.g. John 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)
    • Implementation of ISO 26000
  • Energy Audits
    • 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
    • Industry best practices
    • Analysis and calculations
    • Forecasting growth
  • Energy Metrics
    • Need for metrics
    • 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
    • Elements of the energy efficiency plan
    • Continual monitoring

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
    • Measuring, monitoring and reporting
    • Energy efficiency procurement
  • Site Specific Energy Audits
    • Audit direction
    • Site specific audit plans
    • Keys energy audit areas
  • Energy Use Systems
    • Major energy use systems
    • Energy profile changes
    • Optimization actions
  • System Specific Analysis
    • IT analysis
    • Power infrastructure analysis
    • Environmental analysis
    • Cooling analysis
  • Analysis Tool-sets
    • Data center toolsets
  • Active Energy-Efficiency Measures
    • Establishing an energy baseline
    • Measuring and monitoring
    • Data analysis and energy plan preparation
    • Real-time monitoring
  • 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
    • Energy management roadmap
    • Energy management team
    • Energy awareness
  • Immediate Energy Actions (4C’s)
    • Importance of the four key constraints
    • Identifying the immediate concerns
    • Actioning the immediate concerns
  • Medium-Term CAPEX Actions
    • IT measures
    • Cooling measures
    • Power 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
  • 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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Certified Data Center Audit Professional (CDCAP®) – gain a greater appreciation of the audit process structure ensuring the quality and compliance of the data center environments.

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