Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Specialist

Program Overview

Developed by Department of Energy (DOE) who have partnered with the industry to create a program leading to practitioners being qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centres. The key objective of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program is to raise the standards of those involved in energy assessments of data centres to accelerate energy savings in data centres.

The DCEP is split into two programs:

A fully qualified practitioner who has successfully passed both the Generalist and Specialist programs will:

  • Be qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centres
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of DOE’s DC Pro software tool suite
  • Address energy opportunities in electrical systems, air management, HVAC, IT equipment, and on-site generation
  • Meet academic/work experience requirements (prequalifications)
  • Receive training on conducting data centre assessments
  • Be required to pass an exam and be requalified every 3 years

Energy efficiency is one of the major factors associated with the effective management of data centres and owners, operators and users are under increasing pressure to reduce the amount of energy they consume. The key objective of the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) program is to accelerate energy savings and is driven by the fact that significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate energy assessments. Becoming a qualified practitioner enables an individual to provide a consistency of approach and have credibility in their recommendations.

This one-day program is intended for high-level practitioners and provides a broad overview of the four main data centre disciplines: IT equipment, air management, electrical systems and cooling. Participants will also be introduced to the DC Pro suite of software.

Topics Include:

  • Environmental requirements: recommended and allowable ranges
  • Advanced airflow & temperature management
  • DOE DEC Pro air-management tool introduction and overview
  • Air handlers and air conditioning best practices
  • Liquid cooling options, configurations and best practices
  • Optimising energy usage in chilled water plants and best practices
  • Cooling system data gathering, monitoring and control
  • On-site assessment planning and measurement
  • Modelling data center HVAC systems
  • Calculating annual energy and energy cost savings


  • Level 1 training

Qualifications / Certification Achieved

  • Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) certification

The Level 2 Practitioners (Specialists) can address energy opportunities using one or several of the in-depth DC Pro System Assessment Tools.

The program has been developed for individuals wishing to gain the skills needed to perform accurate energy assessments in data centres.

2: HVAC Specialist - In depth knowledge in HVAC

  • Prequalification (Certificate Track) - Level 1 training
  • Training (Both Tracks) - 2 day training including DC Pro Assessment Air Management Tool and a Case Study
  • Exam/Test (Certificate Track) - 3-hour open book exam/testWaiting period of 30 days to retake exam if failed, 2 free retests
  • There is an element of pre-learning to be completed prior to the program, we will provide access codes to this two weeks prior to program commencement. Learners are required to bring a laptop to the program with wireless internet connectivity.

    The Level 2 Practitioners (Specialists) can address energy opportunities using one or several of the in-depth DC Pro System Assessment Tools.

    Successful learners gain Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) – Specialist certification