Certified Data Center Professional – CDCP® Course

The CDCP® (Certified Data Center Professional) is a 2-day course is designed to expose participants to the key components of the data center.

CDCP® training will address how to setup and improve key aspects such as power, cooling, security, cabling, safety and more to ensure a high-availability data center. CDCP® training will also address key operations and maintenance aspects.

CDCP® is the first training in the EPI Design and Build training track under the EPI Data Center Training Framework.

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Sneak Peek Video

In the following video you can take a sneak peek at EPI’s CDCP® training course. The only difference between this and the CDCP® training offered by EPI-USA is that EPI-USA utilizes U.S. based trainers.


The primary audience for the CDCP® course is an IT, Facilities or Data Center Operations professional working in and around the data center (representing both end-customers and/or service provider/facilitators) and having responsibility to achieve and improve high-availability and manageability of the Data Centre, such as Data Center Managers, Operations / Floor / Facility Managers, Data Center Engineers, Network/System Engineers/Data Center Sales Persons/Consultants.


There is no specific prerequisite for the CDCP® course. However, participants who already have at least one or two years experience in a data center or similar environment may be best suited. Those with no experience just yet are absolutely welcome to attend.

Course Benefits

After completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Choose an optimum site for mission-critical data center based on current and future needs.
  • Describe all components that are important for high availability in a data center and how to effectively setup the data centre.
  • Name and apply the various industry standards.
  • Describe the various technologies for UPS, fire suppression, cooling, monitoring systems, cabling standards and more. You will be able to select and apply them effectively to cost-efficiently enhance the high-availability of your data center.
  • Review the electrical distribution system to avoid costly downtime.
  • Enhance cooling capabilities and efficiency in the data center by using existing and new techniques and technologies for the increased cooling requirements of today as well as the future.
  • Design a highly reliable and scalable network architecture and learn how to ensure installers apply proper testing techniques.
  • Describe (high-level) data centre operational considerations supporting mission-critical environments.
  • Setup effective data centre monitoring, ensuring the right people get the right message.
  • Ensure proper security measures (both procedural and technical) are established to safeguard your company’s valuable information in the data center.

CDCP® Course Syllabus

The Data Center, Importance and Causes for Downtime

Data Center Standards and Best Practices

Data Center Location, Building and Construction

  • Selecting appropriate sites and buildings. How to avoid pitfalls and setbacks
  • Various components of an effective data center and supporting facilities setup

Raised Floor/Suspended Ceiling

  • Uniform, concentrated and rolling load definitions
  • Applicable standards
  • Raised floor guidelines
  • Signal Reference Grid, grounding of racks
  • Disability act and regulations
  • Suspended ceiling usage and requirement


  • Standards
  • Light fixture types and placement
  • Emergency lighting, Emergency Power Supply (EPS)

Power Infrastructure

  • Power infrastructure layout from generation to rack level
  • ATS and STS systems
  • Redundancy levels and techniques
  • Three-phase and single-phase usage
  • Power distribution options within the computer room
  • Power cabling versus bus bar trunking
  • Bonding versus grounding
  • Common Mode Noise and isolation transformers
  • Distribution boards, form factors and IP-protection grades
  • Power quality guidelines
  • Real power versus apparent power
  • How to size and calculate load in the data centre
  • Generators
  • Static and dynamic UPS systems, selection criteria, how they operate and energy efficiency option
  • Battery types, correct selection and testing
  • Thermo-graphics

Electro Magnetic Fields

  • Electrical fields and magnetic fields definitions and units of measurements
  • Sources of EMF
  • Effects of EMF on human health and equipment
  • (H)EMP
  • Standards
  • EMF shielding solutions

Equipment Racks

  • Rack standards, properties and selection criteria
  • Security considerations
  • Power rail/strip options

Cooling Infrastructure

  • Temperature and humidity recommendations
  • Cooling measurement units and conversion rates
  • Sensible and latent heat definitions
  • Differences between comfort and precision cooling
  • Overview of different air conditioner technologies
  • Raised floor versus non-raised floor cooling
  • Placement of air conditioner units and limitations to be observed
  • Supplemental cooling options
  • Cold aisle/hot aisle containment

Water Supply

  • Importance of water supply and application areas
  • Backup water supply techniques

Designing a Scalable Network Infrastructure

  • The importance of a Structured Cabling System
  • Planning considerations
  • Copper and Fiber cable technology and standards
  • ANSI/TIA-942 Cabling hierarchy and recommendations
  • Testing and verification
  • SAN storage cabling
  • Network redundancy
  • Building-to-building connectivity
  • Network monitoring system requirements

Fire Protection

  • Standards for fire suppression
  • Detection systems
  • Various total flooding fire suppression techniques and systems, their benefits and disadvantages
  • Handheld extinguishers
  • Signage and safety
  • Regulatory requirements and best practices

Physical Security and Safety

  • Physical security considerations
  • Physical safety considerations

Auxiliary Systems

  • Data centre monitoring requirements
  • EMS, BMS and DCIM
  • Water leak detection systems
  • Alarm notification

Operational Considerations

  • Service Level Management
  • Organization
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Monitoring
  • Governance

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