About this Course

Duration 5 Days
Special Notices

It is essential that you bring a device with wireless capability, and unrestricted access to the internet as the program is delivered via an online learning management system. The log in process will be explained at the start of your program. The recommended web browser is Internet Explorer 11 but the system supports all web browsers. The program content also requires a PDF reader, adobe flash player and Microsoft word and excel.

Learn 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.


  • Experience of working within a data centre 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.

Delegates will learn how to

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)


Core Unit breakdown:

  • 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
    Requirements of a cabinet
    Security, safety and stabilisation
    Clearance, accessibility and ventilation
    Cable management
    Seismic stability considerations
    Design specifications
    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
    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.

5 Days


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Face-to-face learning in the comfort of our quality nationwide centres, with free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

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