About this Course

Duration 1 Year
Special Notices

The Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) program is 1 year in duration, and is split into three terms:

  • Term 1: – Understanding Sustainability and the Business Approach (100 hours)
  • Term 2: – Technological and Operational Approach to Sustainability (120 hours)
  • Term 3: – Implementing Sustainability (160 hours)

“Education beats at the heart of Sustainability” – Andrea Illy
Developing a sustainable data centre future involves meeting the needs of today whilst protecting the environment and resources for tomorrow.
The comprehensive Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) program is designed to provide in-depth knowledge into the steps required to evaluate, analyse, plan, implement and monitor a sustainability strategy for data centre facilities and operational capability.
Achieving sustainability will be evaluated from all angles with the overarching requirement to ensure the critical data centre facility continues to meet the needs of the business. The importance of implementing the correct strategic vision and business drivers required to establish a well-balanced and structured approach towards sustainability is explored. From initial business case and operational analysis of power distribution, cooling and IT hardware, and potential operational risk, to design innovation and implementing initiatives whilst appreciating both the business and operational challenges that may occur during this process. Maintenance strategies, continuous planning cycles and critical analysis against identified targets are also explored, in addition to the need to demonstrate proven ROI whilst identifying and capitalising the business, customer and social and environmental benefits.
Program Structure
This one-year program is based around supported online distance learning via a learning management system, providing flexibility and complete interaction at every step of the program. Learners will commit to 380 hours (equivalent to approximately 10 hours of study to the program per week) during term time, this study can be taken at your own pace and undertaken at a convenient time for you. However, the deadlines that are given for your assessed work are strict and must be met. The program will involve case study exercises (requiring research), attendance of guest speaker webinars, undertaking research papers, participation in virtual panel discussions and a focused assessment paper.
What is Distance Learning?
The ultimate flexible learning where material is accessed online allowing the learning to be undertaken asynchronously – when and where it is convenient. However, CNet distance learning also includes additional support to help enrich the learning experience. Learners have access to a dedicated online tutor, a highly experienced data centre professional who offers one-to-one support and guidance as needed.


At least five years’ experience within the operational data centre environment, including a good awareness of business and operational strategies, policies, processes and procedures, financial considerations, power systems, cooling systems and IT infrastructure. If you would like to discuss your experience or suitability for this program please contact us.
Program Requirements
As a distance learner, you will also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

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The CDCSP® is designed to utilise existing data centre skills, knowledge and experience combined with new learning centred around technical collaboration and innovative approaches targeting sustainability within a data centre facility and the creation and implementation of a long-term sustainability strategy to support the business.
Benefits for Individuals
Demonstrate the highest level of technical knowledge and skills, supported by official certification and qualification, regarding the creation and implementation of a long-term data centre sustainability strategy to support the business. Have the technical ability to consider innovative approaches to achieve on-going sustainability.
Benefits for Businesses
Provide data centre operators with the ability to create and implement a strategic approach, supported with the technical knowledge, to attain sustainability across mission critical facilities.
You will also gain the following:
Internationally and industry recognised BTEC Level 6 Diploma Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional
Official Certified Data Centre Sustainability Professional (CDCSP®) certification
Use of CDCSP post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CDCSP
Use of the CDCSP® logo
Continual Professional Development (CDPs)
IEEE Continual Education Units (CEUs)


Term 1:

Additional work involved

    • Understanding Sustainability and the Business Approach
      Number of hours: 100

      • The Need for sustainability and the impact upon the data centre sector
      • A sustainable approach and the legislative drivers
      • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the wider impact to the data centre sector
      • Establishing a data centre baseline and maximising assets
      • Understanding the business needs and data centre limitations
      • Business and operational benefits created by sustainability
      • Creating a sustainable ethos through the business
      • Establishing a business case for sustainability
      • Business approach to sustainability
  • A series of case study exercises, that will require a level of personal research
  • Attendance at a webinar (with guest speaker) or a virtual discussion panel
  • Learning Objectives

    • Appreciation and evaluation of the wider implications of establishing a more sustainable data centre sector against the influences from both government and non-government organisational policies
    • Alignment of data centre sustainability strategies to meet environmental, customer and social factors through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
    • Create an operational baseline to understand the current status of data centre energy inefficiencies and wastage, identifying and prioritising appropriate and attainable sustainability measures
    • Identify the potential risks, challenges and benefits of implementing a framework to implement sustainable initiatives
    • Create a structured business case through business core drivers, risk potential, collaboration and commitment to deliver sustainability targets and strategies
  • Term 2:
  • Technological and Operational Approach to Sustainability
    Number of hours: 120
    The need for innovation and collaboration
    Reduction of human error by effective management and training
    Industry best practices and transformation programs
    Monitoring, analysis and automation of the physical infrastructure
    Evaluating traditional, alterative and renewable power sources
    Monitoring, analysing and optimising power distribution
    Monitoring, analysing and optimising cooling capabilities
    Monitoring, analysing and optimising IT hardware deployment
    Maintenance strategies
    Aligning the business, operations and technology to deliver a sustainable path for the future
    Additional work involved
    Contributing to tutorials and Moodle discussions
    Watching the recommended videos and webinars, and commenting on the learning points
    Produce a technical based paper to identify the merits of relevant sustainable data centre technologies
    Collaborating in a technical working group (3-4 learners)
    Attendance at a webinar (with guest speaker) or a virtual discussion panel
    Learning Objectives
    Critically analyse the IT environment relating to own sphere of work, in particular learner’s own organisation’s technical platforms
    Assess the IT/IS infrastructure (hardware, public/private/hybrid cloud, operating systems, intelligent SAN, aaS, middleware/SOA), and the IT service processes used within learner’s own organisation, particularly those associated with sustainability and efficiency including virtualisation, re-use/sharing, and closed loop strategies
    Compare and contrast the needs, objectives and constraints of the other disciplines and functions within the data centre
    Evaluate and apply national and international standards published by ISO, BSI, IEC, IEEE etc and Codes of Practice to build sustainability into the data centre
    Devise techniques for streamlining business processes
Term 3:
Implementing Sustainability
Number of hours: 160
Corporate sustainability and the core drivers
Strategic and sustainable planning
Developing and implementing sustainable strategies
The strategic planning process
Projecting levels of sustainable achievement
Obstacles and challenges
Monitoring, analysing and reporting sustainability improvements
Continuous sustainability planning
Certifications, standards and industry accreditations
Additional work involved
Individual assessment paper (word count – 6,000)
Group research and presentation presentation work
Attendance at a webinar (with guest speaker) or a virtual discussion panel
Learning Objectives
Evaluate appropriate business strategies for the initiation and development of a sustainable data centre
Create a clear business vision and sustainability framework against defined objectives and attainable targets through business collaboration
Identification and mitigation of potential risks, obstacles and challenges relating to effective delivery of the business strategy and sustainability outcomes
Appreciate the need for effective monitoring, analysing and reporting structures to evaluate the financial expenditure and operational productivity against the business drivers
Identify and utilise industry recognised standards and accreditations providing direction for continuous sustainability initiatives

1 Year


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Delivery Method

Delivery method


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

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