Certified Data Center Professional (CDCP)


Certified Data Center Professional Certification Training (HK258)

Course Description

This 2-day course is designed to expose
participants to the key components of the data
center. It will address how to set up and improve
key aspects such as power, cooling, security,
cabling and safety, to ensure a data center with
high availability. Participants will also gain
knowledge of operations and maintenance within a
data center.


2 days

Certification Examination

Exam is 1 hour, closed-book, multiple-choice, 40
questions, pass mark: 30


There are no firm prerequisites of attendance, but it
is recommended that participants have at least one
year’s experience of working in a data center or
facilities environment.

course outline

The data center, its importance, and causes of
Data center standards and best practices
Data center location, building and construction

• Selecting appropriate sites and buildings and
how to avoid pitfalls
• Various components of an effective data
center and support facilities set up

Cooling infrastructure

• Cooling trends and requirements
• Cooling units and conversion rates
• Sensible and latent heat definitions
• Difference between comfort and precision
cooling and the effect on energy efficiency
• Overview of air conditioning techniques
• Techniques to increase effectiveness and
efficiency of cooling in the computer room
• High-density cooling techniques and common

Water supply

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

Designing and scalable network infrastructure

• Cabling hierarchy
• Cable characteristics
• Determining connectivity requirements
• Network redundancy
• Building-to-building connectivity
• Recommended installation practices
• Testing and verifying structured cabling
• Network monitoring system requirements

Fire suppression

• Standards
• Detection systems
• Techniques
• Signage and safety
• Regulatory requirements and best practices
• How to ensure that your fire suppression is

Raised floor/suspended ceiling

• Applicable standards
• Uniform, concentrated and rolling load
• Signal reference grid; grounding of racks
• Disability regulations
• Suspended ceiling usage and requirements


• Standards
• Light fixture types and placement
• Emergency light; 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
• Power cabling versus bus bar trunking
• Bonding versus grounding; isolation
transformers and common mode noise
• Form factors and IP-protection grades
• Power quality guidelines
• Real power versus apparent power
• How to size and calculate load in the data
• Generators
• Static and dynamic UPS systems
• Battery types
• Thermo-graphics

Electromagnetic fields

• Sources of EMF
• Definitions of electrical fields and magnetic
• Effects of EMF on human health and
• Standards
• EMF shielding solutions

Data center monitoring

• Monitoring requirements
• EMS versus BMS
• Water leak detection systems
• Notification options and considerations

Operational security and safety practices

• Data center security layers
• Physical, infrastructure and organizational
• Safety messages and essential signage


• Choosing a labeling scheme
• Recommended labeling practices
• Network labeling


• How to set up proper documentation
• Document management policies and


• Cleaning practices for the data center


• Standards and definitions
• Calculation models
• The “real” value