Certified Data Center Expert (CDCE)


Certified Data Center Expert (CDCE®) Training (HK260)

Course Description

The Certified Data Center Expert course is a five-day course
designed to prepare participants to analyze a given business
case and perform technical evaluation for a project plan and
a set of designs for implementation of a mission critical Data
Centre. The course also engages participants in product
evaluations and demonstrates how to select equipment and
develop equipment test scripts (IET) and integrated
performance and validation testing (IPVT). CDCE® builds upon
knowledge gained in CDCP® and CDCS® courses.

Duration: 5 days

Certification Examination

Part A is a 90-minute, 60 questions multiple choice and closed book
exam and the candidate requires a minimum of 45 correct answers to
pass the exam. Part B is a 90-minute, 25 open questions and closed
book exam and the candidate needs to obtain a minimum of 75% to
pass. Attendees passing the exam will be awarded the
internationally accredited and recognized ‘Certified Data Center
Expert’ certificate (CDCE). The certification is valid for three years
after which the student needs to re-certify.


Participants must hold a valid CDCS® certificate in order to register
for the CDCE® class.

course outline

Data Center Life Cycle
Data Center lifecycle stages and phases
• Exercise: Stage/Phase/Milestone/Document mapping

Design Preparation

• Creation of a SON – Statement Of Need
• Technology review
• Conceptual sizing
• How to calculate for computer room space
• How to calculate facility space
• How to calculate incoming power
• Exercise: Conceptual sizing building and power
• Analysing capacity of existing facility
• Analysing investment options
• Site selection
• Permits and approvals
• Exercise: Site selection
• Conceptual design
• Budget and project timeline
• Business case preparation
• Project delivery structure
• Project management options
• Project manager and team

Design Planning

• OSRA – Operational Systems Requirement Analysis
• TFRA – Technical Facilities Requirement Analysis
• Operational and maintenance review
• RFP – Request For Proposal process
• Vendor Selection

Design Development

• Project Planning
• Design Development
• PDR – Preliminary Design Review
• Equipment selection
• FDR/V – Final Design Review/Validation
• Exercise: Full design validation of power, cooling, floor plans, fire
• Design Freeze and LLIP
• Creation of construction documents
• BOM/BOQ – Bill Of Material / Bill Of Quantity
• Exercise: Equipment selection


• Requirements of Purchase Orders
• Shipping Terms
• FWT/FAT – Factory Witness Test / Factory Acceptance Test
• Sequencing
• Incoming Goods Inspection and Handling
• Asset management


• Temporary Essential Services
• Erection of the building
• Permanent Essential Services
• Building Inspection
• Snag List
• COF – Certi ficate Of Fitness


• Fit-Out
• Builders Cleaning
• As-Built Drawings

Test & Commissioning

• IET – Individual Equipment Test
• IPVT/IST – Integrated Performance Verification Test / Integrated

Systems Test

• Common mistakes with IET/IPVT
• Deep Cleaning
• Exercise: IET/IPVT scripting


• Facility Hand-Over requirements and documents
• PCC – Practical Completion Certificate
• DLP – Defect Liability Period
• Defect Management
• ICT Systems Installation
• ICT Systems Testing
• Hand-Over/DLP Expiry
• FCC – Final Completion Certifi cate


• Reasons and definitions of retirement
• Building the business case and project plan
• Sequencing
• Transfer of Site
• Demolishing of Site
• Legal matters
• FCC – Final Completion Certi ficate