CDCE® - Certified Data Centre Expert

CDCE® - Certified Data Centre Expert


The primary audience for this course is any IT, facilities or data centre professional, who is involved in the design/build, renovation or relocation of a mission-critical data centre.


Participants must hold a valid CDCS® - Certified Data Centre Specialist certificate in order to register for the CDCE® class.


5 days.

This course is available on site only. Please call for details.

Course Objectives

The Certified Data Centre Expert course is a five-day course designed to prepare participants to analyse a given business case, perform technical evaluation of a project plan and a set of designs for the implementation of a mission-critical data centre. The course also engages participants in product evaluations and demonstrates how to select equipment, develop equipment test scripts (IET) and integrated performance and validation testing (IPVT). CDCE® builds upon knowledge gained in CDCP® and CDCS® courses. Participants who pass the exam will join the industry’s elite data centre project design experts.

After completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Choose an optimum site for mission-critical data centres based on current and future needs
  • Describe all components important for high-availability in a data centre and how to effectively setup the data centre
  • Understand the design lifecycle stages for data centre build projects and the phases involved in project execution
  • Analyse a business case and develop a project brief that is aimed at fulfilling the business resilience, site selection and design requirements for a fit-for-purpose and suitably redundant mission-critical data centre
  • Conduct technical level design reviews for a given set of preliminary design documents and perform a technical compliance audit of a set of nal design development documents compliant to TIA standards
  • Understand how to read electrical Single Line Diagrams (SLD) and other related design documents, and be able to detect the most common design mistakes
  • Evaluate product datasheets and discriminate amongst technical specifications and functional requirements for suitability against a set of given design requirements for a given site and business case
  • Correlate equipment specifications to site design constraints, such as room size and space, floor loading capacity, cooling capacity, power quality conditions and maintenance requirements while ensuring equipment selection does not compromise desired tier level compliance
  • Develop Individual Equipment Test (IET) and Integrated Performance Validation Test (IPVT) plans for a mission-critical data centre
  • Develop guidelines and checklists for handover of a mission-critical data centre facility, its architectural, mechanical, electrical, IT elements and documentation
  • Develop retirement plans for decommissioning and handover of an aged mission-critical data centre facility

Course Content

Data Centre Life Cycle
Data centre 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
Operations 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 suppression
Design freeze and LLTI
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
Incoming goods inspection and handling
Asset management

Temporary essential services
Erection of the building
Permanent essential services
Building inspection
Snag list
COF – Certificate Of Fitness

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 Certificate

Reasons and definitions of retirement
Building the business case and project plan
Transfer of site
Demolishing of site
Legal matters
FCC – Final Completion Certificate


The CDCE exam is in two parts: Part A is a 90-minute closed book exam, with 60 multiple-choice questions. For Part A, the candidate requires a minimum of 45 correct answers to pass the exam. Part B is a 90-minute closed book exam, with 25 open questions. For Part B the candidate needs to obtain a minimum of 75% to pass.

Attendees who pass the exam will be awarded the internationally accredited and recognised 'Certified Data Centre Expert' certificate (CDCE).

The CDCE certificate is valid for 3 years, after which recertification is required.

CDCE is world-wide accredited by EXIN.

Virtual Courses

ALL of our courses can be delivered virtually. And our Bath public schedule of courses are now available as live virtual sessions, using the popular Zoom Virtual Classroom and remote labs. Delegates can test their access at:

On-Site Courses

Can't attend one of our public classes? Booking for multiple people?

All our courses are available on your site! Delivered for your staff, at your premises.

Contact us to find out more...