Program Overview

Learn how to scope, plan and implement a data centre design to meet the ever expanding demands of today’s business environment. Utilising current industry 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 breaks down and 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-A standards, industry best practice documentation and codes of conduct. During the program learners will also have access to current standards for reference purposes.

The CDCDP® program is classroom based and led by one of CNet Training’s expert instructors.

The CDCDP® program content is continually updated to reflect the current data centre industry design practices and supporting technology.

The program will prove beneficial for those 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.

Program Content

The CDCDP® Program consists of 868 pages of rich technical content of learning and reference material.

Learner Profile

The program 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. Suitable for those with experience in the data centre sector, the program covers in-depth issues on a wide range of relevant topics and is consistently updated to reflect the latest trends and developments.

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Program Duration

The Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) program is 7 days in duration, however it can be split into two units and taken separately:

The Certified Data Centre Design (CDCD®) – Core Unit is a 3 day unit
The Certified Data Centre Design (CDCDP®) – Professional Unit is a 4 day unit

You must successfully complete the (CDCD®) core unit before moving on to the (CDCDP®) professional unit


Experience of working within a data centre environment is essential.

Program Requirements

You are required to bring a laptop or tablet device with you.

Program Objectives

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:

  • Official Certified Data Centre Design Professional (CDCDP®) certification
  • Internationally and industry recognised Level 5 BTEC  Professional Award
  • Use of a post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CDCDP
  • Use of the CDCDP® logo
  • Continual Professional Development (CPDs)

“The CDCDP®  program contains lots of useful information regarding US and International standards. Outstanding program and highly recommended.”
- Data Centre Manager – GSU

CDCD Core Unit

  • 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 Uptime Tier model and TIA 942-A recommendations for location, size, heights, floor loading, lighting and decor
  • Raised Access Floors
    • National and international standards
    • Structural and load requirements
    • Recommended floor heights
    • Airflow and sealing
    • Ramps and access
    • Seismic protection
    • Slab floor construction considerations
  • Cabinets
    • Requirements of a cabinet
    • Security, safety and stabilisation
    • Clearance, accessibility and ventilation
    • Cable management
    • Seismic stability considerations
    • Design specifications
  • Power
    • 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
  • Cooling
    • 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 categories supporting 10GBASE-T, CAT6A & Cat 7A
    • 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.