Certified Data Centre Design Professional

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Certified Data Centre Design
TM Qualification

A Unique Programme offered by Hong Kong College of Engineering in Hong Kong.
Jointly organized with CNet Training, UK

Commencing Date:
4th Intake - Section A, CDCDP (3-day Course) – Data Centre Design Series
26 August 2010
(26 August 2010 – 28 August 2010)

1st Intake -
Section B, CDCDP (4 one-day Courses) – Green Data Centre Series
Data Centre Power

: 5 July 2010 (successfully finished, next round to be offered in 2011)
Data Centre Management
: 6 July 2010 (successfully finished, next round to be offered in 2011)
Data Centre Cooling

: 8 October 2010 (Friday)
Data Centre Efficiency

: 9 October 2010 (Saturday)

We are an Exclusive Approved Training Centre in Hong Kong for CDCDPTM courses delivery.
The Hong Kong College of Engineering is quintuple accredited by:

Course Code
: 10199
Course Name
: Certified Data Centre Design Professional TM Qualification


This programme is jointly organized with Hong Kong College of Engineering (HKCE) and CNet Training, UK.
CNet Training has been offering programmes spanning the entire communications industries since 1996. It has
built an enviable reputation for providing communications professionals with the right technical training
complemented with the right internationally recognized qualifications over the world.

CDCDPTM (Certificate Data Centre Design ProfessionalTM) is the accumulation of required courses* and has an
overall BTEC qualification upon completion.

Qualification Overview
The Certified Data Centre Design professional™ (CDCDPTM) qualification brings together the essential
components of proficiency to independently certify that an individual is professional, highly skilled,
knowledgeable and more than an expert; a qualified person with a contemporary standards compliant and
European code of conduct visualization of what is required to create preeminent Data Centres and best practice
to manage and maintain them.

This BTEC qualification from Edexcel combines (1) Certified Data Centre Design and (2) Data Centre
Power; (3) Data Centre Cooling; (4) Data Centre Efficiency; AND (5) Data Centre Management as the only
complete Data Centre qualification available worldwide. The program is intended to furnish Data Centre
Professionals with depth and breadth of learning and to provide independently verified proof of competency. The
unit based structure of the overall qualification allows flexibility to take each unit at your convenience over a
period of time and to acquire an additional core qualification in Certified Data Centre Design.

It doesn’t stop there, however; there are two optional units, (1) Certified Data Centre Technician (CDCTTM) and
(2) Data Centre Project Management (DCPM), provide three additional qualifications: two BTEC and one from
TPMA. The CDCDPTM package gives you an outstanding Advanced Professional Level 5 BTEC
Qualifications from Edexcel that provides an unbeatable industry recognized and endorsed level of capability
that places you ahead of your competition.

Qualification Framework
The CDCDPTM has been divided into two sections. Section A is Certified Data Centre Design course, whereas
section B is an advanced qualification including four optional courses (1) Data Centre Power, (2) Data Centre
Cooling, (3) Data Centre Efficiency and (4) Data Centre Management.

By completing section A - Certified Data Centre Design, you are eligible to acquire CDCDTM qualification which is
an intermediate level of whole CDCDPTM and BTEC qualified. You are required to further study 4 courses in
Section B and acquire CDCDPTM qualification in 1 year (or in maximum 3 years). Those courses act as refresher

courses and any latest technology information will be added. You may refer to the following diagram:

All the Data Centre Courses have been fully updated to take into account the requirements of the 2009 EU Code
of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency.

Target Audience
The course is suitable for: IT, Project and Facilities Managers, Designers, Consultants, etc.

Existing engineers who wish to update and add skills to their current knowledge

Existing engineers who wish to gain a qualification to verify their competency

New entrants to the industry who wish to gain the appropriate knowledge in order to secure employment

Sales staff who need to understand the issues facing their customers

Maintenance staff who may need to perform on site maintenance and repair

Project managers and supervisors managing data centre projects

Career Prospects / Recognition
The qualification is wholly recognized by BTEC / Edexcel, UK and is flexible for you to study according to your
schedule. Graduates from CDCDPTM will be awarded BTEC Advanced Professional Qualification (NQF level
5) a Higher National Diploma (HND) qualification in UK.

The course aims at teaching three aspects (1) Design; (2) Construction and (3) Operation of computer room and
data centres. Each unit is principally assessed by an ongoing design exercise that lead you through all the steps
needed to arrive at a baseline design of a modern data centre.

Entry Requirements
All applicants are expected to have some knowledge of basic IT and electrical engineering skills. There is no
restriction on previous backgrounds, working experience and others are all acceptable. Some basic knowledge
in English is essential.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

(A) Learning outcomes

Use and implement the concepts of data centre design in terms of standards TIA 942
(Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centres), European standards and the Uptime
Institute’s Tier Performance Standards.

Describe the principles of and calculate heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements
and explain and calculate power supply principles and power requirements.

Explain structured cabling concepts, copper cabling components, optical cabling components and
optical systems and cable system design.

(B) Assessment criteria for pass

Create a design of a data centre that satisfies TIA 942, EN 50174, BS 6701and the Uptime Institute’s
Tier Performance Standards.

Give correct answers to Questions 1 to 45 of the end test compared to the model answers. Create a
design of a data centre including the calculation of HVAC and power supply requirements.

Give correct answers to Questions 1 to 45 of the end test compared to the model answers. Create a
design of a data centre explaining the structured cabling installation and design requirements.

Course Syllabus
It was divided into Section A, Section B and Supplementary Courses as mentioned above.

Section A ~ CDCDTM Qualification

Section B ~ Four Courses
(1) Data Centre Power
(2) Data Centre Cooling
(3) Data Centre Efficiency
(4) Data Centre Management

Supplementary Courses
(1) Certified Data Centre Technician (CDCTTM)
(2) Data Centre Project Management (DCPM)

Section A ~ CDCDTM Qualification Syllabus

The syllabus, held over three days (18 hours), is aimed at teaching best practice design principles for the
design, construction and operation of computer rooms and data centres. It consists of a number of
subsections that address the fundamental requirements of a successful design such as electrical power supply,
air conditioning and data cabling. Best practice is achieved by bringing together the requirements of British
Building Regulations, Statutory Instruments, EC Directives and British and European standards. Several case
studies are considered to see examples of good, and bad, practice in real situations. The unit is principally
assessed by an ongoing design exercise that lead the students through all the steps needed to arrive at a
baseline design of a modern data centre.

1 Introduction
5 Power supplies
(A) TIA 942 and European standards
(A) Some electrical principles, volts, amps, watts,
(B) TIA 942 spaces and hierarchical model
kVA, power factor and three phase
(C) Example projects and costings
(B) Electrical distribution codes
(D) Size of market
(C) Power density
(E) Intro to Uptime Model of Tiering
(D) TIA 942 requirements
2 Facilities and location
(E) TIA 942 Tiers
(A) TIA 942 recommendations for location, size,
(F) The meaning of N, N+1 2(N+1) etc
heights, floor loading, lighting and raised
(G) Estimating power requirements

(H) Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) options
(B) Audits of designs
(I) Power distribution to and in a rack
(C) Emergency lighting and signage
(J) Power Distribution Units
(D) Services and facilities
3 Raised floor design
6 Cooling
(A) TIA 942 recommendations
(A) Basics of air conditioning principles
(B) (PSA) Method of Building
(B) Comfort vs. precision air conditioning
(C) Performance Specification ‘Platform Floors
(C) TIA 942 requirements

(Raised Access Floors)’, MOB PF2 PS
(D) Fresh air and ventilation requirements
(D) BS EN 12825:2001
(E) Power consumption of air conditioning
(E) Calculating floor heights
(F) Air conditioning options
(F) Ramps and the Disability
(G) Underfloor plenum approach
(G) Discrimination Act
(H) Hot aisle/cold aisle model
(H) Earthing and bonding
(I) The limiting factors for free cooling of racks via
4 Rack location
floor vents
(A) TIA 942 and ASHRAE recommendations
(J) Fan assisted floor vents and fan assisted racks
(B) Hot aisle/cold aisle model
(K) Min and max throw distances for underfloor air
(C) 7-tile pitch model
(L) Side to side cooling
(D) Underfloor plenum air distribution
(M) Upgrade paths
(E) What makes a rack a server rack?
(N) Chilled water racks, CO2, Passive Air
(F) 4-post and 2-post systems
(O) Testing
(G) Using tools like Visio and Netzoom
(P) TIA 942 Tiering for HVAC

Section A ~ CDCDTM Qualification Syllabus (Cont’d)

7 Earthing
10 Fire – cabling
(A) Applicable standards
(A) Fuel loads of different cable materials
(B) American building codes
(B) The terminology of earthing, grounding and

(C) The riser and plenum grade of cable
(D) NFPA 262
(C) Equipotential bonding
(E) Limited Combustible cables
(D) Functional earths
(F) European Directives
(E) TIA 942 requirements
(G) The Construction Products Directive
(F) The Signal Reference Grid (SRG)
(H) European fire tests and standards
(G) SRG spacing and connection
(I) Insurance
8 Cable containment
(J) Comparing US and European specs
(A) Applicable standards
(K) Relative costs
(B) Separation of power and data cables to EN
11 Copper cabling components

50174 and BS 6701 and TIA 942
(A) 10GBASE-T and CAT6A standards
(C) Types of conduit, trunking, tray etc available
(B) Manufacturers’ offerings for CAT6A
(D) Fill rules
(C) Screened v unscreened cables
(E) Cable management in and to a rack
(D) Horizontal, vertical and angled patchpanels
(F) Fire stopping
12 Optical cabling components
(G) Earthing and bonding
(A) Optical connectors, past and present
9 Fire design
(B) Optical patch panels and accessories
(A) Fire detection and suppression requirements
(C) Types of optical cable, loose tube and tight

of TIA 942
(B) Pre-action sprinkler system
13 Preterminated cabling
(C) Approved gaseous fire suppression
(C) Advantages and disadvantages of

chemicals (clean agent)
preterminating cables
(D) Smoke detector selection
(D) The MPO and MTP ribbon connector
(E) Aspirating smoke detectors (VESDA)
(E) Some manufacturers’ examples
(F) BS 5839 requirements for fire detection
14 Optical systems
(G) ‘L’ and ‘M’ categories
(A) The OM1, OM2, OM3, OS1 model
(H) Siting of fire/smoke detectors
(B) The OF300, OF500 and OF2000 model
(I) NFPA 75 requirements
(C) Optical component loss and link power budgets
(J) Cables for smoke detectors and alarm
(D) Ethernet’s cable requirements

(E) 10GBASE-xyz cable requirements
(F) 10GBASE-xyz transmission distances
(G) Premium fibres
(H) How many connectors allowed in a channel?
(J) ISO 11801:2002 requirements for optical

Section A ~ CDCDTM Qualification Syllabus (Cont’d)

15 Cable system design
17 Project management issues
(A) The 2,3 and 4 connector model from ISO
(A) Safety audits

(B) Health & safety issues
(B) Intelligent patching
(C) Construction Design and Management
(C) The hierarchical structure of a data centre
(D) LAN and SAN layouts
(D) TIA 942 redundancy and Tiering in more
(E) Differences between TIA 942 and EN

50173-5 terminology
18 Data Centre Networks
(F) TIA 942 topology
16 Security, access control, CCTV and BMS
(B) Networking Protocols eg Ethernet, IP, FC,
(A) Fire detection and monitoring

(B) Security and access control


(D) Building management systems

Section B ~ Syllabus of Four Courses:

(E) TIA 942 requirements for security and

(1) Data Centre Cooling (1 day)
(F) IP networks that integrate security and
(2) Data Centre Management (1 day)

(3) Data Centre Power (1 day)
(G) Rack level monitoring systems
(4) Data Centre Efficiency (1 day)

(1) Data Centre Cooling
(2) Data Centre Management

(A) Review of Power and Cooling
1 Introduction & objectives
(B) Regulation review and the impact on data
(A) Understanding the bigger picture

(B) The concept of best practice
(C) Maximising existing investment by getting
2 Managing the Data Centre Facilities

the most out of existing hot-aisle/cold-aisle
(A) Handover of the data centre facility
(B) Establishing the design limits
(D) Coefficiency of performance of CRACs
(C) Controlling the environment
(E) Heat pumps and Carnot Efficiency
(D) Maintenance practices
(F) Performance factors of air to air heat pumps
(E) Data centre inventory and documentation
(G) Dynamics and problems of air flow
(F) Installation practices
(H) Software simulation, advantages and
(G) Monitoring and ongoing administration of the

(I) Comparison of high-density cooling
(H) Meeting the needs of regulators and 3rd

(J) R744 refrigerant comparisons
(I) Testing for recovery and resilience
(J) Backup and equipment recovery
(K) Access and security

Section B ~ Syllabus of Four Courses (Cont’d):

(3) Data Centre Power
(4) Data Centre Cooling

1 The Electricity Supply
1 Power trends – an overview
(A) Where does the electricity come from?
(A) Past, current and future needs
(B) Electrical supply options from Supply
(B) Alternative energy sources

2 Cooling trends – an overview
(C) Costs of electrical power
(A) Past, current and future needs
(D) Types of Tariff available
(B) Emerging cooling options
(E) Comparison of European and American
3 Power Usage Efficiency (PUE)

power systems
(A) Describing PUE
2 Distribution in the Data Centre
(B) Calculating PUE
(A) 1-phase AC, 3-phase AC and DC power
(C) Implementing PUE

4 Data Centre infrastructure Efficiency (DCiE)
(B) Power distribution and associated losses
(A) Describing DCiE
(C) Specifying Power Density
(B) Calculating DCiE
(D) Power Density Areas
(C) Implementing DCiE
(E) Peak versus Average Power density
5 The network critical infrastructure
(F) Harmonic currents and residual losses
(A) Overview of network critical infrastructure
(G) Emergency power off (EPO)
(B) Heat and power contributions
3 Standby Power
(C) Efficient implementation of NCI
(A) Standby Generators
5 Modeling of data centre electrical efficiency
(B) UPS, batteries and redundant systems (N+0,

(A) Describing data centre efficiency
N+1, N+N)
(B) Efficiency myths
(C) UPS Technologies and Efficiencies
(C) Useful energy versus waste energy
4 Methods of reducing power consumption
6 Implementing data centre electrical efficiency
(A) Microprocessor trends
(A) Power costs
(B) Multi-core processors
(B) Energy use in the data centre
(C) Server Power Tuning And Clustering
(C) Energy use in the IT equipment
(D) Virtualisation performance and power

(D) Energy use in the NCI equipment

(E) Low power networking eg Ethernet

(F) Intelligent PDUs and software simulation

All the Data Centre Courses have been fully updated to take into account the requirement of the 2009 EU
Code of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency (if it is required).

Syllabus of Supplementary Courses

(1) Certified Data Centre Technician (CDCTTM)
(2) Data Centre Project Management (DCPM)

1 Introduction to data centres
Day 1
What is a data centre?
Project Management Process
Functional requirements
Lessons Learned
Overview of design issues (Tier 1 to Tier IV)
2 Standards overview
Internal Process
TIA 942
Technical Process
ANSI/TIA/EIA-568; 569; 606; 607; 758
Day 2
EN 50173; 50174; 50346; 50310
Project Management Knowledge Areas
BS7671 electrical regs
Project Human Resources Management
Project Scope Management
3 Health and Safety
Project Integration Management
Optical fibre hazards
Project Time Management
Electrical hazards
Slips trips and falls
Project Cost Management
Project Quality Management
Manual handling & Lifting devices
Project Communications Management
Noise & Lighting levels
Project Risk Management
4 Power overview
Power sources & Back-up power
Project Procurement Management
Electricity supply and distribution
Day 3, 4, & 5
Templates & working in teams
1-phase and 3-phase
Students work in teams to build a project plan for
5 Security
Data centre protocol (do’s and don’ts,
one of their typical projects including; lessons
learned process and teamwork, a quality
Physical security
assurance plan, scope of work, OBS, WBS,
6 Cable management, fibre and copper
network diagrams, Gantt charts, calendar,
Capacity Planning
Access floors
timeline, safety plan, earned value cost plan
Equipment racks/cabinets
and a communications plan. These templates
Efficient use of cabinet space
can be used on the TPMA Certification Exam
Cabling and channel verification
and on future projects.
Intelligent Management
7 Data Centre Networks

Networking Protocols eg Ethernet, IP, FC,

** Feature Programme ~ Data Centre Project Management (DCPM)

You may become a certified data centre project manager in one of the following disciplines by customizing the
first part of the exam process to your field of expertise. All specialties have been developed for Project
Management Professionals in the telecommunications and information transport industry:

Project Manager (PM), Data Centre Project Manager (DCPM), Wireless Project Manager (WPM), Security
Systems Project Manager (SPM), Telecommunications Project Manager (TPM) and Networks Project Manager

Tuition Fee (Section A)
The tuition fee of CDCDTM qualification (3-day) is HK$9,800 per person. Examination fee has been included.
Early bird enrollment: The first 15 applicants will enjoy special offer price $8,820. (Examination fee included)

Tuition Fee (Section B)
The tuition fee of each 1-day course is HK$4,000 per person. (Examination fee included.)
Special Offer (a discount of 20% or 10%): Register to four 1-day courses with HK$12,800; Register to two /
three 1-day courses with HK$7,200 / HK$10,800

Tuition Fee (Other Supplementary / Advanced Courses)
To be announced.

Course Schedule & Venue (for Section A and Section B Programme)
4th Intake - Section A, CDCDP (3-day Course)
26 August 2010 – 28 August 2010

1st Intake - Section B, CDCDP (4 one-day Courses) - Green Data Centre Series
Data Centre Power

: 5 July 2010 (successfully finished, next round to be offered in 2011)
Data Centre Management
: 6 July 2010 (successfully finished, next round to be offered in 2011)
Data Centre Cooling

: 8 October 2010 (Friday)
Data Centre Efficiency

: 9 October 2010 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue: Hong Kong College of Engineering
(4/F, Fee Tat Commercial Centre, 613 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Instructor(s) / Other Course Details
: Ir. Dr. Peter Kwan, Ir. C.K. Chan, Ir. Herman Poon, Ir. Dr. Raymond Cheung, Ir. Wallace. Chan
All instructors are Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Registered Professional Engineer (RPE) in Hong
Kong or have equivalent qualification with Master Degree & with 15 - 20 years relevant working
Medium of Instruction : Cantonese / English (with English Learning Materials)
Application Deadline : Two days before the date of commencement
Intake Target
: 15 - 20 students
: An administration fee (HK$1,000) will be charged for each withdrawal application.

Enquiries and Registration

Contact Person: Mr. K.H. Lui
Tel: (852) 3165 8068
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.hkceedu.org
Blog: http://engineer-job.blogspot.com