Data Center Design Awareness

Duration: 3 Days    CPD: 21 Hours      

This is the industry’s most successful foundational course, completed by thousands of professionals worldwide to date and providing them with the essential knowledge they need to participate at a business level within any part of the data center industry ecosystem.



Course Description


This course encompasses the basic principles of data center design, tracking its history from the early days of the mainframe to the modern enterprise data center in its many forms and the future. It has modules on all the major sub-systems of a mission critical facility and their interdependencies, including power, cooling, compute and network.


Students will learn to apply best practice recommendations to site selection, building layout requirements, including resiliency level and space requirements as well as gain a good understanding of relevant standards, regulations, definitions and metrics that apply to the data center industry

Who should attend?

  • Facility engineers and technicians looking to deepen their understanding of the mission critical environment.

  • Architecture, engineering and construction professionals up-skilling or transitioning to data center projects.

  • Sales and marketing staff from technology vendors and other business professionals looking to build a holistic view of the modern data center.



DCPRO's training courses are always informative and interactive. The trainers are very experienced and knowledgable. I recommend these courses not only to the operations team, but to anyone who works at a data center to understand the criticality of running one.

Charlene Gomez

Regional Customer Success Manager

Digital Realty

The Data Center Design Awareness course is excellent for a beginner's course. Room layout linking different considerations eg. Power, Airflow etc... was the most beneficial and insightful section of the course.

Tay Hui Juan
Finance Director

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres

This course has met the required standards of the organisations listed below and is approved, accredited, validated or endorsed by them. More details of our relationship with each and the process for gaining credit equivalencies is available upon request.

Day 1 | The Data Center

  • History of the data centre

  • Business justification

  • Facility types & classification

  • Stakeholders & ecosystem

  • Site selection and environmental considerations

  • Architectural design and standards 

  • Raised access floor and design best practice

  • Connectivity: copper & fibre

  • IT architecture and network design 

  • Fundamentals of cooling

  • Cooling system options & environmental control

  • Electrical power systems basics

  • Power quality & supply

  • Uninterruptible power systems (UPS)

  • Backup power & renewables

Day 3 | Operations and procedures

  • Room Layout

  • Racks & equipment considerations

  • Hot aisle/ cold aisle configuration

  • Fire systems

  • Data center security factors

  • Automation & monitoring including BMS & DCIM

  • Commissioning and handover

  • Codes & statutory regulations

Day 2 | Systems and Processes 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain data center technology advances throughout history, today’s challenges and today’s industry bodies, standards, regulations, definitions and metrics

  • Identify key stakeholders and design considerations in development of data center specifications

  • Explain key considerations for data center site selection

  • Apply best practice recommendations to building layout requirements, including resilience level and space requirements

  • Discuss configuration options for the data center including cabinet types, sizes and layout

  • Distinguish between copper and fibre cable and the appropriate containment of each

  • Identify servers, storage equipment, communications equipment and technology developments used in the data center today

  • Discuss today’s challenges, standards and regulations

  • Define best practice for cooling systems, including AC options and new technology developments

  • Identify major components of electrical systems, including back-up systems, generators and application of efficiency standards

  • Discuss configuration options for the data center, including cabinet types

  • Recognize the essential elements of fire detection and fire suppression

  • Discuss best security plans for physical and electronic security and surveillance. Identify policy and procedures, regulations and standards

  • Define building automation protocols, integrated systems, measuring and monitoring, reporting systems and applicable industry standards

  • Identify commissioning scope, project phases, commissioning plan and documentation, maintenance plans, codes and statutory regulations

Course Calendar 


Below are public classroom dates for Data Center Design Awareness (DCDA). 



5 Oct 2020

4 days

9AM - 2PM


14 Oct 2020

3 days

9AM - 5PM


19 Oct 2020

5 days

9AM - 1PM


02 Nov 2020

3 days

9AM - 5PM


7 Dec 2020

5 days

9AM - 1PM


14 Dec 2020

5 days

9AM - 1PM

Exam & Certificate


Students must complete a supervised open-book online examination on the final afternoon of the course (1 hour). A score of >70% will constitute a pass mark - course work activities will also be taken into consideration by the Instructor.

A certificate of completion will be available for students to download from their online account page that reflects the 21 CPDs they have earned. This can be used against annual professional development hour requirements of numerous professional bodies.

This course is part of the Data Center Practitioner credential which allows use of the post-nominal title DCP®

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