Certified Data Center Professional (CDCP®) is a data center certification provided by EXIN EPI that validates a data center professional understands the key components of a data center and can maintain and improve data center operations and maintenance to maximize uptime.
Those aspiring to receive the CDCP certification should have at least one year of experience working in a data center environment. The course takes place over two days and includes a one-hour exam consisting of 40 questions that must be passed to receive the certification.
The content of the CDCP program includes:
- Data center basics and common causes of downtime
- Data center standards and best practices
- Data center location, building, and construction
- Power and cooling infrastructure
- Data center racks
- Network infrastructure
- Data center physical security
- Water supply, fire protection, lighting, and auxiliary systems
- Operational considerations including service level agreements, monitoring, and governance
By being CDCMP certified, data center professionals can better demonstrate their value to current and prospective employers. Certificate holders have proven to be able to understand the various data center technologies and industry standards, and they have the skills and knowledge to maintain uptime, increase energy efficiency, design networks, perform data center monitoring, and ensure the security of the data center.