Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP)

Certification Overview

Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP)

Exam Code: CDCP-001

GAQM provides an international, vendor-neutral credential with a global standard for measuring competency in the core elements of a data center.

The Certified Data Centre Professional exam certification indicates a foundational knowledge of critical physical infrastructure in the Data Center. The Certified Data Centre Professional’s have to demonstrate a base level proficiency in the elements of: cooling, fire safety and protection, racks, cabling, management and physical security. The candidate’s who are appearing for the Certified Data Centre Professional exam must have sufficient knowledge in data center design and cabling strategies. The Certified Data Centre Professional certification can significantly increase productivity and proficiency because certified professionals have the knowledge to successfully overcome obstacles faced in data center design, build and operations.

E-Course Duration: 10 to 15 Hours

e-Competence Framework (e-CF)

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Exam Information

The exam comprises of 40 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score 65% (26 out of 40 correct) to pass the exam.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour (60 Minutes).

No external sources of information may be accessed during the exam held via ProctorU. Further details of the materials permitted are provided:

  • Identification Proof
  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times.

The Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP)™ Certificate is valid for life.

CDCP™ is a trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Data Centre Professional (CDCP)™ Certification requires a mandatory E-Course completion requirement.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Availability

  • Introduction
  • Measuring Business Value
  • Five 9’s of Availability
  • Limitations of 99.999%
  • Factors affecting Availability
  • A/C Power Conditions
  • Cooling Issues
  • Equipment Failures
  • Natural and Artificial Disasters
  • Human Errors
  • Cost of Downtime
  • Calculating Cost of Downtime

Module 2 – Examining Fire protection methods in the Data Center

  • Introduction
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Prevention
  • System Objectives of Data Center Fire Protection System
  • Fire Triangle
  • Classes of Fire
  • Stages of Combustion
  • Fire Detection Devices
  • Smoke Detectors
  • ISTD
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Methods of Fire Supression
  • Water Sprinkler System
  • Water Mist Suppression System

Module 3 – Fundamentals of Cabling strategies for Data Centers

  • Introduction
  • Cabling
  • Overview of Cables
  • Cabling Installation
  • Cable Layout Architectures
  • Cable Management
  • Managing Cables
  • Cable Maintenance Practices

Module 4 – Fundamentals of Cooling I

  • Introduction
  • Evolution
  • Data Center Cooling
  • Physics of Cooling
  • Heat Transfer Methods
  • Airflow in IT Spaces
  • Heat Generation
  • Gas Law
  • Evaporation
  • Compression
  • Condensation
  • Expansion
  • Evaporator

Module 5 – Fundamentals of cooling II : Humidilty in the Data Center

  • Introduction
  • Cooling Related Devices
  • Humidity and Static Electricity
  • Nature of Humidity
  • Humidity Control in Data Center
  • Relative Humidity Control
  • Dew Point Control
  • Humidification System
  • Converted Office Space
  • OSP’s
  • Short Cycling

Target Audience

  • System integrators involved in data centre IT operations activities, serving their own data centre or as owned by their customers
  • Commercial customer who have to maintain their own data centre
  • Personnel working in commercial companies who are responsible for data centre IT operations
  • IT, facilities or Data Centre Operations professional

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

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  • Valid for 40 days
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  • The E-Voucher/Access Key can be used via ProctorU Globally.
  • Hard Copy Certificate will be shipped to your mailing address within six to eight working weeks and a Digital Badge will be sent to your email if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 175 USD


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  • E-Course is Valid for 20 days
  • This Package doesn't includes E-Voucher for Certification Exam.
  • Candidate has to purchase the E-Voucher separately to take the Certification Exam.
  • Course Duration: 20 Days
  • Price: 80 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 128 USD
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