Due to the push for greater capacity, increased efficiency and higher levels of utilization, data centers have become more complex to design and bring online. Today’s data center designers are often required to possess knowledge in mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems, as well as being familiar with the other needs of a data center, such as reliability, security and building requirements. Accordingly, BICSI introduces the Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) credential to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated both the knowledge and ability to apply it over the multiple facets within data center design. Candidates for the DCDC designation are individuals involved in the planning, implementing and making of critical decisions regarding data centers. Data center, IT, facility or project managers, architects, engineers, designers, consultants and those planning to enter careers in the data center design, construction or maintenance fields are encouraged to sit for the
DCDC examination. BICSI data center design consultant courses serve as a career path for those seeking advanced knowledge in this area. Several courses are recommended for candidates preparing to take the DCDC examination.
To sit for the DCDC credential examination, you must have:
A minimum of two years of approved and verifiable experience in the design and/or construction of data centers. Experience must be within the last six years. The DCDC exam is based on content found in BICSI 002-2014, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices and BICSI’s Network Systems and Commissioning Reference.
The DCDC credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all DCDCs must obtain a minimum of 24 BICSI-approved continuing education credit (CEC) hours. These CECs must be of a technical nature and directly related to the particular area of specialty within the industry. The DCDC registration must be renewed every three years.
2 ½ hours, 120 questions, closed-book and multiple choice