Certified Data Centre Expert (CDCE)

Certification Overview

Certified Data Centre Expert (CDCE)

Exam Code: CDCE-001

IT professional working in and around the Data Centre, having oversight accountability or responsibility for achieving and improving high availability and manageability of the Data Centre and will be involved in the design/build, renovation or relocation of a mission critical Data Centre.

With few exceptions, enterprises today rely on IT for the delivery of business or mission critical services often directly to the end consumer. It is vitally important therefore, that a mission critical Data Centre be managed, designed, maintained, and operated with guaranteed high-availability and efficiency in mind. Fact is however, that most Data Centre do not meet the full availability, capacity, safety or efficiency requirements demanded by the enterprise.

E-Course Duration: 20 to 25 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 a percentage of 70% (28 out of 40) 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 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 Expert (CDCE)® Certificate is valid for life.

CDCE® is a Registered Trademark of GAQM.


The candidate must hold the Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)™ Certificate in order to be able to register for the CDCE® Certification exam.

Note: The Certified Data Centre Expert (CDCE)® Certification has no pre-requisites (Completion of an E-Course is not mandatory from GAQMBok portal), but we highly recommend doing the E-Course as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Power Redundancy in the Data Center

  • Introduction
  • UPS
  • Types of UPS
  • Standby UPS
  • Line Interactive UPS
  • Standby-Ferro UPS
  • Double Conversion On-Line UPS
  • Delta Conversion On-Line
  • UPS System Design Configuration
  • The Concept of “N”
  • Types of Redundancies
  • UPS Rightsizing
  • Power Environments
  • Standby Generators

Module 2 – Power Distribution I

  • Introduction
  • Power Transmission Overview
  • Nominal Vs Normal Voltage
  • Transformer
  • Type of Transformers
  • Service Entrance
  • Main Electrical Service Panel
  • Facility Transformers
  • Sub-Panels
  • Feeders
  • Branch Circuits
  • Receptacles

Module 3 – Physical Infrastructure Management Basics

  • What is Management?
  • Physical Infrastructure Management Challenges
  • Incident Management
  • Availability Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Physical Infrastructure Management Strategy
  • Management Focus
  • Physical Infrastructure Management Standards
  • Management Approaches
  • Element Managers
  • Enterprise Management System
  • Building Management System
  • Integrating Physical Infrastructure Management
  • Physical Infrastructure Element Manager

Module 4 – Rack Fundamentals

  • Introduction
  • The 19 Inch Standard
  • Earthquake Standards
  • Open Frame Rack
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Frames
  • Server Enclosure
  • Networking Enclosure
  • Seismic Enclosure
  • Wall Mount Enclosure
  • Industry Survey Results
  • Lifecycle Costs
  • Availability
  • Improving Airflow: Door Ventilation
  • Improving Airflow: Blanking Panels
  • Improving Airflow: ADU
  • Improving Airflow: SADU
  • Improving Airflow: ARU
  • Maintenance and Serviceability
  • Adaptability and Scalability
  • Manageability
  • Floor Plan

Module 5 – Cooling System

  • Introduction
  • Rack based Cooling
  • Room based Cooling
  • Row based Cooling
  • Hybrid Cooling

Target Audience

Data Centre Operations Managers, Data Centre Designers, Facilities Managers, IT Service Delivery Managers, IT Technical Marketing & Technical Sales Reps, IT Department Managers

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

Premium Package
(E-Course Version)

  • Self Explanatory
  • Valid for 40 days
  • The Package also includes E-Voucher/Access Key for Certification Exam
  • 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: 220 USD


  • Self Explanatory
  • 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: 85 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 128 USD
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