Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)

Certification Overview

Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)

Exam Code: CDCS-001

The Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)™ exam is the next step after the Certified Data Centre Professional exam.  Frequent or rapid changes in business dynamics require enterprises to be increasingly agile. The Certified Data Specialist (CDCS) Certification enables candidates to coupe enterprise needs scalable space, power, network capabilities and reliable security to efficiently manage growth and control expenses. CDCS will further increase attendees to a level being a compatible sparring partner with suppliers and they will be able to verify offers provided by vendors for correctness, effectiveness and efficiency.

The participant needs to be aware of Advanced Data Center topics such as Selecting the Power, Space and Network Connectivity Right for the organization, DC power and redundant cooling systems, Concurrently maintaining power and cooling systems (N+1 AC power, N+1 cooling), Site Monitoring, Biometric Authentication, Key Cards, On-site guards, Enhanced Security, enterprise-ready high-density cabinets apart from this the candidate has to be proficient in Data Centre Networking like Reducing Latency, Backbone Technologies, Global cloud and virtualization services, IT convergence etc.

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 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 Specialist (CDCS)™ Certificate is valid for life.

CDCS™ is a Trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Data Centre Specialist (CDCS)™ 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 – Fundamentals of Security

  • Physical Security
  • Identifying assets
  • Physical Security Identification Methods and Devices
  • Other Physical Security Methods
  • Overall Considerations for Physical Security
  • Control Access
  • Risk Tolerance versus Cost
  • Evaluation

Module 2 – Fundamentals of Power

  • Introduction
  • Key Terms
  • Electrical Load
  • Power Types
  • Powers Factors
  • Power System Failures
  • Circuit Breakers and Outlets
  • Physical security measures
  • Power Distribution Components

Module 3 – Generator Management

  • Identifying Main Components
  • Standby Generators
  • Internal Combustion Engine
  • Filters
  • Grounding
  • Voltage Regulator
  • Regulations
  • Switchgear and Distribution
  • Maintenance Measures

Module 4 – Cooling Layouts for Data Center

  • Introduction
  • Types of Cooling System
  • Air Distribution System
  • Data Center Heat Removal Approaches
  • Air Cooled Self-Contained Systems
  • Water Systems
  • Mounting Types
  • Cooling Arrangements
  • Technology Compaction
  • Rack Arrangements

Target Audience

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

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

Premium Package
(E-Course Version)

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  • 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 and a Digital Badge will be sent to your email if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 200 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: 100 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 128 USD
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