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BICSI's Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC)

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.

Released in 2011, the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) was created 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 would benefit from earning the DCDC credential.

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.


Requirements and Qualifications

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 credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all DCDCs must obtain a minimum of 24 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours. The DCDC registration must be renewed every three years.

Examination Information

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email confiming your approval. Notification includes the required candidate ID Number and scheduling information. You will need to schedule your exam at You will have up to one year to pass the examination after your application has been approved.

The DCDC exam is based on content found in BICSI 002-2011, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices and the Network Systems and Commissioning (NSC) reference, 1st Edition.
The examination is administered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format at Pearson VUE Authorized Training Centers worldwide. Locations of testing centers can be found at

Format: 2 hours, 100 questions, closed-book and multiple choice
Application Fee: Members—$245 ; Nonmembers—$370
Exam Fee: Members—$150 ; Nonmembers—$275 
Exam Retake Fee (if applicable): Members—$150 ; Nonmembers—$275

Click here for DCDC Exam Content Outline
Click here for additional exam information and an application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to complete the ICT Fundamentals examination or hold a current RCDD or RITP credential to sit for the exam?

No. The DCDC credential is open to anyone who has the required experience listed above. However, candidates may find completing the ICT Fundamentals or holding either the RCDD or RITP useful.

For credential renewal, what can qualify as a continuing education credit (CEC) for the DCDC?