BICSI's Data Center Design Consultant
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 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 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 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 examination.
To sit for the 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 credential is valid for three years. Within each three-year period, all credential holders must obtain a minimum of 24 BICSI continuing education credit (CEC) hours. The registration must be renewed every three years.
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BICSI verifies all reference letters and processes applications in the order they were received. Please be sure that all of your references have a phone number and email address.
Only completed applications will be accepted (refer to checklist on page 13 of the Data Center Design Consultant Exam application). Please do not send in partial applications. Please allow up to 30-60 days for approval.
Application Validity Period
Your application is valid for one year from the date it was approved. This is referred to as your eligibility dates in your Exam Authorization Letter.
The exam is administered in a computer-based testing (CBT) format at Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Once your application is approved, you will receive a BICSI Exam Authorization Letter by email confirming your approval. The authorization letter includes your required Candidate ID number and scheduling information. Your testing date, time and location will be scheduled by you through Pearson VUE at pearsonvue.com/BICSI.
BICSI offers paper-pencil exams at select BICSI Conferences. Please visit www.bicsi.org for upcoming paper-pencil examinations. To register for a paper-pencil exam at a scheduled location on www.bicsi.org, please contact 800.242.7405 (USA and Canada toll-free), +1 813.979.1991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are required to bring two forms of identification to the testing center, one of which must be a government-issued photo ID with your signature (e.g., driver’s license, government ID or passport).
NOTE: The name on the photo ID must match exactly as the name submitted in your application and eligibility letter. You will not be accepted into the exam center if the names do not appear exactly the same. Contact BICSI to update your name or contact information. Pearson VUE cannot accept any changes to your records.
About the Exam
Computer-based testing is the primary examination administration method through Pearson VUE. Paper-pencil format is available only a couple of times per year at select BICSI Conferences. See Exam Registration section for more information.
The data center examination is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions. You are allotted 2 hours to complete the exam. The exam is designed to test your knowledge and your ability to solve problems in situations by applying the acquired knowledge (knowledge- and application-based questions) in the Duty/Task Statement areas of the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant Exam Content Outline/Blueprint and Job Task Analysis.
You must achieve a minimum of 70 percent on the exam to pass.
Pass/fail results will be provided at the testing center after completing the exam. A score report is also provided to all unsuccessful candidates. The score report will reflect a percentage of correct answers in each section of the exam, not an actual score. Results are not provided over the phone for CBT exams.
Candidates must be able to use a computer and mouse. Special needs may be requested on page 13 of the application.
Candidates are not allowed to bring anything (phones, watches, hats, etc.) into the testing room. All necessary items will be available during the exam, including calculators and a whiteboard for scratch paper.
There are no scheduled breaks during the CBT exam. If a break is needed, the break will count towards the 120 minutes you have to complete the exam.
The exam is structured to allow you to challenge a question that you think may be unclear, confusing or incomplete. You may also flag a question and return to it at the end of the exam. Challenged questions that are meaningful and relevant to the exam question will be reviewed by the Registrations and Credentials Supervision (RCS) Committee. If you answer the question incorrectly and the committee determines a rescore changing your final score from fail to pass, the credentialing department will notify you by email within 30-days of the exam. The time spent on challenging questions is allotted in the 150 exam time total.
The exam is designed to test your knowledge and your ability to solve problems in situations by applying the acquired knowledge (knowledge- and application-based questions) in the Duty/Task Statement areas of the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant Exam Content Outline/Blueprint and Job Task Analysis.
Click here for the Data Center Design Consultant Duty/Task Statement.
The content areas can be found in the following reference materials:
ANSI/BICSI 002-2011, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices
BICSI’s Network Systems and Commissioning (NSC) reference, 1st edition
Suggested DCDC Exam Preparation
125+ hours of study from the above reference materials
Introduction to Data Center Design—(online)
DC125: Data Center Design and Best Practices—BICSI Instructor-led Training
$245 Member/$370 Nonmember
$150 Member/$275 Nonmember
$130 Member/$315 Nonmember
Renewal Late Fee (60-90 days)*
Renewal Late Fee (91+ days)*
$20 Member/$25 Nonmember
Application fees must accompany application. Application prices are listed in U.S. dollars. Other currencies are available for testing fees through Pearson VUE’s website. Only credit cards are accepted for exam fees through Pearson VUE. Vouchers for examination fees may be provided to you by BICSI if necessary, if payment has been received.
*Only those with pre-approved extensions to meet the renewal requirements are eligible.