BICSI Data Center Design Consultant®

BICSI is the leading authority on data center design programs, designed to educate ICT professionals in proper methods of designing the world's largest and fastest data centers. Data centers have become more complex to design and bring online due to the demand for greater capacity, increased efficiency and higher levels of utilization.

As a data center consultant, you are required to understand the integration of the documentation, plans, specifications, construction and ongoing operational management activities of a data center facility while meeting applicable codes, standards and industry best practices. This includes addressing the requirements of the sponsor, architects, engineers, contractors, stakeholders, service providers and others involved.


I've been designing and installing cable systems in data center environments for 12 years. Earning the BICSI Data Center Design Consultant credential helped me understand the mechanical and electrical system requirements. The course instructor and materials helped me understand each component of these systems and how they function in the data center.”

Doug Terry, RCDD, RTPM, DCDC, NTS, TPMA, Premiere Communications & Consulting, Inc., USA







Last updated 6 May 2024:

The current BICSI DCDC® exam is based on ANSI/BICSI 002-2019 and the EDCP, 1st edition. All DCDC exam candidates will be considered for the CURRENT exam that aligns with these materials, ANSI/BICSI 002-2019 and the EDCP, 1st edition.

Updates to the DCDC certification exam are underway and will be based on ANSI/BICSI 002-2024 and the EDCP, 2nd edition. Note: BICSI is not accepting exam applications based on these materials at this time. Check back for further information on release dates.


    Determine your eligibility and find more information to decide if the DCDC is right for you.


    To be eligible for the DCDC, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

    Option 1 : Hold a current Registered Communications Distribution Designer® (RCDD®) certification.

    Option 2: Have two (2) years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in data center design, construction and/or operations and hold a current BICSI Technician®, Registered Telecommunications Project Manager® (RTPM®), or Outside Plant™ (OSP) certification. In place of holding a certification, a degree in architecture, engineering or construction management is also acceptable.

    Option 3: Have three (3) years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in data center design, construction and/or operations within the past seven (7) years.


    Exam application fee: 
        $510 - BICSI Member
        $725 - Nonmember
    *Includes first exam attempt through Pearson Vue


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    Follow BICSI’s certification handbook and exam blueprint to navigate your knowledge needs.

    No two candidates come to the exam with the same knowledge base, as ICT experience and educational backgrounds vary; therefore, it is not possible to train for or teach to the exam in its entirety. The best way to prepare is to review and study each functional area of the exam content outline for the DCDC Exam, as well as the suggested materials below:


    The exam is 100 questions with 2 hours allotted examination time. The exam contains 100 scored items which include multiple choice, multiple response with two correct answers, drag and drop, hot spot identification and enhanced matching item types.


    Get started & apply today!

    The following items must be completed and submitted to BICSI on your BICSI online profile:

    • A fully completed and descriptive work history including contact information.
    • Current resumé including last ten years of work history.
    • If applicable, a certified or original copy of degrees, diplomas and/or certifications.


    Education, credentials and your ICT work experience will be verified. Based on the verification process of your DCDC design experience, BICSI reserves the right to require additional submittal as proof of experience. Failure to provide these additional requirements will result in rejection of the application.

    Application Processing BICSI processes applications in the order they are received. A nonrefundable application fee must accompany your application. Please allow 30 days for approval.

    Log into your BICSI Credential Dashboard to get started & apply today!

    Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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