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Data Center Design Consultant™ (DCDC™)

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About the BICSI DCDC Certification

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.

Things to Know About the DCDC Credential

The DCDC Credential is:

  • the leading designation in the modern data center market, spanning throughout 29 countries
  • sought after by multidisciplinary trade professionals
  • essential in all aspects of the project: new, upgrade or rebuild
  • essential to distinguish your in-demand skill set
  • internationally developed and applied globally
  • recognized across all major disciplines on an intentional basis
  • part of a growing and leading-edge industry.

Still Need More Information?

For additional information regarding the DCDC Certification, please download the DCDC Certification Handbook.

Already a DCDC? 

Contact the BICSI Credentialing Dept. credentialing@bicsi.org to order your stamp.


What Credential Holders are Saying About their DCDC Credential


“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

 


News About the DCDC Exam

DCDC Credentialing Process

  • What are the changes to the DCDC Credentialing Program?

    As part of the Credentialing 2020 Board Strategic Plan initiative, the Registration and Credentials Supervision Committee (RCSC) updated the DCDC credential with expansion and modifications of topical task areas as well as to the eligibility and recertification requirements of the DCDC credential.  This work aligns the Job Task Analysis (JTA) to the work of the DCDC. While design is still a central part of the DCDC description, it was found that DCDC’s are being utilized within all facets of data centers, including strategic planning, operations,  management, and evaluation.

    The RCSC, the volunteer leaders who manage BICSI’s credentials, were in Tampa with a select globally dynamic group of subject matter experts (SME) that conducted a JTA credentialing best practice activity on the DCDC Credential. The team was facilitated by third party experts in testing and certification. The participants identified new and expanded areas of import, such as operational and security assessments that are increasingly being requested.

    This very important credentialing industry best practice yields value to the certification and to the individuals who earn them. Performing these studies on our credentialing programs ensures that BICSI stays at the forefront of the industry and that our members, credential holders and other ICT professionals remain relevant and at the top of their respective fields.

    Here's a summary of what's new with the DCDC Credential program updates:

    On August 26, 2019 the updated DCDC exam and recertification changes will go into effect.

     

    Exam: DCDC-003

    • Application available: August 1, 2019

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Data center design consultant related work experience may include but is not limited to the performance of the data center design, construction and/or operations as defined above.

    Option 1:

    • Hold a current RCDD certification.


    Option 2:

    • Two (2) years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in data center design, construction and/or operations and hold a current BICSI Technician, RTPM, or OSP certification OR hold a degree in architecture, engineering or construction management.


    Option 3:

    • Three (3) years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in data center design, construction and/or operations within the last 7 years.

     

    Exam Reference Publication:

    • ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices
    • Essentials of Data Center Projects, 1st Edition


      Recertification Requirements:

    • 3-year recertification period
    • DCDC credential holders’ new recertification requirement was increased from 24 CECs to 36 CECs.

      NOTE: There is a grace period before this goes into effect. For DCDC credential holders expiring December 31, 2019, 24 CECs are required for recertification. Post December 31, 2019 and beyond, 36 CECs are required for recertification.

      Definitions of Data Center Design experience:

    • Site surveys
    • User needs analysis
    • Development of design plans for data center systems and integration
    • Management of stakeholder requirements
    • Work drawings
    • Specifications
    • RFP creation
    • Project coordination with P.E.’s, Architects, etc.

       

      Data Construction may include:

    • Installation
    • Testing
    • Project site supervision
    • Quality assurance
    • Systems implementation and commissioning

       

      Definitions Operations experience:

    • Data center facilities management
    • Operational support and maintenance
  • Why

    Why Get Certified?

    • Recognized by the ICT Community and Employers
    • Provides a Unique Skillset to an ICT Designer
    • Uses the Latest Technologies, Methods and Best Practices
    • Critical in Modern High Bandwidth Applications
    • Engineered by Data Center Experts
    • Recognized Globally
    • Built with Your Career in Mind
    • Meets the Highest Standards
  • Decide

    Prerequisite Requirements

    To be eligible to take the DCDC exam, you must first have:

      Option 1:

    • A current RCDD certification.
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      Option 2:

    • Two (2) years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in data center design, construction and/or operations and hold a current BICSI Technician, RTPM, or OSP certification OR hold a degree in architecture, engineering or construction management.
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      Option 3:

    • Three (3) years of verifiable full-time equivalent work experience in data center design, construction and/or operations within the last 7 years.
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