A newly revised Data Center Design Consultant Program

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What's New with the DCDC program?

BICSI is pleased to announce a newly revised Data Center Design Consultant Program

The new course and exam are the product of hundreds of hours of work by volunteer subject matter experts, culminating in the release of:

These two important updates along with the previously released ANSI/BICSI 002-2019, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices Standard, BICSI 009-2019, Data Center Operations and Maintenance Best Practices Standard, and Essentials of Data Center Projects (EDCP), 1st edition, manual are the final pieces of a new and complete Data Center Design Consultant™ Program.

For your convenience, we have made all of these publications available for ease of purchase in bundled sets here.

Since its inception in 2011, the DCDC is fast becoming a premier credential and mark of distinction in the global data center market.  Found within all aspects of data centers, from design, planning, consulting and operations, more information on the DCDC can be found here.


Data Center Program Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why did BICSI change the Data Center program?

    BICSI performs a Job Task Analysis (JTA) every three to five (3-5) years for all of its programs to reflect the changes and evolution within the ICT industry. This is an essential process to ensure that the credential requirements, exam content, training and publications accurately reflect current job-related activities and professional standards. DCDC credential holders from around the globe joined our JTA and identified new and expanded areas of importance, such as operational and security assessments that are increasingly being requested.
  • What are the changes to the Data Center Program?

    The program (including standards, publication, course and exam) was updated and aligned with the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA). While design is still a central part of a DCDC credential holder’s job description, it was found that DCDCs are being utilized within all facets of data centers including strategic planning, operations, management and evaluation.

    In addition to the expansion of topical areas, this update to the program will also see modifications to align with the JTA to both the eligibility and recertification requirements of the DCDC credential.

    BICSI also released three data center publications. These publications are:

    Several new course offerings, including an updated DC102 course, and an updated DCDC credentialing exam launch in August 2019.

  • If I purchased ANSI/BICSI 002-2014, how long do I have to take the course or the test?

    You will have one year from your exam authorization date to take the DCDC-002 exam as long as you applied for this exam prior to 31 July.   All courses began teaching the material from ANSI/BICSI 002-2019 on 26 August. 
  • Will the new class, manual or exam be available in a language other than English?

    A Japanese translation of ANSI/BICSI 002-2019 is in development. Other offerings in Japanese or other languages have not been announced.

  • If I am a current BICSI DCDC Credential Holder does this new program affect me?

    As part of the Credentialing 2020 Board Strategic Plan initiative, the Registration and Credentials Supervision Committee (RCSC) updated the Data Center Design Consultant(DCDC) credential by expanding and modifying topical task areas, as well as the eligibility and recertification requirements. 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 DCDCs 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, Florida with a select globally dynamic group of subject matter experts (SMEs) 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 importance, 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.

    These program updates will impact your recertification. The new recertification requirement will be 36 CECs instead of 24 CECs, based on the program below.


    Required CECs

    Additional CECs

    31 December 2019


    No Change - Grandfathered

    31 December 2020 and beyond


    New CEC Requirements Apply

    If you have any questions about these changes, please contact us at 800.242.7405 (USA and Canada toll-free) or +1 813.979.1991, or by email at credentialing@bicsi.org.

  • When the program is updated, will my current DCDC credential still be valid?

    Yes. Current credential holders will hold a valid credential until their credential expires, unless they continue to earn CECs and successfully complete the recertification process for their credential.

  • According to the BICSI CEC policy, if I take an exam review class and pass the exam within a 7-day period, the CECs apply toward my first recertification. Would that be the case with the new program?

    Please refer to the current CEC policy at time of certification.


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