Data centers are energy-intensive and opportunities exist to reduce energy use, but significant knowledge, training, and skills are required to perform accurate data center energy assessments. In order to accelerate energy savings, the data center industry and DOE partnered to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Program. The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy status and efficiency opportunities in data centers.
The original DCEP course curriculum (Generalist and HVAC Specialist) was completely updated in 2016 in collaboration with the industry to reinforce proven best practices as well as introduce new tools and techniques in key areas such as IT equipment, air management, cooling systems, and electrical systems. A brand new course module was added in 2019 (IT Specialist).
- Be qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers;
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the Data Center Profiler (DC Pro) and select Assessment Tools
- Address energy opportunities in electrical systems, air management, HVAC, and IT equipment;
- Meet academic/work experience requirements (pre-qualifications);
- Receive training on conducting data center assessments;
- Be required to pass one, two, or three exams (depending on course selection).
Property management companies, engineering consulting firms, service companies, data center operators, state energy agencies, and utilities will benefit from the expertise provided by DCEPs.
There are currently three DCEP courses available: Generalist, HVAC Specialist, and IT Specialist. The one-day Generalist course provides a high-level view of different IT and support systems in data centers, the two-day HVAC Specialist course is an in-depth review of HVAC/mechanical systems, and the one-day IT Specialist course is an in-depth review of IT systems. The latter course is explicitly designed for both IT and infrastructure professionals. The Agenda for all courses can be found under Files below.
On August 1, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) signed the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). The DCOI will require Federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to transition to more efficient infrastructure. The DCOI states that Federal data centers shall have at least one certified DCEP assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization. This will increase the demand for DCEPs and not just in the Federal sector.
DCEP Administrator and DCEP Training Organizations
The DCEP Program Administrator (PA) is ANCIS Incorporated, and the training is delivered by three Professional Training Organizations (PTOs):
- ANCIS Incorporated (Lead Training Organization)
- North American Access Technologies
Training Calendar and Pricing
All currently scheduled training events are listed below. If you are interested in participating in one of these events, please contact the individual or organization listed in the last column.
The course fees for individuals are shown in the training calendar below. For groups, there are two discounts available. For groups between 10 and 19 participants, the discount is 15%. For groups larger than 19, the discount is 20%.
|Training Level||Date||Location||Cost||Lead Trainer||Contact|
|Generalist||Feb 11||San Francisco||$1,175||Dr. Magnus Herrlinemail@example.com|
|HVAC Specialist||Feb 12-13||San Francisco||$2,175||Dr. Magnus Herrlinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Generalist+HVAC Specialist||Feb 11-13||San Francisco||$2,900||Dr. Magnus Herrlinemail@example.com|
|IT Specialist||Mar 2||DC||$1,300||Mr. Julius Neudorferfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Generalist||Mar 3||DC||$1,175||Mr. Julius Neudorferemail@example.com|
|IT Specialist + Generalist||Mar 2-3||DC||$2,100||Mr. Julius Neudorferfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|HVAC Specialist||Mar 4-5||DC||$2,175||Mr. Julius Neudorferemail@example.com|
|Generalist+HVAC Specialist||Mar 3-5||DC||$2,900||Mr. Julius Neudorferfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Generalist+HVAC Specialist||Mar 2-4||Fairfax, VA||$2,900||TBD||Register here|
|Generalist||Mar 9||San Francisco||$1,175||Dr. Magnus Herrlinemail@example.com|
|IT Specialist||Mar 10||San Francisco||$1,300||Dr. Magnus Herrlinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Generalist + IT Specialist||Mar 9-10||San Francisco||$2,100||Dr. Magnus Herrlinemail@example.com|
|Generalist+HVAC Specialist||June 10-12||Seattle||$2,900||TBD||Register here|
|Generalist+HVAC Specialist||Sept 16-18||Chicago||$2,900||TBD||Register here|
To date, we have issued more than 770 certificates. The list of DCEP Program Developers, Instructors, and Practitioners (under Files below) contains information about Level I Practitioners (Generalists) and Level II Practitioners (Specialists). All completed training on performing energy assessments in data centers and passed exams demonstrating their proficiency in the use of the high-level DC Pro Tool and select in-depth Assessment Tools.
Download the DCEP Program Description including the entry requirements (under Files below) and the DCEP Training Agenda (under Files below). Also, download the DCEP Program Energy Training-Assessment Process Manual (under Files below) for administrative step-by-step instructions for conducting an energy assessment before, during, and after an on-site data center assessment. The manual also includes useful templates for assessments.
Questions? Please contact the DCEP Program Lead Dr. Magnus Herrlin at firstname.lastname@example.org