Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training Program

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).

DCEPs will:

  • 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;
  • 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. Links to the Agendas for all courses can be found near the bottom of this webpage.

The Federal Energy Act of 2020 states that each Federal agency shall consider having the data centers of the agency evaluated once every 4 years by energy practitioners certified pursuant to the DCEP program. 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 four Professional Training Organizations (PTOs):

  • ANCIS Incorporated (Lead Training Organization)
  • North American Access Technologies
  • ICOR
  • Seres, LLC.

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 most individuals are shown in the training calendar below. There are a number of discounts available:

  • Groups between 10 and 19 participants: 15%
  • Groups larger than 19 participants: 20%
  • Organizations with less than 50 employees: 15%
  • Non-affiliated individuals: 20%
  • Federal employees: 15%
  • Discounts cannot be combined.
Training Level Date Location Cost Lead Trainer Contact
IT Specialist Sep 24 Online $1,300 Mr. Julius Neudorfer dcep.training@naat.com
Generalist Nov 15 Online $1,175 Dr. Magnus Herrlin DCEP@ancis.us 
IT Specialist Nov 16 Online $1,300 Dr. Magnus Herrlin DCEP@ancis.us
HVAC Specialist Nov 18-19 Online $2,175 Dr. Magnus Herrlin DCEP@ancis.us
Generalist+HVAC Specialist Nov 15, 18-19 Online $2,900 Dr. Magnus Herrlin DCEP@ancis.us

* Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, all classes will be online until further notice. If you have questions, please email mherrlin@ancis.us

To date, we have issued more than 900 certificates. A link to a list of DCEP Program Developers, Instructors, and Practitioners can be found near the bottom of this webpage. The list 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.

Other Resources

Download the DCEP Program Description including the entry requirements and the DCEP Training Agenda. Also, download the DCEP Program Energy Training-Assessment Process Manual 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. Links to all these documents can be found below.

Questions? Please contact the DCEP Program Lead Dr. Magnus Herrlin at mherrlin@ancis.us

DCEP Generalist/HVAC Specialist Training Agenda
IT Specialist Training Agenda
DCEP Process Manual
DCEP Program Description
DCEP Program Developers, Instructors, and Practitioners