Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Training

Program Description

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 entire DCEP course curriculum was 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. 

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;
  • Meet academic/work experience requirements (pre-qualifications);
  • Receive training on conducting data center assessments;
  • Be required to pass one or two exams.

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 two DCEP courses available: Generalist and HVAC 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 in data centers. Participants with an IT and/or electrical background may find the HVAC Specialist course challenging. 

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 all tiered 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. For the purposes of DCOI, you become a certified DCEP by getting a pass score on the DCEP Generalist exam.

DCEP Administrator and DCEP Training Organizations

The DCEP Program Administrator (PA) is ANCIS Incorporated, and the training is delivered by six Professional Training Organizations (PTOs): 

  • DC-Professional
  • CNet Training
  • ANCIS Incorporated
  • Vali Sorell Engineering
  • North American Access Technologies
  • GreenCircle 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 individuals are shown in the training calendar below. For groups, there are two discounts available. For groups between 10 and 20 participants, the discount is 15%. For groups larger than 20, the discount is 20%.

Training Level Date Location Cost Lead Trainer Contact
Generalist June 7 San Francisco $1,175 Dr. Magnus Herrlin mherrlin@ancis.us
Specialist June 8-9 San Francisco $2,175 Dr. Magnus Herrlin mherrlin@ancis.us
Generalist+Specialist June 7-9 San Francisco $2,900 Dr. Magnus Herrlin mherrlin@ancis.us
Generalist June 12 Denver $1,175 TBD mherrlin@ancis.us
Specialist June 13 Denver $2,175 TBD mherrlin@ancis.us
Generalist+Specialist June 12-14 Denver $2,900 TBD mherrlin@ancis.us
Generalist July 18 NY $1,175 Julius Neudorfer dcep.training@naat.com
Specialist July 19-20 NY $2,175 Julius Neudorfer dcep.training@naat.com
Generalist+Specialist July 18-20 NY $2,900 Julius Neudorfer decp.training@naat.com
Generalist Aug 2 DC $1,175 Bob Landstrom boblandstrom@gmail.com
Specialist Aug 3-4 DC $2,175 Bob Landstrom boblandstrom@gmail.com
Generalist+Specialist Aug 2-4 DC $2,900 Bob Landstrom boblandstrom@gmail.com

Data Center Energy Practitioners

To date, we have issued more than 540 certificates. The list of DCEP Program Developers, Instructors, and Practitioners (see downloadable File 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 DC Pro Tool and the Air Management Tool.

Other Resources

Download the DCEP Program Description and the DCEP Typical Training Agenda. Also, download the DCEP Program Energy Training-Assessment Process Manual (see downloadable File 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 mherrlin@ancis.us.

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