U.S. Department of Energy Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Certification Classes are scheduled for New York City, February 27 – March 1st. Unlike other data center training offerings, the DCEP certificate is the only one issued under the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Management Program, in conjunction with a training program developed by Lawrence Berkley National Labs (LBNL). The DCEP training program certifies energy practitioners who are then qualified to evaluate data centers energy usage and make detailed recommendations to improve efficiency.
Since the DCEP title and certification is a federal-government-issued credential, it is also a valuable qualification for engineering and consulting firms when proposing data center energy efficiency assessments to, data center operators, state energy agencies, and utilities.
- DCEP Generalist Certification Class: February 27, 2018: A one-day course providing a high-level view of different IT and support systems in data centers.
- DCEP HVAC Specialist Certification Class: February 28 – March 1, 2018: A two-day course providing an in-depth review of HVAC/mechanical systems in data centers.
On completion of these training classes and passing the exam, candidates become officially registered and certified as a Data Center Energy Practitioner.
In addition to commercial consulting opportunities for a DCEP, the federal Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI—OMB, Memorandum M-16-19) requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services.
The DCOI memorandum states that all tiered federal data centers shall have at least one certified DCEP assigned to manage data center performance and continued optimization. The DCEP can be a federal employee or a qualified contractor.
The DCEP classes are being delivered by North American Access Technologies, Inc., an authorized DCEP training provider.