What in the world is a DCEP?… and how do I become one?
The Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) program is a series of courses to certify engineers for energy assessments of data centers. Training involves attending a training course and passing the accompanying exam. There are two levels of certification- Generalist and Specialist.
About the DCEP training program
It has been noted that data centers in America consume somewhere between 1.5% and 3% of all energy in the country. As an industrial facility, data centers have attracted attention as a primary sector for saving energy and carbon emissions.
There is ample opportunity for energy savings in the typical data center. However, realizing the financial and operational benefits requires significant knowledge, training, and skills to perform accurate data center energy assessments.
In response to this problem, the United States Department of Energy partnered with the industry and academia to develop the Data Center Energy Practitioner program. The DCEP training program trains energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy efficiency opportunities that exist in data centers.
The entire DCEP course curriculum has been updated in 2016 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.
As a certified DCEP you will be qualified to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers. You’ll be given a set of tools developed by the DOE for conducting energy assessments. You’ll also be given access to a set of documentation that jump-starts any professional services practice you’d like to conduct for this service.
Opportunities available to DCEPs
Every data center has opportunities for energy efficiency improvement. Therefore, every data center has significant opportunities for cost savings.
One could say that nergy efficiency is often an indicator of data center asset performance. As such, cost savings beyond energy expenses alone can be revealed by energy efficiency assessments. Quite often these other savings exceed those realized from energy efficiency alone!
Furthermore, the US Government has mandated that federal data center projects must include a certified DCEP. If you work in a federal site, or if you deliver professional services into federal data centers, this certification is essential. Property management companies, engineering consulting firms, service companies, data center operators, state energy agencies, and utilities can all benefit.
Where to get DCEP Training
Bob Landstrom is a certified DCEP trainer and a member of the development team. He has been a certified Level I and Level II trainer since the inception of the program in 2009. Green Circle, LLC is an approved Data Center Energy Practitioner training organization, offering courses throughout the country.
Learn more about DCEP Training
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