International Data Center Authority (IDCA) has designed the data center training course in a unique manner, focusing on the essentials for the executives, managers, and senior operators and designers, to select, build, and manage data centers. IDCA have incorporated specific soft skills to enhance the learning curve throughout the courses.
IDCA certified courses are based on a ladder elevation scheme. Applicants of all diversities and backgrounds start from the Data Center Infrastructure Specialist (DCIS)® course, which teaches them the foundations of the data center, data center infrastructure, data center standards and compliance. From there professionals can either take the Management Route or the Expert Route. By taking the expert route the Data Center Engineering Specialist (DCES)® course must be completed which comprehensively covers the engineering and design aspects of data centers, while the management track requires taking of the Data Center Operations Specialist (DCOS)® course which covers all the aspects of the operations, maintenance, capacity management, planning, SLA/OLA management, efficiency planning, etc. These courses cover in-depth the values, complications and parameters of different data center Grade levels from the viewpoint of Infinity Paradigm® as well as its predecessors coupled with latest industry trends and recommendations. DCOS and DCES courses are typically offered in combination with DCIS®. By completing both DCIS and DCES professionals are automatically awarded a third certificate: Data Center Infrastructure Expert (DCIE)®. Likewise, by completing both DCIS® and DCOS® professionals are awarded a third certificate: Data Center Operations Manager (DCOM)®. Upon obtaining either DCOM or DCIE status individuals become qualified for taking the breathtaking course Data Center Technology Professional (DCTP)® covering live comparisons and practical measure of actual technologies used for power, cooling, civil, security, fire, safety, EMS, BMS, management, monitoring, etc. By completion of DCTP®, DCOM® automatically becomes a Data Center Manager (DCM)® and a DCIE® automatically becomes a Data Center Expert (DCE)® in pursuit to becoming a Data Center Authority (DCA)®, which requires fulfilling DCA® criteria and thesis.
IDCA offers a broad range of educational programs geared specifically to the data center:
The IDCA courses are suited not only for Executives, Senior Managers & Operators to Select, Build, and Manage Data Centers, but also render in-depth knowledge and field-expertise for Engineers, Architects, Designers, Project Managers, Consultants, Trainers and Auditors.
Following a solemn quest to locate the most knowledgeable experts in the data center field, only carefully selected professionals with data center design, build, & management experience, as well as exhibited years of outstanding teaching and research capabilities, certified and licensed by IDCA are allowed to deliver the courses. IDCA courses are only available through licensed IDCA Educational Institutions.
IDCA governs, with close attention, the implementation of its stringent policies and measures for quality of delivery and conducting method of IDCA data center training courses. IDCA data center training courses are structured to encourage dynamic participations, group activities, open dialogs rather than monolog lectures, embedded with wide array of problem solving exercises and activities that ensure the learnt content clearly digest and become applicable for live data center world interactions. All IDCA courses around the world, are delivered by licensed educational institutions, regularly audited with controlled oversight and involve official respondent feedback and customer survey forms for which IDCA takes pride in having an overwhelming 99.999% absolute satisfaction from attendees to its data center certification programs.
The foundation of data center training courses is based on IDCA Infinity Paradigm® and its inhabitant IDCA guidelines and principles. IDCA also takes advantage of the disciplines of its predecessors and selectively brings together the best of the crop in combination to its own guidelines. IDCA utilizes competencies of wide range of international standards that are specific to their domain, such as International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), European Standards (EN), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), European Committee for Standardization (CEN), European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), British Standards (BS), International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE), etc. and many other latest industry standards and best practices, are enhanced via hands-on proficiency of data center industry experts around the globe. Since IDCA’s view even the aggregate of earlier disciplines do not cater the required value to the end-user nor deliver the data center vision that IDCA portrays to shape and maintain the data center industry, IDCA spends great deal of effort in highlighting the identified gaps and shortcomings in the data center industry and provide a clear and efficient roadmap for the approach, selection, design, operation, and various processes and methodologies of the Data Center.