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CTDC - Certified TIA-942 Design Consultant


Data centres are at the core of many organisations. Downtime of the data centre could lead to major losses to the business.

As a result, many organisations establish resilience at various levels such as the data centre facilities infrastructure and at the ICT layer. However, following the recommendations from various vendors, consultants and the public domain, information might result in under- or over-speciation.

Therefore it would
be better to follow a commonly accepted standard as the basis for the design and build principles.

The ANSI/TIA-942 Standard species requirements and guidelines for the design and build of a data centre. It is intended for use by designers who need a comprehensive understanding of the data centre design. It encompasses. Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical and Telecom requirements
and guidelines, which are not always covered by other generic guidelines and so-called “standards”.

Understanding the intent of the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard is of fundamental importance, not only for the successful implementation of the data centre, but also for its sustainable operations. In this three-day course, the participant will learn how to design an ANSI/TIA-942 compliant data centre. It will
provide a clear understanding of the requirements of the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard and possible implementation variations.


Participants must possess a valid data centre training certificate such as CDCP® or any other approved equivalent. Please submit a copy of your certificate for verification upon registration for the CTDC® course.


The primary audience for this course is any professional involved in designing, building, maintaining and operating mission critical data centres and those who wish to attend the

CTIA® (Certified TIA-942 Internal Auditor) course.


The course is well suited for all types of data centres, be it enterprise data centres or multi-tenant, third party data centres such as co-location, managed services and cloud service providers.


After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:

• Learn to properly comprehend and apply the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard requirements and guidelines

• Understand the proper intent of the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard to avoid both over- and/or under-investment

• Align the selection of redundancy levels and infrastructure investments to the business requirements.

• Understand the criteria and requirements for a high availability data centre design and how to effectively establish the data centre from the perspective of the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard

• Understand how the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard relates to various worldwide standards

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Module 1 – Introduction to Data Centre Facilities
Module 2 - About the ANSI/TIA-942

• Life of the ANSI/TIA-942 Standard

• Relation to other standards
• Architectural
• Electrical
• Mechanical
• Telecommunication
• Areas under scope
• High level redundancy definitions
• Redundancy options (N, N+1 etc.)
• Fault tolerant
• Concurrent maintainability
• Compartmentalisation
• Examples of redundancy levels

Module 3 – Data Centre Space Planning
Module 4 – Data Centre Topologies
Module 5 - Recommendations for Energy Efficiency
Module 6 - Architectural

• Site selection

• Parking

• Multi-tenant building

• Building construction

 Vapor barrier

 Roofing

 Floor loading

 Raised flooring

 Suspended/drop ceiling

 Hanging load

 Seismic

Module 7 - Building Security & Safety

• Security


• Staffing

• Bullet/ballistic proofing

• Lighting

• Safety

 Signage

Module 8 - Building and Room Access

• Security checkpoints

• Entry lobby

• Doors and windows

• Exit corridors

• Shipping and receiving areas

Module 9 - Room/Area Design Requirements

• Administrative offices

• Security office

• Operations centre

• Restroom and break room

• UPS/Battery rooms

• Generator and fuel storage area

• Computer room

Module 10 - Electrical

• Utility power

 Substation

 Feed requirements

 Self-generation

• HT/HV switch gear

• Generator and fuel supply

• LT/LV switch gear


 Alternatives to ATS

• UPS and batteries



• Grounding

• Surge protection


• Central power monitoring

• Load banks

• Testing

• Equipment maintenance

 Preventive maintenance

 Facility training programs

Module 11 - Mechanical

• Environmental design

 Temperature and humidity requirements

 Contamination

o Sources

o Clean air

o Pressurisation

o Radio sources

o Vibration

o Water ingress

• Water cooled systems

 Heat rejection

 Chilled water system

 Condenser water

 Make up water

• Air cooled systems

• HVAC control systems

• Plumbing

 Pipe routing

• Fire suppression

• Water leak detection

Module 12 - Telecommunications

• Network topology

• Redundancy level design

• Media and connectors

• Cabling pathways

• Detailed cabling design considerations

• Administration and labelling

• Cable testing

• Data centre fabrics

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