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Thursday, February 08, 2007

DCU commences Associate programme

Data Centre University (DCU) has commenced the offer of Associate certification programme.

DCU is the American Power Conversion (APC) certification programme that validates knowledge, skills and ability for designing, building and operating data centres.

Regional Development Manager for the Middle East and Africa at APC, Mr. Carl Kleynhans, who disclosed this, said that DCU online curriculum now offers an Associate Certification, an international, vendor-neutral credential that recognises foundational knowledge in data centre infrastructure including power, cooling, racks, cabling, fire protection, management and physical security.
According to him, the DCU Associate Certification affords the Information Technology (IT) industry with a global standard for measuring competency in the core elements of a data centre.

He also said that the new certification bestow on today's data centre professionals the opportunity to advance their status in the designing, building and operating of data centres and gain credibility and respect within the industry.

He stressed that a recent survey conducted by AFCOM's Data Centre Institute (DCI), showed that by the year 2015, the number of qualified senior-level data centre professionals will have diminished by 45 per cent.

As the talent pool diminishes and the demand for these professionals grows, certifications will offer the assurance that individuals have the knowledge, skills and the ability to successfully implement data centre solutions.

Mr. Kleynhans said that certification is awarded to those passing an exam of approximately 75 conventional test questions administered by Thomson Prometric testing centres, an international testing provider.

“It is recommended, but not mandatory, that candidates complete the DCU Associate Certification e-learning curriculum that consists of 14 online courses covering a variety of data centre subjects,” he asserted.

He emphasised that since its launch in January 2006, DCU's on-line courses have become an invaluable resource for IT professionals seeking real world training on the fundamental issues surrounding data centres.

“Tens of thousands of registered students speak clearly to the increased need for education in the face of increasing server densities and increasing energy costs,” he said.

The Country Manager further said APC was pleased to offer the certification to individuals who want to validate their qualifications to design, upgrade or operate a data centre.

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