CNCDP – Certified Network Cabling Design Professional

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With few exceptions, enterprises today rely on IT for the delivery of business-critical services - often directly to the end consumer. It is therefore vital that the mission-critical data centre is designed, maintained and operated with high-availability and efficiency in mind. Among all the facilities, network cabling is the foundation for the network and one of the major contributors to the availability of the data center.

CNCDP® is a 2-day course designed to expose participants to in-depth knowledge in designing and installing the data network cabling system which includes key subject matters such as; technical standards, designing of different cabling sub-systems, calculation of material requirements, architecture, installation, testing and acceptance.

 

The primary audience for this course is any IT, facilities or data centre professional, consultant and/or those who work in network cabling system design, implementation and operation.

There is no specific prerequisite for the CNCDP® course. However, participants who already have at least one or two years’ experience in a IT, data centre or facilities environment may be best suited. Those with no experience just yet are most welcome to participate

After completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the various standards for network cabling systems, the models and how to apply these to the network design.
  • Design the user cabling and patching system for commercial buildings.
  • Design the network cabling and patching system for data centres.
  • Design the backbones for both indoor and outdoor cabling.
  • Select the proper cabling containment/ pathways for network installations.
  • Apply the correct installation practices and avoid common mistakes.
  • Define the right testing criteria and methods for copper and fiber systems

Data Centre Life Cycle

  • Data centre lifecycle stages and phases
  • Exercise: Stage/Phase/Milestone/Document mapping

Design Preparation

  • Creation of a SON – Statement Of Need
  • Technology review
  • Conceptual sizing
  • How to calculate for computer room space
  • How to calculate facility space
  • How to calculate incoming power
  • Exercise: Conceptual sizing building and power
  • Analysing capacity of existing facility
  • Analysing investment options
  • Site selection
  • Permits and approvals
  • Exercise: Site selection
  • Conceptual design
  • Budget and project timeline
  • Business case preparation
  • Project delivery structure
  • Project management options
  • Project manager and team

Design Planning

  • OSRA – Operational Systems Requirement Analysis
  • TFRA – Technical Facilities Requirement Analysis
  • Operations and maintenance review
  • RFP – Request For Proposal process
  • Vendor selection

Design Development

  • Project planning
  • Design development
  • PDR – Preliminary Design Review
  • Equipment selection
  • FDR/V – Final Design Review/Validation
  • Exercise: Full design validation of power, cooling, floor plans, fire suppression
  • Design freeze and LLTI
  • Creation of construction documents
  • BOM/BOQ – Bill Of Material/Bill Of Quantity
  • Exercise: Equipment selection

Acquire

  • Requirements of purchase orders
  • Shipping terms
  • FWT/FAT – Factory Witness Test/Factory Acceptance Test
  • Sequencing
  • Incoming goods inspection and handling
  • Asset management

Construct

  • Temporary essential services
  • Erection of the building
  • Permanent essential services
  • Building inspection
  • Snag list
  • COF – Certificate Of Fitness

Fit-Out

  • Fit-Out
  • Builders cleaning
  • As-Built Drawings

Test & Commissioning

  • IET – Individual Equipment Test
  • IPVT/IST – Integrated Performance Verification Test/Integrated Systems Test
  • Common mistakes with IET/IPVT
  • Deep cleaning
  • Exercise: IET/IPVT scripting

Hand-Over

  • Facility hand-over requirements and documents
  • PCC – Practical Completion Certificate
  • DLP – Defect Liability Period
  • Defect Management
  • ICT Systems Installation
  • ICT Systems Testing
  • Hand-Over/DLP Expiry
  • FCC – Final Completion Certificate

Retirement

  • Reasons and definitions of retirement
  • Building the business case and project plan
  • Sequencing
  • Transfer of site
  • Demolishing of site
  • Legal matters
  • FCC – Final Completion Certificate

The CNCDP® course is lectured by an EPI Certified Instructor using a combination of lectures and question-and-answer sessions to discuss participants’ specific needs and challenges experienced in their own aa environments. Participants are able to tap into the extensive experience of the trainer enabling them to validate and improve their own environments thus adding tremendous business value. CNCDP® course is available in the following delivery methods:

  • ILT – Instructor Led Training (Schedule)
  • VILT – Virtual ILT (Schedule)
  • TOD – Training On Demand (coming soon)

Certified Network Cabling Design Professional (CNCDP®)

The exam is a 60-minute closed book exam, with 40 multiple-choice questions. The candidate requires a minimum of 27 correct answers to pass the exam.

Candidates who successfully pass the exam will receive the official ‘Certified Network Cabling Design Professional’ certificate. CNCDP® is globally accredited by EXIN, a fully independent exam and certification institute.

The certification is valid for three years after which the student needs to re-certify. Please see the EPI Recertification Program for available options.

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