AFCOM Meets Data Center Industry Need for Professional Development with Global Education Partnerships

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AFCOM announces five industry partnerships with training and certification providers.

AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, announced at Data Center World this week, that it has partnered with five well-known professional training and certification providers in the data center space. Based on feedback from members that there is a growing demand for professional development, AFCOM has reached out to these companies to provide data center and facilities management education. These education partners all specialize in specific areas of data center training and certification and project management training with a wide range of both on-site and traditional classroom setting options.

“AFCOM is pleased to announce these great educational partnerships from world-renowned institutions well-known for their quality education in the data center and project management fields,” said Tom Roberts, AFCOM president. “These partnerships will both enhance the value of AFCOM membership, and also connect a wide range of data center and facilities managers with needed professional education. As the data center ecosystem continues to evolve, this education is absolutely essential for the advancement of data center professionals.”

In AFCOM’s most recent State of the Industry survey, a few critical trends emerged involving the need for ongoing skill development for data center professionals specifically:

  •     According to the AFCOM Survey, when respondents were asked why their budget was increasing, the top 30 percent answered “increased training and certifications.”
  •     56 percent indicated the need for more training in facilities management, 43 percent in operations and process management, and 39 percent pointed to network training.
  •     When asked which skills required certification, 40 percent responded networking, 36 percent facilities management, and 35 percent systems design and analysis.

These partners include CNet Training, EPI, IDCP, The ICOR and TSI. Each of these education partners will offer discounts for their educational services to AFCOM members.

CNet Training continues to design and deliver state-of-the-art Data Center training programs that provide the perfect mix of skills and knowledge. By achieving industry recognized qualifications and certifications, program delegates are able to enhance their credentials and increase the professionalism of their industries. In CNet Training’s history is the development of the highly acclaimed Global Data Centre & Network Infrastructure Education Framework, which offers industry professionals an opportunity to map out and configure a training, qualifications and certifications program to meet the exact needs of the company and individual.

EPI is the first and by far the largest global data center training provider. EPI is a data center specialist company. All EPI’s courses are developed based on a variety of standards supplemented with practical experience and expertise from our consultants and auditors who design, build, consult and audit data centers for a living all over the world. Our courses are accredited by EXIN which is an independent accreditation and examination body thereby ensuring impartiality and quality of our data center training courses and professional certification. EPI’s courses are also approved and recognized for BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

Since 2006, The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) has delivered vendor-neutral, standards-based education programs in the disciplines that support the development of a resilient organization. AFCOM members will benefit from education and certification programs in business continuity management, IT disaster recovery, and critical environments, along with programs in several other disciplines. Using a combination of elearning, instructor-led, and customized private courses, ICOR will meet your organization’s education and training needs. ICOR is a 501c3 nonprofit and does provide consulting or sell products or services.

The Marist College Institute for Data Center Professionals (IDCP) was founded in 2004 with support and funding from the National Science Foundation and provides individuals and corporate teams with skills-based education and credentialing supporting the data center and enterprise computing environments of the future. The Institute for Data Center Professionals offers a variety of online certificate programs for the working professional. All courses offered through the IDCP utilize the Marist College Premier iLearn course management system delivering multimedia content.

True Solutions Inc. Project Management Training and Consulting was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing the very best educational and consulting solutions to the global project management and business professionals' community. TSI provides individuals and corporate teams with skills-based education and credentialing supporting the Project Management Institutes global standards now and in the future. True Solutions Inc. offers a variety of certificate programs for the working professional. All courses offered through TSI follow globally accepted project management best practice and adult education delivery standards and content.

AFCOM ( is the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center and facilities management professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 members and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conference, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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