SEATTLE — Uptime Institute announced its 2021 education and training calendar along with two new live instructor-led online classes designed to allow business leaders and other stakeholders to gain the essential knowledge needed for design and operations. The Fundamentals courses are ideal for anyone striving to expand their subject matter understanding or broaden their knowledge of digital infrastructure and best practices.

Each of these new courses consist of six learning modules and are remotely delivered by live Uptime Institute instructors across two days (6.5 hours total) and qualify for continuing education credits through the CPD program office.

Fundamentals of Tier Standard Topology — In this course, attendees learn essential knowledge for designing and building world-class data centers that exhibit the performance outlined by the industry’s Tier Standard. The modules offer guidance on the Tier Standard objectives, including cooling and electrical systems, engine-generator rating and requirements, and ancillary systems along with typical shortfalls and design discrepancies that can affect Tier Certification.

Fundamentals of Tier Standard Operational Sustainability — This course provides an indispensable working knowledge of the key aspects of Tier-Certified Operational Sustainability, the industry’s reference for operational effectiveness. Attendees will learn how to create and support digital infrastructures, including staffing considerations, training practices, maintenance programs, building characteristics, commissioning concerns, and the impact of risk mitigation for site location.

"Infrastructure projects have always been long in duration and involve many vested parties,” said Chris Hill, global head, product management, Uptime Institute. “And while these capital projects are typically driven by accredited Tier Standard Designers and Operational Specialists, these graduates have asked for a simpler version of our accredited training curriculum, more suitable for business line managers and other project members who need a solid and conversational understanding about the core tenets to be most effective.”

There are no prerequisites for the new seminars, which are open to anyone.

“These new Fundamental Seminars fill an important gap for the industry and will enhance anyone’s knowledge of the Tier Topology,” said Olu Soluade, managing director and ATD Expert, AOS Consulting. “This allows a more informed set of choices and discussions by a larger part of data center project teams. By incorporating Uptime Institute’s Fundamental courseware across a larger population, clients will be better positioned, infrastructures will be more reliable, and business will be resilient.”