Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS)

Gain the knowledge and authority to communicate data center needs to upper management and positively influence spending decisions. Armed with the Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS) skillset, you will be more effective at maintaining and improving site performance, reliability, and efficiency, and delivering business value.

Program Overview

If you and your team are responsible for data center uptime and performance, the ATS program provides the critical knowledge you need to keep systems and operations humming smoothly. Program participants learn how to satisfy Tier level requirements and business objectives at the same time.

ATS is a 16 hour program and accreditation examination for data center managers and operators. It provides the knowledge you need to apply the Tier Standards and ensure that critical facilities — for which you are directly responsible — are designed, built, and operated to meet the needs of the business. The program is also applicable to outside experts who support data center managers.

Why the Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS)?
The ATS curriculum provides instruction on the Tier Standard: Topology and Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability, giving you a thorough grounding in the Standards and their application throughout the data center life cycle.

Benefits of completing the ATS program include:

  • A professional designation recognized throughout the industry
  • Learn to properly apply the Tier Standards from the experts who write and administer them
  • Avoid prevalent Tier misinterpretations that can cause over-investment or shortfalls
  • Effectively manage your outside experts and vendors
  • Understand and communicate with stakeholders the full capability of a single data center — or portfolio
  • Evaluate a facility’s true performance potential and avoid the shocks of unexpected outages
  • Better align infrastructure and staffing investment with the business mission
  • Bring together all stakeholders of your data center team to work to achieve a common uptime goal

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Accredited Tier Specialist (ATS) Program Details

Program Content
Tier Classification System
  • Tier concepts and definitions
  • Principal Data Center Facility Infrastructure systems
Cooling Systems
  • Critical mechanical subsystems
  • Redundant topology
  • Continuous Cooling
Electrical Systems
  • Critical electrical subsystems
  • Multiple distribution path requirements
  • Engine-generator (power station) requirements
  • Electrical system interaction with mechanical systems
Ancillary Systems
  • Critical ancillary subsystems
  • Ancillary subsystem impacts on Tier Classification System
  • Compartmentalization
Common Discrepancies
  • Faculty-led review of common non- compliant design elements from Certification submittals
  • Myths and misconceptions
Tier Certification
  • Benefits
  • Process
Operational Sustainability
  • Defining operational sustainability elements
  • Strategic concepts
Staffing & Organization
  • Staffing development process
  • Staff qualifications
  • Organizational structure impacts
  • Building a preventive maintenance program
  • Maintenance management system requirements for tracking activities
  • Vendor support
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Lifecycle planning
  • Housekeeping
Training, Planning & Operations
  • Developing a training program
  • Vendor training
  • Site policies
  • Capacity and load management
Building Characteristics and Commissioning
  • Building characteristics impacts on operations
  • Commissioning activities that define operations success
Site Location Risk
  • Defining risks to operational activities posed by natural and manmade factors
Program Duration
Program Objectives
Learner Profile
Costs & Credits