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Audit and certification by a qualitied auditor affiliated with and operating under an accredited Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) is required to validate that the design and build of a data center conforms to the ANSI/TIA-942 standard. 

Types of Audits and Certification

Data Center Design Validation (DCDV)

DCDV ensures that proposed or as-built design drawings for new and existing data centers meet the requirements of the standard, which is especially important to ensure conformity before a site is built. This involves an in-depth offsite review of design plans and drawings compared against the rating levels described in the ANSI/TIA-942. The outcome is a comprehensive report indicating any non-conformities and high-level suggestions for improvements. The service includes:

  • Review of detailed design document package
  • Report indicating major and minor non-conformities
  • Optional teleconference with project team to ensure comprehension of the findings in the report
  • Review of the CAR (Corrective Action Report)
  • Award of ANSI/TIA-942 Design Conformity Certificate

Data Center Conformity Certification (DCCC)

The DCCC phase verifies that a data center has been implemented in conformity to the validated designs in the DCDV phase and to ANSI/TIA-942. It is comprised of an on-site audit of the facilities against the rating levels described in the ANSI/TIA-942. The outcome is a comprehensive report indicating any non-conformities that must be addressed for the data center to be certified and listed on the TIA website. New data centers in the design phase are recommended to undertake the DCDV and then the DCCC and upon completion of construction. The service includes:

  • Review of detailed design document package
  • Review of each physical facility area under scope
  • Report indicating major and minor non-conformities
  • Optional teleconference with project team to ensure comprehension of the findings in the report
  • Review of the CAR (Corrective Action Report)
  • Award of ANSI/TIA-942 Facilities Conformity Certificate
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ANSI/TIA-942 Audit and Certification Training 

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in consulting and auditing data centers on the ANSI/TIA-942 standard can follow a series of TIA-approved training and certification programs. 

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