Accredited Tier Specialist Program

The Accredited Tier Specialist program provides instruction to the data center management team directly responsible for data center uptime as well as outside experts that support the data center manager.

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Accredited Tier Specialist Program Overview

Program Target Audience

  • Data Center Managers
  • Consultants
  • Architects
  • Project Managers
  • Sales Engineers
  • Design/Build Contractors

Program Objectives

  • Apply Tier Standards to ensure critical facilities are designed, built and operated to meet business need
  • Learn how to refute common myths and misconceptions that cause organizations to misdirect data center and IT investment
  • Identify how to communicate the needs of the data center to upper management and influence spending decisions

Program Prerequisites

  • This program is open to all professionals involved in data center management and oversight and does not require a licensed credential.
  • This program focuses on data center management and does not address IT topology, IT architecture, installation/maintenance of equipment or software. 
  • Contact info@uptimeinstitute.com if you have questions about this program.

Accredited Tier Specialist Advancement Track

Accredited Tier Specialists (ATSs) can advance their designation through three distinct levels of demonstrated mastery: Accredited Tier Specialist, Accredited Tier Specialist - Professional and Accredited Tier Specialist - Expert.

Completion of the initial three day intensive course and passing the ATS exam results in the student receiving the formal ATS designation. This designation forms the minimum basis for all Tier specialists. Once the ATS designation is earned, graduates can choose to complete additional courseware and submit related evidence to advance their career expertise even higher, advancing to the ATS-Professional and ATS-Expert designations through additional courseware and evidence submission.

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Accredited Tier Specialist

Completion Requirements
3-Day Intensive Accredited Tier Specialist Course
Complete and Pass Examination
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Accredited Tier Specialist - Professional

Completion Requirements
1-Day Advanced Mechanical and Tiers (AS1) or Advanced Principles in Critical Facility Management (AS2) Seminar ¹
1-Day Advanced Electrical Solutions and Tiers (AS3) or Advanced Practices DC Cost Management (AS4) Seminar ¹
Submit Written Evidence demonstrating comprehensive understanding of any material covered in the first two AS courses
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Accredited Tier Specialist - Expert

Completion Requirements
Any two (2) remaining Advanced Seminars ¹
Submit Written Evidence demonstrating comprehensive understanding of any of the subsequently completed AS courses
* Additional Program Details:

  1. Active membership in Uptime Institute Network can satisfy one advanced seminar requirement at each level.
  2. "Professional" and "Expert" designations remain active for two years.
  3. "Professional" and "Expert" designations may be maintained by attending one additional advanced seminar and completing one additional evidence submission every two years.

Accredited Tier Specialist Advancement Track Details

Level 1 - Accredited Tier Specialist

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Completion Requirements

3-Day Intensive Accredited Tier Specialist Course
Complete and Pass Examination

Level 2 - Accredited Tier Specialist - Professional

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Completion Requirements

1-Day Advanced Mechanical and Tiers (AS1) or Advanced Principles in Critical Facility Management (AS2) Seminar
1-Day Advanced Electrical Solutions and Tiers (AS3) or Advanced Practices in Data Center Cost Management (AS4) Seminar
Submit Written Evidence demonstrating comprehensive understanding of any material covered in the first two AS courses

Level 3 - Accredited Tier Specialist - Expert

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Completion Requirements

Any two (2) remaining Advanced Seminars
Submit Written Evidence demonstrating comprehensive understanding of any of the subsequently completed AS courses

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Thousands of graduates from over 100 countries around the world have looked to Uptime Institute to help them grow their business and advance their careers.
For data center managers, the Accredited Tier Specialist designation helps them advance their career by learning key skills in managing data centers to align with business objectives, communication techniques to articulate data center needs and priorities to leadership and tactics to influence spending decisions at the executive level.
For vendors and consulting firms, Accredited Tier Specialist designations help companies differentiate themselves from the competition, standing out as a data center management expert who can help clients best align their data center management programs with the underlying business needs.

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