As an integral part of its expanded Tier Program, the Uptime Institute is pleased to offer the Accredited Tier Designer curriculum. This course is developed, delivered, and maintained by Uptime Institute Professional Services.


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Professional Development Hours:

This course is of a technical nature that may qualify for your state's Professional Development Hours (PDHs) requirements. Contingent upon your state of registration’s criteria, this curriculum may qualify for up to 10.5 PDHs. (May not be applicable in all countries)


Accredited Tier Designer Information:

This course will provide instruction to design professionals, in the context of real-life designs, on practical application of the Tiers, including common issues and misconceptions.

The benefits of the Uptime Institute’s Accredited Tier Designer endorsement are:

  • Save money
    • Reduce internal and client costs by minimizing lost design due to misunderstood Tier criteria
  • Optimize schedule
    • Shorten design interval by limiting iterative design – design directly to the Tier objective
  • Expand client list
    • Differentiate your organization while competing for projects with a specific Tier objective
  • Enhance client satisfaction
    • Properly apply the Tier concepts to deliver on-time, on-budget, and Tier Certified
  • Improve skills and qualifications
    • Professional Development Hours (PDH), as appropriate (Please see PDH for further information)

This course is open to licensed professional engineers. Please see the Eligibility for further description and sample job titles.

This course responds to a) the fact that the Tier Classification System is increasingly propagated in data center projects across the globe and b) consistent feedback from the engineering community that the Tier Classification white paper in and of itself does not provide a sufficient initiation point for a detailed design solution.

This is intensive 3-day course focusing on materials and concepts of a technical nature, and culminates in an examination. For individuals that pass the examination, the Uptime Institute will award an Accredited Tier Designer endorsement. The course is administered by Uptime Institute Faculty with field experience in the practical application of the Tiers. Furthermore, each Faculty is a co-author of the Tier Classification and Operational Sustainability white papers and a Tier Certification Authority.

The cost of the 2015 session is US$4,985/attendee.

Accredited Tier Designer represents neither license nor permission to deliver a) Tier Certifications of designs, b) Tier Certifications of constructed environments, or c) Operational Sustainability ratings or Certifications.

For further information, please contact Madeleine Forrest at +1 206.783.0510 or mforrest@uptimeinstitute.com.

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