Data Centre Technician Certificate

  • Course Code


  • Type of Qualification:

    Minor Certificate

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Timetable

    3 evenings per week plus Saturday workshops from the end of October 2018

  • Commences

    End of October 2018

About the Course


Amazon Web Services (AWS) Scholarship Funding available

( 60 Credits including 14 week experiential learning/ placement)

AWS LogoWho is this course for?
This course is aimed at those seeking to work in the ICT sector. Focused on the fundamental skills needed to work in a data center this programme prepares you for an initial technical role in data centers. The programme has been designed in conjunction with AWS experts and is based on previous successful programmes developed in other AWS locations.

Data centers are the fundamental engines on which modern ICT runs. They give major ICT players the capability to deliver services world-wide 24x7. For a range of reasons including climate, available skills and available power, Ireland has become a major hub for data centers with many major multinationals having a significant data center presence in Ireland.

Data Center Technicians are technically competent problem solvers with good technical skills, an ability to deliver under pressure and an exceptional ability to communicate and report technical scenarios clearly.

The programme consisted of 35 credits of taught modules aligned to 25 credits of experiential learning.

AWS Sponsorships
As part of their support for this programming in IT Tallaght area, AWS are making available 20 scholarships to allow successful scholarship participants to complete the programme free of fees (subject to terms and conditions).

Entry Level

Standard Institute requirements for admission to Level 6 programmes include a requirement for 5 x O6 grades in leaving certificate subjects (including Mathematics and English) or equivalent. Applicants aged over 23 may be considered as mature students. Other non-standard applicants may also be considered based on availability. Assessments/ interviews may also be used to determine suitability for the programme / rank applicants for the programme.

Important Course Information

Periods of Placement begin from January 2019/ March 2019/ June 2019. Participants make themselves available for a period of placement

The programme consisted of 35 credits of taught modules aligned to 25 credits of experiential learning.


  • Software Development (Python)
  • Computer Architecture
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Operating Systems Fundamentals
  • Social Media Communications
  • Routing & Switching Essentials
  • IT Scripting & Automation


Phase 1:

  • Hands-on Technical Workshop Sessions

Phase 2:

  • Internship in Data Centre/ Equivalent Experiential Learning

Participants on the programme will have the opportunity to apply for 14 week paid placements in an AWS Data Center in the Dublin area. Successful completion of the programme will place candidates in a strong position to compete for Data Center Technician Roles in AWS Data Centers in Ireland.

Successful completion of the programme will also allow participants to progress to complete either the full-time B.Sc. Computing suite of programmes and/or the part time B.Sc. IT Management (FLITE) programme in IT Tallaght.

Career Opportunities

Designed in conjunction with and supported by AWS, this programme has been designed to prepare successful participants for a career as an entry-level data centre technician. Participants will have an opportunity to gain real hands-on experience in the experiential learning elements of the programme.

Candidates will also be supported in Career Development, CV preparation and interview skills preparation. Career Development is centred around the following topics: Understanding career planning, Dealing with Change, The hidden jobs Market and How to present a good CV. How to present ˜Your own brand, Interview Skills and Techniques and Devising my own Career Plan.


Fees & Funding

Total cost of course is €3000. Candidates successfully obtaining an AWS scholarship will not be liable for fees. Candidates will have to fulfil terms and conditions associated with the scholarship including attendance and engagement requirements.

How to Apply

Students apply directly to IT Tallaght through the Lifelonglearning Office.

Contact with the subject line ‘Data Center Technician Certificate’ for an application form.

Further Information

For further information - course specific enquiries

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with the subject line ‘Data Center Technician Certificate)

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