Who Should Take The CMCO Exam?

There are many roles within data center infrastructure that would benefit from professionals and their employers seeking a CMCO certification to assist with the continuous maintenance of critical systems:

Data Center Technicians perform various functions to keep data center operations at optimum performance.  Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Working knowledge of cabling systems
  • Installation of patch panels
  • Troubleshooting repairs and performing equipment maintenance
  • Maintaining detailed documentation of the data center.

Mechanical and Electrical Engineers typically perform functions related to design, development, and maintenance.  Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Performing mechanical and electrical repairs
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting repairs of mechanical and electrical systems
  • Design and maintain emergency response systems
  • Oversee disposal and storage of hazardous waste

Vendors who provide data center support services typically assist with server, storage, software and networking equipment needs.  Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Cabling
  • Raised floor installation
  • UPS backup installation and maintenance
  • Generator installation and maintenance

Data center Infrastructure Designers plan, manage and automate the physical and virtual computing infrastructure of a data center.  Their tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Design, update, and implement data center layouts
  • Install and de-install rack mountable computer equipment
  • Track equipment via tracking software
  • Maintain metrics of power and space utilization

Mission Critical Skills Tested & Verified

The CMCO certification exam is designed to validate data center operation best practices as determined by hundreds of mission critical subject matter experts.  The following 7 domains are covered in the certification program and exam:

  • Mission Critical Infrastructure (21%)
  • Safety, Security & Emergency Response (14%)
  • Critical Production Space (14%)
  • Facility and System Documentation (12%)
  • Networking and Communications (5%)
  • Real-Time Information Management (17%)
  • Operations and Procedures (17%)

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CMCO Exam Details At-A-Glance

Wonder how many questions are on the CMCO certification exam and how you will be taking the test?  Find out with this snapshot of the CMCO exam requirements:

Exam Code


Type of Exam
  • Online through Pearson OnVUE
  • In-person at Pearson VUE testing centers


Exam Prerequisites

It is recommended that CMCO candidates have:

  • At least 1 year’s worth of education in a mission critical academic program


  • At least 1 year’s work experience in a mission critical environment
Number of Exam Questions


Type of Exam Questions

Multiple Choice

Maximum Test Time

150 Minutes

Certification Renewal

Good-For-Life (GFL)


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CMCO Training and Exam Preparation

Get ready for your certification exam with training that fits your learning style.  Choose from online refresher courses, recommended study guides, and classroom training offered by our industry partners.

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CMCO Testing Information

The CMCO certification exam is administered by Pearson VUE via OnVUE, it’s remote online testing platform, and in-person, computer-based testing.  In-person testing is available at more than 5,000 testing centers in North America, Europe and Asia.  For insight into how to register and take your exam, follow the links below:

Purchase the CMCO Certification Exam

You need to purchase a CMCO exam voucher to be able to register for the exam.  Purchasing an online refresher course or a bundle that includes the refresher course is encouraged in order to prepare you for the exam.

If you are located in North America, make your selection from the tables below:

For exams outside North America, please visit our Certification Store.

Organizations can purchase exam vouchers at a volume discount.

Voucher Only
USD $259

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Refresher Course
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Refresher Course Only
USD $79

Free Retake
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Student Voucher Only
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USD $156

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Refresher Bundle
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USD $289

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Retake Bundle
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USD $329

Free Retake
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Premium Bundle
Was $588Save $219

USD $369

Free Retake
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* Retake:  Good for one free retake of the exam if you fail
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