by: Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

Summer is gone, (Sort of!). Now is the time to get started on that ‘long awaited’ SENIOR level certification. We have lots of members that should meet the criteria of 10 years in the field. I have been teaching for over 20+ years now…. And my first 10 years worth of students are ready… my…’ how time flies’… get off the couch and get started….

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE®) and

Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE®)

The candidate for Certified Senior Radio Engineer or Certified Senior Television Engineer must have 10 years of responsible broadcast engineering or related technology experience and must achieve a passing grade on the proficiency examination.

Substitution of broadcast engineering or education in related technologies, for experience may be made in the qualifications as follows:

  • A state registered Professional Engineer’s license will count as four (4) years experience for all levels of certification.
  • A Bachelor Degree will count as four (4) years experience.
  • An Associate Degree will count as two (2) years experience.
  • Years of related accredited education, i.e., military, correspondence, etc. can be substituted, year for year, up to four (4) years.
  • Applicant will not receive dual credit for years of experience and education which are concurrent.

The Certified Senior Engineer Exam: Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM/FM or TV, covering the equivalent of 10 years experience at a responsible level. Each exam is computer-selected from a pool of questions, and every exam is unique. Each question is worth two (2) points. One essay-type*** question will be selected for each designation. Each essay question is worth 20 points. The Senior Broadcast Engineer multiple-choice examination will consist of questions on:

  • operating practices
  • safety
  • theory
  • problems
  • supervision and management

NOTE: The Certified Senior Engineer certificate will carry space for a special designation in either AM/FM or TV. The candidate may take the Senior Broadcast Engineer examination by meeting the experience requirement either in AM/FM or TV or in both fields of specialization. Satisfactory passing of one or more of these classes will permit the person to attach the respective designation(s) to the certificate. Designations will be by examination only.



Dates to remember:


Apply by:                    Where Taken:             Testing Dates:


December 31, 2013     @Local Chapters        Test Date: February 8-18, 2013

March 22, 2013           @NAB                        Test Date: April 9, 2013

April 12, 2013             @Local Chapters        Test Date: June 7-17, 2013

June 1, 2013                @Local Chapters        Test Date: August 9-19, 2013

September13, 2013     @Local Chapters        Test Date: November 1-11, 2-13



To raise the professional status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence in the practice of broadcasting engineering. To recognize those individuals who, by fulfilling the requirements of knowledge, experience, responsibility, and conduct, meet those standards of professional competence. To encourage broadcast engineers to continue their professional development.


For more information and/or application forms please feel free to contact Michael Scott, CPBE.

E-Mail okscott@halcyon.com ; Voice (253) 680-7756 ; FAX (253) 845-5882