by: Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

Summer is really here…. The warn weather is quite a change from this past “Spring”….

Last issue we answered the question: Why be certified? The next logical step is the preparation for the exam. Several methods are usually used by applicants to study for the test – one of the best being the ‘SBE CertPreview’ packages.

SBE CertPreview
AVAILABLE NOW – What will the exam be like? The SBE National Certification Committee offers sample test software for the SBE certification examinations.
Learn more about the NEW SBE CertPreview www.sbe.org http://www.sbe.org / certification.
You can order CertPreview on-line!
SBE Suggested References
The National Certification Committee suggests a number of references for you to review in preparation for SBE certification examinations.
Suggested Reference list for Engineering Certification exams
(CBT, CEA, CEV, CBRE, CBTE, CSRE, CSTE) can be found on the SBE.org wed site.

Taking the Test
Multiple choice questions are used, even for problems requiring calculations. Only in a portion of the Senior Broadcast Engineer and Specialist exams are there essay-type questions.
Candidates will NOT be allowed to use notes, old exams or other study materials. Standard reference texts and tables and calculators will be allowed, but not computers. Essay questions are closed book.
Scratch paper may be used but must be re-sealed with the exam. Only blank paper may be taken from the examination room.
The examinations are designed to be representative of the “real world” of broadcast engineering. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the ability to solve problems rather than on the memorization of answers.
Each examination must be completed within three (3) hours.
Each examination will be identified with the name of the candidate and will be handled in specially sealed envelopes.
Each candidate will be required to sign a statement that he/she will not divulge the contents of any questions contained in his/her examination.
Numerical scores will NOT be reported. Candidates will be notified ONLY of pass/fail results.

Dates to remember:

Apply by: Where Taken: Testing Dates:
September 17,2010 @Local Chapters Test Date: November 5-15,2010
December 31, 2010 @Local Chapters Test Date: February 4 – 14, 2011
March 25, 2011 NAB Test Date: April 12, 2011
April 15, 2011 @Local Chapters Test Date: June 3 -13, 2011
June 3, 2011 @Local Chapters Test Date: April 5 – 15, 2011

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