Certification News

August 31, 2015

I would like to talk about the ‘Two’ different levels of Networking certification.

The technologist level requires no experience to be eligible for the examination other than current employment in broadcast engineering or related technology. However, the Engineering level must have five (5) years of suitable experience in broadcast engineering or related technology.

IT as many call it is part of everything we do, however Broadcasting has some unique requirements that require additional knowledge. (It’s not just ‘routers and switches’!)

Consider either of these certifications as they will complement any career path you may be considering in our industry.

— Technologist Level —

Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist® (CBNT®)

CBNT Application (fillable form)

This certification is designed for persons who wish to demonstrate a basic familiarity with networking hardware as utilized in business and audio/video applications in broadcast facilities. The Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist certification can be obtained by meeting the following requirements:

By achieving a passing grade on the proficiency examination.

There is no experience requirement to be eligible for the examination other than current employment in broadcast engineering or related technology.

The Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist Exam: The exam is three hours and consists of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to radio and television broadcast station internal network installation and operation. The examination is not software-specific and is designed to place an emphasis on the hardware and installation issues common to all platforms. Each exam is computer-selected from a pool of questions, and every exam is unique. Each correct answer will be worth two (2) points. The Broadcast Networking Technologist exam will consist of questions on:

  • Network topologies and layouts
  • Common network protocols
  • Wiring standards and practices
  • Maintenance, troubleshooting and connectivity issues
  • Challenges unique to broadcast-based networks

— Engineering Level —

Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE)

CBNE Application (fillable form)

NOW AVAILABLE!

The candidate for Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) must have five (5) years of suitable experience in broadcast engineering or related technology.

Substitution of broadcast engineering, or education in related technologies, for experience may be made 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 concurrent years of experience and education.

The Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer exam: Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions 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 is selected specifically for each applicant, based on their reported background and training. Each essay question is worth 20 points.

Order the  CBNE CertPreview

Some of the general areas of emphasis on the CBNE will be:

Audio/Video over IP for Broadcast

  • Routing approaches
  • IP address management
  • UDP and TCP
  • Unicast/Multicast
  • Utilizing VPNs
  • QOS and Packet Loss and Jitter
  • IPv6
  • Wireless transmission performance issues

Digital Content Management

  • SMPTE/EBU Metadata framework
  • General Metadata wrappers
  • Process of MAM (Media asset management)
  • Content management
  • Digital Rights management

Video Systems in an IT World

  • Networked Media
  • Basics of File-Based Workflows
  • Storage and play-out systems as optimized for video
  • Large scale backup strategies
  • Database connectivity (ODBC)
  • High-Availability Design and Architecture
  • SDI

Data Transmission Systems and Practices

  • OSI layers
  • IP Address Assignment
  • DS and OC System data rates and service options

General PC Hardware, interconnection, and backup

  • Hard Drive Types and Applications
  • MAC Addresses and NICs
  • Categories of interconnection wiring
  • UTP and STP, Fiber Optic systems
  • System Fault Tolerance, RAID, SAN, NAS
  • UPS Systems

The suggested reference list for the CBNE certification exam is now available.

CERTIFICATION OBJECTIVES

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