Certification News

January 4, 2016

Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

I know it’s time for “New Year’s Resolutions” and I’ve got a great one for you to consider.

Considering that almost everything is on, in, or attached to some form of Networking… it only makes sense that a ‘smart’ person consider up-dating or maybe up-grading one’s skill set to include ‘Broadcast Networking’ in your portfolio.

Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE)

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.

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
2015-16 Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
April 19, 2016 NAB Show, Las Vegas March 18, 2016
June 3-13, 2016 Local Chapters April 15, 2015
Aug. 5-15, 2016 Local Chapters June 3, 2016
Nov. 4-20, 2016 Local Chapters Sept. 30, 2016

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