by: Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

The “Holiday” are almost here! I think that it’s “High Time” one should think about something ‘Special’ for one’s-self! Yep, converting that Engineering Certification into something “Senior”.

Last issue we detailed the “Broadcast Radio & Television Engineer Certifications” which required 5 years of working experience. This issue will explore the next level that a “Broadcast Engineer” would aspire to – with 10 years of working experience.

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:

  1. A state registered Professional Engineer’s license will count as four (4) years experience for all levels of certification.
  2. A Bachelor Degree will count as four (4) years experience.
  3. An Associate Degree will count as two (2) years experience.
  4. Years of related accredited education, i.e., military, correspondence, etc. can be substituted, year for year, up to four (4) years.
  5. 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, 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