Certification News

September 29, 2017

Michael Scott
Certification Chairman

I know that many of you reading this article are not Certified, but have always wondered about the process and the advantages of SBE Certification.  I guess it all centers around getting, keeping, and advancing in our profession.  Certification is not another standard requirement. .  it’s a demonstration in your commitment to getting & maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary to perform your job in a competent and Professional manor.  So, if you have been thinking about becoming SBE Certified….  Read on….

Why Be Certified?

The Certification Program is a service of the SBE contributing to the advancement of broadcast engineering for the general benefit of the entire broadcast industry.

In 1975, the SBE established a Certification Program to recognize and raise the professional status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence.  Through the years, it has become recognized in the industry as the primary method of verifying the attainment of educational standards.  With the industry constantly changing, the SBE-certified engineer must keep up with those changes.

From the certified operator to the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, the SBE has a certification for every broadcast engineer and technician.

Program Objectives

  • To raise the status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence in the practice of broadcast engineering and related technologies.
  • 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.

Eligibility

To be eligible for certification, you must have a strong interest in the design, operation, maintenance or administration of the day-to-day problems and achievements associated with the operation of a broadcast facility or related technology.  You must also meet the specific eligibility requirements of the desired certification level.  The SBE broadcast engineer certificate is not a license; it is a document that recognizes professional competence by peers in a professional, independent organization.  Certification is for individuals only and may not be used to imply that an organization or firm is certified.

Certification and SBE Membership

While membership in the SBE is not a requirement of the Certification Program, and because SBE members share in the overhead cost of all SBE activities, non-member certification fees are higher.

Non-members who certify at a technologist or engineering level are eligible to receive membership in SBE through April 1 of the following year.  We hope you take advantage of this proposal.  It is our hope that you will like what SBE has to offer and will want to continue your membership and support of your Society.

Administration

Responsibility for administering the Certification Program rests with a National Certification Committee appointed by the SBE president with the approval of the SBE Board of Directors, members of which must be SBE certified.  Qualifications of each candidate for certification will be judged by the National Certification Committee.  Criteria for the examinations shall also be determined by the National Certification Committee.

A certification director will be responsible for carrying out the details of the program.  The certification director will serve on the committee as an advisor but will have no vote.  This person will attend all meetings, keep the minutes of those meetings and prepare regular reports to the SBE Board of Directors.

Examinations will be administered through local chapters under the supervision of proctors approved by the National Certification Committee.  Where no chapters exist, the National Certification Committee will arrange for suitable testing procedures.  These proctors will be the SBE officers, chapter officers, educators or other responsible persons.

 

SBE Certification Application Fees

 
Certification Member Fee Non-Member Fee
CBT – Certified Broadcast Technologist $53 $135
CBNT – Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist $62 $144
CEA – Certified Audio Engineer $67 $149
CEV – Certified Video Engineer $67 $149
CBRE – Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer $67 $149
CBTE – Certified Broadcast Television Engineer $67 $149
CBNE – Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer $80 $162
CSRE – Certified Senior Radio Engineer $92 $174
CSTE – Certified Senior Television Engineer $92 $174
CPBE – Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer $117 $199
8-VSB – 8-VSB Specialist $62 $144
AMD – AM Directional Specialist $62 $144
DRB – Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $62 $144
CTO – Certified Television Operator’s Handbook $54
CRO – Radio Operator’s Certification Handbook $54

 

 
Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
August 4-14, 2017 Local Chapters June 5, 2017
November 3-13, 2017 Local Chapters September 25, 2017
February 2-12, 2017 Local Chapters December 31, 2017

 

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. okscott@halcyon.com (2017-10)