Certification News

November 28, 2017

Michael Scott
Certification Chairman

We detailed the need to become certified by SBE as either a Television and/or Radio Operator last month. This month we want to continue detailing other entry and advanced levels of network broadcasting certifications. Computer mastery and the understanding of operational networking have become vital in today’s operational environment. First, is the Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) and Second, is the Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE). Please read on…….. Including information on “CertPreview”

I wish each and every one of you – including your friends & families a happy and safe holiday season, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

                                  – – -Technologist Level- – –

Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT)

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)

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.
  • The 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

 

                       – – – CertPreview – – –

Very – Helpful to certification preparation is the SBE “CertPreview”.

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The new SBE CertPreview will be a download from the SBE website or you may choose to have the CD mailed to you. The program will be installed onto your computer and will be machine specific. The program is available for Windows only. Each sample test contains 50+ questions typical of those found on an actual exam. You will take the exam in its entirety and be able to mark and review questions before scoring your sample exam. By scoring the exam, you will be given a percentage and a breakdown of categories contained within the exam. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to revisit questions that you answered wrong.

SBE CertPreview can be purchased for the following levels:

  • Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) Radio or Television FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) – No experience required Covers a variety of networking knowledge and skills common to various networks. Not software specific.
  • Certified Audio Engineer (CEA) 5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, AM-FM, TV, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • Certified Video Engineer (CEV) 5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, AM-FM, TV, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE) 5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE) 5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) 5 years of experience Audio/Video over IP for Broadcast, Digital Content Management, Video Systems in an IT World, Data Transmission Systems and Practices, General PC Hardware, interconnection, and backup
  • Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) 10 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE) 10 years of experience; FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
  • 8-VSB Specialist (8-VSB) – You must first hold a 5-year, 10-year or 20-year certification; transport stream, audio (AC-3), video (MPEG-2), PSIP, DVT standards documents and transmissions systems 8-VSB Diagrams for SBE CertPreview
  • AM Directional Specialist (AMD) – You must first hold a 5-year, 10-year or 20-year certification; FCC rules concerning directional operation, test equipment and safety procedures, operation, maintenance and repair of the directional antenna system
  • Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB) – You must first hold a 5-year, 10-year or 20-year certification.

 

About Certification Exams

The purpose of the Certification exam is to permit you to demonstrate your comprehension of the prescribed body of knowledge for your particular experience level and field of specialization. The exams consist of 50 multiple choice questions drawn from a file of several hundred questions, ranging from basic electronics to state-of-the-art maintenance problems.

All exams are conducted OPEN BOOK, and calculators are allowed.

Working engineers on the SBE Certification Committee develop the questions.

Cost is: $32 for the download (per test) or $36 for the CD (per test).  Add $3 per CD* for shipping/handling

* Multiple tests can be purchased on one CD

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EXAM DATES LOCATION APPLICATION DEADLINE
 November 3-13, 2017  Local Chapters  Closed
 February 2-12, 2018  Local Chapters  December 31, 2017
 April 10, 2018  Exams during the NAB show  March 2, 2018
 June 1-11, 2018  Local Chapters  April 20, 2018
 August 3-13, 2018  Local Chapters  June 5, 2018
 November 2-12, 2018  Local Chapters  September 24, 2018

 

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(2017-12)