Certification News

January 2, 2018

Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

Happy New Year – Everyone!

A new year heralds the beginnings of many things and especially with SBE Certifications! We start the years with “Engineering level Certifications”

Engineering Level Certifications

  • Certified Broadcast Technologist
  • Certified Audio Engineer
  • Certified Video Engineer
  • Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer
  • Certified Broadcast Television Engineer
  • Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer
  • Certified Senior Radio Engineer
  • Certified Senior Television Engineer
  • Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer

This month we will start with “where the rubber meets the road”

Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT)

The “Certified Broadcast Technologist” certification can be obtained by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • By achieving a passing grade on the proficiency examination. There is no experience requirement to be eligible for the examination.
  • By holding a valid General Class Radio Telephone license with either two (2) years of continuous satisfactory service in broadcast engineering or related technology prior to the date of application, or a total of three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory service in broadcast engineering or related technology.
  • By holding a valid FCC Amateur Extra Class license or a Canadian Advanced amateur with either two (2) years of continuous satisfactory service in broadcast engineering or related technology prior to the date of application, or a total of three (3) out of the last five (5) years of satisfactory service in broadcast engineering or related technology.
  • By holding a valid license equivalent to one of the FCC licenses listed above, who meet the service requirement. (NOTE: This provision is for those who live in areas that do not operate under the rules and regulations of the FCC.)

The Certified Broadcast Technologist Exam: Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM/FM or TV. 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 Technologist multiple choice examination will consist of questions on:

  • electronic fundamentals
  • FCC rules pertaining to operating tolerances
  • safety
EXAM DATES LOCATION APPLICATION DEADLINE
 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 okscott@halcyon.com  (January 2018)