Certification News – May 2010

by: Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

Spring is here… it’s time to consider your options as the leaves fill the trees in the coming days.
Consider the following as the pathway to success: www.sbe.org

Certification Application Procedures
1. Application forms may be obtained from each of the certification classifications descriptions pages accessed through the main Classifications Page. They may also be obtained from the Certification Director or the local chapter Certification Chairman. The completed form, with proper fee, may be filed with the Certification Director at any time.
2. After the Certification Director has determined the application is in order and the prerequisites have been verified, the application will be submitted to the National Certification Committee for action.
3. The Committee will review the application to determine the examination level for which the applicant is eligible. Those who are judged eligible will be notified of dates, places and times that examinations will be given.

The locations and dates for examinations will be determined by the National Certification Committee. Locations will normally be at a local chapter, college, university, technical school, or other suitable place as designated by the Chairman of the Certification Committee.
If the candidate is unable to take an exam during the normal exam periods, the candidate may choose to have the exam given at another time, based on the availability of the proctors. Please contact the Certification Director if you need to set up a custom-proctored exam.
If a candidate needs exam adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if the candidate has emergency medical information to discuss, or if the candidate needs special arrangements in the event the testing building must be evacuated, please include information with the application so appropriate facilities can be provided.
4. Because of the diversity of candidates’ experience, the examinations will contain a suitable choice of questions that are computer-selected from a file of several hundred questions relating to AM, FM and/or TV broadcast engineering. (More details on the examination process are discussed in taking the Test on the Exam Preparation page.)
5. The results of the examination will be scored by computer and recorded on the candidate’s application form by the certification director. The Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer and Certified Specialist essay questions will be graded by the National Certification Committee.
6. Candidates who qualify for Certification will be notified by the Certification Director, and their names will be printed in The Signal, SBE’s bimonthly newsletter.

If the candidate fails the examination, he or she may retake it one additional time at the next scheduled testing period by paying a rescheduling fee. Further attempts require submission of a new Certification Application.

Decisions may be appealed to the Certification Committee with any additional information the candidate wishes the Committee to consider. A second appeal may be made to the SBE Board of Directors.
7. The National Certification Committee will report the activities of the Committee to the Board of Directors at each scheduled meeting.
All details of an applicant’s request for certification will be kept confidential. The Society of Broadcast Engineers will not disclose the names of those who fail.

Now that you know the procedure…. Consider your “first step”.

Certified Broadcast Technologist® (CBT)
The Certified Broadcast Technologist certification can be obtained by meeting one of the following requirements:
1. By achieving a passing grade on the proficiency examination. There is no experience requirement to be eligible for the examination.
2. 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.
3. By holding a valid FCC Amateur Extra Class 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.
4. 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

Dates to remember:

Apply by: Where Taken: Testing Dates:
June 4, 2010 @Local Chapters Test Date: August 6-16,2010
September 17,2010 @Local Chapters Test Date: November 5-15,2010

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