CERTIFICATION NEWS

by: Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

We had a nice summer and now the leaves are starting to change…. Great time to consider SBE certification..

Last issue we detailed the “CertPreview” packages and the preparation for successful certification testing. So now that we are prepared to take the next step…. Choosing your appropriate level of ‘Certification’.

Just starting? Never been SBE certified before? Not sure where to start? The “Certified Broadcast Technologist” may be your best choice… it’ 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:

  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:

September 17,2010     @Local Chapters        Test Date: November 5-15,2010

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

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 ; Voice (253) 680-7756 ; FAX (253) 845-5882