Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

The turkey has been digested, the weather has become cold, BlackFriday is over, and cyber Monday has been deleted. Not much left to do until Christmas… hmmmmmmm! How about taking on a new Certification level! Yes, either: Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer™(CBRE®) and/or Certified Broadcast Television Engineer™(CBTE®). Please feel free to contact me if any further information is desired.

Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer™(CBRE®) and Certified Broadcast Television Engineer™(CBTE®)

The candidate for Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer or Certified Broadcast Television Engineer must have five 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.
  • Applicant will not receive dual credit for concurrent years of experience and education.

The Certified Broadcast Engineer Exam:  Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM/FM or TV, covering the equivalent of five (5) years experience. 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 Engineer multiple choice examination will consist of questions on:

  • safety
  • problems: electronic and practical
  • operating practices
  • theory

NOTE: The Certified Broadcast Engineer certificate will carry space for a special designation in either AM/FM or TV. The candidate may take the Broadcast Engineer examination by meeting the experience requirement either in AM/FM or TV or in both fields of specialization. Satisfactory passing of one or more of these classes will permit the person to attach the respective designation(s) to the certificate. Designations will be by examination only.

2015-16 Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
Feb. 5-15, 2016 Local Chapters Dec. 31, 2015
April 19, 2016 NAB Show, Las Vegas March 18, 2016
June 3-13, 2016 Local Chapters April 15, 2015
Aug. 5-15, 2016 Local Chapters June 3, 2016
Nov. 4-20, 2016 Local Chapters Sept. 30, 2016


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