Certification News – February

Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

We are planning our road map for the new year…. Exercising more, losing some weight, and hopefully reviewing our certification portfolio – right? Since it’s been over five years since you achieved the “Certified Broadcast Engineering” level. (time goes fast). – Consider the next step:

Certified Senior Radio Engineer™ (CSRE®) and/or

Certified Senior Television Engineer™ (CSTE®)

The candidate for Certified Senior Radio Engineer or Certified Senior Television Engineer must have 10 years of responsible broadcast engineering or related technology experience.

Substitution of broadcast engineering, or education in related technologies, for experience may be made in the qualifications 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 years of experience and education which are concurrent.

The Certified Senior Engineer Exam: Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM/FM or TV, covering the equivalent of 10 years’ experience at a responsible level. 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 will be selected for each designation. Each essay question is worth 20 points. The Senior Broadcast Engineer multiple-choice examination will consist of questions on:

  • operating practices
  • safety
  • theory
  • problems
  • supervision and management

NOTE: The Certified Senior Engineer certificate will carry space for a special designation in either AM/FM or TV. The candidate may take the Senior 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.

Helpful information;

SBE CertPreview

What will the exam be like? The SBE National Certification Committee offers sample test software for the SBE certification examinations.

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SBE Suggested References

The National Certification Committee suggests a number of references for you to review in preparation for SBE certification examinations.

Suggested Reference Lists

Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT)

Certified Broadcast Technolgist (CBT)

Certified Audio Engineer (CEA) and Certified Video Engineer (CEV)

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

Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE)

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) and Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE)

8-VSB Specialist (8-VSB)

AM Directional Specialist (AMD)

Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB)

Taking the Test

  1. Multiple choice questions are used, even for problems requiring calculations. Only in a portion of the Senior Broadcast Engineer and Specialist exams are there essay-type questions.
  2. Candidates will NOT be allowed to use notes, old exams or other study materials. Standard reference texts and tables and calculators will be allowed, but not computers. Essay questions are closed book.
  3. Scratch paper may be used but must be re-sealed with the exam. Only blank paper may be taken from the examination room.
  4. The examinations are designed to be representative of the “real world” of broadcast engineering. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the ability to solve problems rather than on the memorization of answers.
  5. Each examination must be completed within three (3) hours.
  6. Each examination will be identified with the name of the candidate and will be handled in specially sealed envelopes.
  7. Each candidate will be required to sign a statement that he/she will not divulge the contents of any questions contained in his/her examination.
  8. Numerical scores will NOT be reported. Candidates will be notified ONLY of pass/fail results.

Passing Scores for the Exams

Certified Television Operator (CTO) – 90%

Certified Radio Operator (CRO) – 90%

Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) – 70%

Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) – 70%

Certified Video Engineer (CEV) – 70%

Certified Audio Engineer (CEA) – 70%

Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE) – 70%

Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE) – 70%

Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) – 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question

Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE) – 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) – 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question

8-VSB Specialist (8-VSB) – 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question

AM Directional Specialist (AMD) – 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question

Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB) – 84% combined score of multiple choice and essay question

Upcoming Exam Dates Location Application Deadline
April 19, 2016 NAB Show, Las Vegas March 18, 2016
June 3-13, 2016 Local Chapters April 15, 2016
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-Mailokscott@halcyon.com