Certification News

M Scott tnAugust, Already – my how time flies! The following certification levels really apply to those who became Certified at the Certified Broadcast Technologist level more then 5 (five) years ago! I am aware of hundreds of you that meet this requirement, so get on the wagon and up-grade! Since time seems to keep us occupied with just getting from ‘day to day’ setting this as a priority gets lost in the ‘back-ground’ noise. If you apply now.. you could be taking your test in the November testing cycle…..

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
Application Deadline
Nov. 4-20, 2016 Local Chapters Sept. 30, 2016
February 3-13, 2017 NAB Show Las Vegas December 31, 2016
 April 25, 2017 Local Chapters  March 17, 2017
June 2-12, 2017 Local Chapters April 21, 2017
August 4-14, 2017 Local Chapters June 5, 2017
November 3-13, 2017 Local Chapters September 25, 2017


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