I know that many of you reading this article are not Certified, but have always wondered about the process and the advantages of SBE Certification. I guess it all centers around getting, keeping, and advancing in our profession. Certification is not another standard requirement. . it’s a demonstration in your commitment to getting & maintaining the knowledge and skills necessary to perform your job in a competent and Professional manor. So, if you have been thinking about becoming SBE Certified…. Read on….
Why Be Certified?
The Certification Program is a service of the SBE contributing to the advancement of broadcast engineering for the general benefit of the entire broadcast industry.
In 1975, the SBE established a Certification Program to recognize and raise the professional status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence. Through the years, it has become recognized in the industry as the primary method of verifying the attainment of educational standards. With the industry constantly changing, the SBE-certified engineer must keep up with those changes.
From the certified operator to the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, the SBE has a certification for every broadcast engineer and technician.
- To raise the status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence in the practice of broadcast engineering and related technologies.
- 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.
To be eligible for certification, you must have a strong interest in the design, operation, maintenance or administration of the day-to-day problems and achievements associated with the operation of a broadcast facility or related technology. You must also meet the specific eligibility requirements of the desired certification level. The SBE broadcast engineer certificate is not a license; it is a document that recognizes professional competence by peers in a professional, independent organization. Certification is for individuals only and may not be used to imply that an organization or firm is certified.
Certification and SBE Membership
While membership in the SBE is not a requirement of the Certification Program, and because SBE members share in the overhead cost of all SBE activities, non-member certification fees are higher.
Non-members who certify at a technologist or engineering level are eligible to receive membership in SBE through April 1 of the following year. We hope you take advantage of this proposal. It is our hope that you will like what SBE has to offer and will want to continue your membership and support of your Society.
Responsibility for administering the Certification Program rests with a National Certification Committee appointed by the SBE president with the approval of the SBE Board of Directors, members of which must be SBE certified. Qualifications of each candidate for certification will be judged by the National Certification Committee. Criteria for the examinations shall also be determined by the National Certification Committee.
A certification director will be responsible for carrying out the details of the program. The certification director will serve on the committee as an advisor but will have no vote. This person will attend all meetings, keep the minutes of those meetings and prepare regular reports to the SBE Board of Directors.
Examinations will be administered through local chapters under the supervision of proctors approved by the National Certification Committee. Where no chapters exist, the National Certification Committee will arrange for suitable testing procedures. These proctors will be the SBE officers, chapter officers, educators or other responsible persons.
SBE Certification Application Fees
|Certification||Member Fee||Non-Member Fee|
|CBT – Certified Broadcast Technologist||$53||$135|
|CBNT – Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist||$62||$144|
|CEA – Certified Audio Engineer||$67||$149|
|CEV – Certified Video Engineer||$67||$149|
|CBRE – Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer||$67||$149|
|CBTE – Certified Broadcast Television Engineer||$67||$149|
|CBNE – Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer||$80||$162|
|CSRE – Certified Senior Radio Engineer||$92||$174|
|CSTE – Certified Senior Television Engineer||$92||$174|
|CPBE – Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer||$117||$199|
|8-VSB – 8-VSB Specialist||$62||$144|
|AMD – AM Directional Specialist||$62||$144|
|DRB – Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist||$62||$144|
|CTO – Certified Television Operator’s Handbook||$54|
|CRO – Radio Operator’s Certification Handbook||$54|
|Exam Dates||Location||Application Deadline|
|August 4-14, 2017||Local Chapters||June 5, 2017|
|November 3-13, 2017||Local Chapters||September 25, 2017|
|February 2-12, 2017||Local Chapters||December 31, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org (2017-10)