Certification News

Michael Scott:
Certification Chairman

Last month we detailed the elements associated with the CBT (Certified Broadcast Technologist)

‘Engineering Level Certification’. However, not all levels of Certification require knowledge of Broadcasting. Individuals specializing in Audio Engineering have their own unique Certification… read on….

Certified Audio Engineer (CEA)

The candidate for Certified Audio Engineer must have five (5) years of suitable experience in audio engineering or related technology.

Substitution of Audio 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 Audio Engineer Exam: Exams are three hours, consist of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to audio, 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 Audio Engineer multiple choice examination will consist of questions on:

  • operating practices
  • problems
  • theory
  • safety
  • basic electronics
 April 10, 2018  Exams during the NAB show  March 2, 2018
 June 1-11, 2018  Local Chapters  April 20, 2018
 August 3-13, 2018  Local Chapters  June 5, 2018
 November 2-12, 2018  Local Chapters  September 24, 2018


   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 (2018-2)