CERTIFICATION NEWS

by: Michael Scott, Certification Chairman

Preparing for any level of “SBE Certification” can be challenging without the proper preparation. SBE has developed a preparation system, “CertPreview” that helps guide the applicant to a better understanding of the task that they have set for themselves.

CertPreview

The new SBE CertPreview will be a download from the SBE website or you may choose to have the CD mailed to you. The program will be installed onto your computer and will be machine specific. The program will be available for Windows and Mac. Each sample test contains 100-150 questions typical of those found on an actual exam. You will take the exam in its entirety and be able to mark and review questions before scoring your sample exam. By scoring the exam, you will be given a percentage and a breakdown of categories contained within the exam. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will also be able to revisit questions that you answered wrong.

SBE CertPreview can be purchased for the following levels:

Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) Radio or Television  FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) – No experience required Covers a variety of networking knowledge and skills common to various networks. Not software specific.
Certified Audio Engineer (CEA)  5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, AM-FM, TV, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
Certified Video Engineer (CEV)  5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, AM-FM, TV, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE)  5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE)  5 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)  10 years of experience FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE)  10 years of experience; FCC, General, Audio, Video, RF, AM-FM RF, TV RF, Satellite, Microwave, Safety, Networking
8-VSB Specialist (8-VSB) – You must first hold a 5-year, 10-year or 20-year certification; transport stream, audio (AC-3), video (MPEG-2), PSIP, DVT standards documents and transmissions systems
8-VSB Diagrams for SBE CertPreview
AM Directional Specialist (AMD) – You must first hold a 5-year, 10-year or 20-year certification; FCC rules concerning directional operation, test equipment and safety procedures, operation, maintenance and repair of the directional antenna system
Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist (DRB) – COMING SOON

About Certification Exams

The purpose of the Certification exam is to permit you to demonstrate your comprehension of the prescribed body of knowledge for your particular experience level and field of specialization. The exams consist of 50 multiple choice questions drawn from a file of several hundred questions, ranging from basic electronics to state-of-the-art maintenance problems.

All exams are conducted OPEN BOOK, and calculators are allowed.

Working engineers on the SBE Certification Committee develop the questions.

Cost is:

$29 for the download (per test)
or
$33 for the CD (per test)
add $3 per CD* for shipping/handling

* Multiple tests can be purchased on one CD

Dates to remember:

Apply by:                    Where Taken:             Testing Dates:

March 25, 2011 NAB Test Date: April 12, 2011
April 15, 2011 @Local Chapters Test Date: June 3 -13, 2011
June 3, 2011 @Local Chapters Test Date: April 5 – 15, 2011
CERTIFICATION OBJECTIVES

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 ; Voice (253) 680-7756 ; FAX (253) 845-5882
Next “WaveGuide” it is …….

(March 2011)

Truly Mike