SBE Chapter 37
SBE Chapter 37
December 9, 2016  


By popular demand, SBE now offers certification examinations four times a year administered at local chapters. An August examination has been added to the June and November cycles.

If you are planning to take any of the SBE certification tests, exam preparation is facilitated with the new sample tests on diskette. The sample exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions similar to the actual exam. You can fax an order with your credit card number to: 317-253-0418. The sample test CD version costs $27.00 plus $3.00 shipping. For more information contact SBE National at: 317-846-9000.

If you need certification application forms, call Chapter 37 Certification Chairman, Eric Hoehn at XM Radio (202) 380-4109. They need to be mailed to SBE National in Indianapolis with the appropriate fee enclosed and received there prior to the deadline date.

A new certification category called Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist is being offered. A sample test is also on the site.

Don't forget that the categories now include non-broadcast levels for both Audio Engineer and Video Engineer. For a complete listing and description of all certification levels, see


For more information about SBE Certification, see your Chapter Certification Chair or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or

Exam Dates


Application Deadline

February 5-15, 2016 Local Chapters December 31, 2015
April 19, 2016 NAB Convention
Las Vegas, NV
March 18, 2016
June 3-13, 2016 Local Chapters April 15, 2016
August 5-15, 2016 Local Chapters June 3, 2016
November 4-20, 2016 Local Chapters September 30, 2016

Change to CBNT Recognition

SBE National has changed the policy of accepting other computer certifications including those from Novell and Microsoft for the CBNT Certification. Because the other certifications have been changed so often or are no longer offered, the SBE Certification Committee has decided to discontinue recognizing other IT and computer-networking certification programs as equivalent sources for CBNT certification.


The certification program of the Society of Broadcast Engineers has been recognized by the National Skills Standards Board (NSSB). The U.S. Congress established NSSB in response to the explosion in the number of industry certifications in the marketplace. Individuals, employers and policymakers are faced with the enormous task of identifying quality certifications that meet the needs of today's dynamic workplace. NSSB Certification Recognition was designed to help users of certifications by identifying those that meet high professional and technical standards for quality assurance. To receive recognition, a certification must undergo a comprehensive review to ensure that it meets specific quality requirements.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers Program of Certification began in 1975 as an industry response to the reduction in FCC operator licensing. Since then, the program has grown to include a group of sequential certifications that cover traditional broadcast engineering skills and knowledge, as well as certifications for television operators, radio operators and broadcast computer networking technologists.

While the broadcast industry has long accepted SBE Certification as a valid mark of an individual's skill, the SBE National Certification Committee has sought approvals from outside the broadcast industry to further the program's existing reputation.

On June 10, 2003, the NSSB granted its recognition of the following SBE certification levels:

  • Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT)
  • Certified Broadcast Engineer (CBRE/CBTE)
  • Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer (CSRE/CSTE)
  • Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE)
  • Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT)
  • Certified Audio Engineer (CEA)
  • Certified Video Engineer (CEV)
  • Certified Television Operator (CTO)

"This achievement marks a significant peak for the Program of Certification," said Chriss Scherer, CSRE CBNT, chairman of the SBE National Certification Committee. "The SBE Certification Committee members-current and past members alike-devote a great deal of time and effort to the Program of Certification. This honor strengthens our belief in our own efforts and takes SBE Certification to a higher standard of excellence."

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