A Top Ten List of Most-certified SBE Chapters

by John Poray, CAE
SBE Executive Director

There are a number of ways to gauge the vitality of a chapter of the SBE. The number of active members and how many quality meetings held each year are two ways that are often used. Another is to measure the percentage of SBE members in each chapter that hold one or more SBE certifications.

Though SBE certification is an optional program, we of course recommend it highly. It is the most recognized measure in the broadcasting business today of technical knowledge and experience. I took a look at SBE chapters that meet the requirements to be a SBE Quality Chapter (who earned a chapter cash rebate from the national SBE for 2014) AND, that had 50% or more of its members certified through the SBE, and created a “SBE Top Ten” list; or in this case, Top 11.

During this 40th anniversary of the SBE Program of Certification, we’re pleased to recognize the Top 11 Chapters, their chairmen and certification chairmen, who play a significant leadership role in establishing a high level of chapter programming and a high percentage of member participation in the SBE certification program.

Rank Chapter % SBE Certified Chapter Chairman Certification Chairman
1 118, Montgomery, AL 68% Wiely Boswell, CBRE, CBNE Charles Grider, CBRE, CBNT
2 131, Inland Empire, CA 67% Don Bartie, CPBE, CBNT Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE
2 24, Madison, WI 67% Kevin Ruppert, CPBE, CBNT Jim Hermanson, CPBE, CBNT
4 86, Greenville, SC 63% Jerry Massey, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNT Robert Maw, CSTE
5 55, St. Louis, MO 62% Terrence Dupuis, CBRE, CBNT Don Strauss, CPBE
6 52, Central Ohio 55% John Owen Roland Elikofer, CPBE
7 28, Milwaukee, WI 54% Todd Boettcher, CPBE Rick Ryan, CPBE
7 3, Kansas 54% Vern Wirka, CPBE Robert Locke, CPBE, CBNT
7 96, Rockford, IL 54% Ben Pflederer Chuck Ingle, CPBE, AMD
10 7, Jacksonville, FL 51% Craig Butler, CSRTE Alan Alsobrook, CSRE, AMD, CBNT
11 102, Grand Rapids, MI 50% Glenn Gunnufsen, CSTE, CBNT Philip Schmitt, CBRE, CBT

No matter what stage you are in your career as a broadcast engineer or master control operator, obtaining SBE certification can be helpful to you in your own professional development. Your chapter’s certification chairman can help you get started and answer any questions you may have. You can also check the Certification section at the SBE website, http://www.sbe.org, or contact SBE Certification Director Megan Clappe at the SBE National Office.

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Pecena presenting day-long session on IP Networking for Broadcasters August 30 in Los Angeles

Wayne Pecena, a member of the SBE Technical Presenters Group, is presenting IP networking to broadcasters on August 30.  Thank you to SBE Chapter 47 and NBC Universal for working together to bring this program to their area. The cost for members of the SBE is $49. 

This full-day intensive class will focus on TCP/IP based networking fundamentals in an Ethernet environment. Topics covered will include understanding RFC’s, TCP and UDP fundamentals, IP addressing, IPv4 subnetting, an introduction to IPv6, switching fundamentals, VLAN use, routing fundamentals, quality of services (QoS) Basics, and networking security concerns.

Emphasis will be placed upon understanding and applying IP subnetting techniques, understanding when to switch, and understanding when to route in an IP network. Where appropriate, the application focus and practical use cases will be oriented towards a broadcast technical plant. Theoretical principals will be reinforced through practical exercises, network use cases, and a design practical to close out the day.

Class size is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Reinstate your lapsed SBE certification through the Jubilee Project

The SBE Certification Committee has announced a special opportunity for individuals who have allowed their SBE certification to lapse, to regain it with no exam required. The Jubilee Project, named for the SBE 50th anniversary that takes place in 2014, is for those who previously held an SBE certification that expired from January 1999 through January 2012.

All SBE certifications are included in the re-instatement program. For details, see the article on page six in the April issue of The Signal. Click here for the application.

How can IP Multicasting benefit broadcasters?

IP Multicast is a unique aspect of IP Networking technology that provides “one – to – many” communications between a source IP host and numerous subscriber IP hosts. The use of IP Multicast for delivery of real-time media content often finds widespread use in the broadcast facility. The SBE is offering a webinar, presented by Wayne Pecena, to help broadcasters learn more about IP Multicast. Learn more

Just how big is the IPv6 address space?

340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 addresses to be exact.  Hear more about IPv6 during the Webinar by SBE on IP Networking, part 4 – IPv6, taking place February 21, 2013.

Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

Follow us on Twitter @SBEorg, #webinarsbysbe and post your questions for the webinar presenter, Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-vSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE. You can also post your questions on our Facebook page.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam.

IP Networking Webinar Series continues with the Fundamentals of IPv6

Just as IPv4 addressing can be challenging when managing limited IP address space, IPv6 brings new challenges when working with enormous IP address space. This webinar, which takes place on February 21, 2013, builds upon the brief introduction to IPv6 terminology presented in the third webinar of the series held in January 2013. A new mindset is required to effectively understand and implement IPv6 in your network. New IPv6 features and capabilities also bring challenges to the broadcast network engineer.

This webinar is the fourth in a series that aids in the self-study for the SBE Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer™ (CBNE™) certification exam.   More Info

Take an exam during NAB

Are you attending the 2013 NAB Show? Have you been putting off taking a certification exam? SBE will hold one exam session in Las Vegas during the NAB show on Tuesday, April 9th from 9AM to noon. Get your application into the national office by March 22nd, to take advantage of this opportunity.

What certification is right for you? Check out this chart.

SBE Certification exam sessions are also planned for June, August and November 2013.

IP Networking Webinar Series – live and on-demand webinars on IP address management, IPv6, routing and much more

IP-Webinars_Box_WebsiteLooking for a convenient and affordable way to learn more about IP networking? The SBE has a series of webinars, tackling subjects such as the OSI model and layers, routing and switching, IP address management, and IPv6.  Two of the webinars are available on-demand, and two of the webinars take place later this month and in February.  Click here to find out more about any of these webinars.