SBE Certification Exam Session Scheduled for 145th AES Convention

AES logoIn cooperation with the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the SBE is offering an opportunity for registered AES Convention participants to take an SBE certification exam while attending the 145th AES Convention convention in New York City.

The exam session will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Javitz Center. The time and room will be announced later this summer. Those interested in taking an SBE certification exam at the AES Convention must submit their certification application to the SBE National Office no later than Sept. 21.

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.

Miss the SBE Membership Meeting? Watch a recording now!

You’re in luck if you missed the fall membership meeting of the SBE in Denver. You can watch it online, now! Thanks to, Advanced Broadcast SolutionsComrexDVEO and Orban for sponsoring the meeting. They made it possibly to view, for those of you who were unable to be in Denver. A big thanks to SBE Immediate Past President Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT and SBE Chapter 48 Chairman Tony Roccanova, along with their team, for their great work on the live stream and recording.

SBE awards first CBNE certifications

The Society of Broadcast Engineer’s recognizes fifteen broadcast professionals as Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer after the first round of CBNE certification exams. Webinars by SBE is presenting a live webinar on September 11 to assist those taking the CBNE exam during upcoming exam sessions.

“With this new certification the SBE is able to recognize a more advanced networking skill set that many broadcast engineers possess. We expect a large number of those with the CBNT who have naturally progressed and acquired more skills to take the CBNE in the near future as well as anyone with an advanced knowledge of networking in the broadcast field,” said SBE National Certification Committee Chairman Jim Bernier, CPBE, CBNT.

Those who currently hold the CBNE certification include: Rafael Aguillon, CBTE, CBNE; Terry Baun, CPBE, AMD, CBNE; Paul Claxton, CPBE, CBNE; Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; Michael Helke, CBNE; Jesse Janosky, CBTE, CBNE; Paul Jonak, CSTE, 8-VSB, CBRE, CEA, CEV, CBNE; Alan Jurison, CSRE, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Jerry Martin, CSTE, CBNE; Michael Norton, CSTE, CBNE; Wayne Pecena, CPBE, 8-VSB, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Mark Simpson, CPBE, AMD, DRB, CBNE; Chris Tarr, CSRE, DRB, CBNE; Barry Thomas, CPBE, DRB, CBNE; and John Justin Tucker, CSRE, AMD, CBNE. Continue reading

How certification essay exams are graded

Are you contemplating taking an exam with an essay? Here is a recent article written by Joe Snelson, CPBE, 8-VSB explaining how a certification exam with an essay is graded. Snelson is a member of the SBE National Certification Committee.

SBE TV and radio operator handbooks now available in digital format

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has published handbooks for radio and television operators for more than 15 years and now they are available in digital format. The SBE Television Operators Certification Handbook and the SBE Certification Handbook for Radio Operators can now be purchased through and They can be read using those companies’ popular Kindle and Nook capable devices and apps.

Purchase of the digital version of either book does not include the corresponding SBE operator certification exam. The exam can be purchased separately through the SBE website. The combined cost of the digital book and the separate exam is the same as the cost for the traditional paper book that includes the exam.

“These two handbooks represent the first of many digital books and other educational material the SBE plans to publish going forward,” said SBE President, Ralph Hogan, CPBE, DRB, CBNT. Hogan also said, “Publishing in digital form helps to meet the needs of our members who want educational material available in traditional and digital versions. Providing both will offer options to the broadcast engineer who routinely uses electronic devices in their daily jobs.”

The digital versions of the operator handbooks provide the added value of convenience and mobility. The digital editions have exactly the same content as the current paper editions and include practice questions at the end.