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Suggested Reference Materials for SBE Engineering Certifications CBT/CBTE/CBRE/CEV/CEA/CSTE/CSRE

The National Certification Committee suggests the following as references in preparation for the engineering SBE certification examinations. This is just a short list of publications suggested as useful references. The exams are not specifically based on these materials. The National Certification Committee will add other references to the list as the Committee reviews new publications.


Titles underlined in blue are available and linked to the SBE Bookstore, which offers a discount to SBE Members. Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are currently out of print; however, this does not mean they are out-of-date or unavailable through some booksellers or libraries.

  • AC Power Systems Handbook, 3rd Edition – by Jerry Whitaker, published by CRC Press
  • The ARRL Antenna Book – published by the American Radio Relay League
  • The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications – published by the American Radio Relay League
  • Digital Television Fundamentals, 2nd Ed. – by Michael Robin and Michel Poulin, published by McGraw-Hill
  • Electronic Communication, 6th Edition – by Robert L. Shrader, published by McGraw-Hill
  • Electronic Instrumentation and Measurement – by Dave Buchla and Wayne McLachlan, published by Prentice Hall
  • Electronics Pocket Handbook, 3rd Ed. – by Daniel L. Metzger, published by Pearson
  • Electronic Systems Maintenance Handbook, 2nd Edition – by Jerry Whitaker, published by CRC Press
  • Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition – edited by Glen M. Ballou, published by Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Radio-Frequency Transmission Systems: Design and Operation – by Jerry Whitaker, published by McGraw-Hill *
  • Reference Data for Engineers, Radio, Electronics, Computers & Communications, 9th Edition – by Mac E. Van Valkenburg, published by Butterworth-Heinemann (e-book)
  • SBE Broadcast Engineering Handbook – Jerry Whitaker, CPBE, 8-VSB, and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, published by McGraw-Hill, 2016, ISBN 978-0071826266
  • Standard Handbook of Audio and Radio Engineering, 2nd Edition – by Jerry Whitaker and Blair Benson, published by McGraw-Hill
  • Standard Handbook of Broadcast Engineering – by Jerry Whitaker and Blair K. Benson, published by McGraw-Hill
  • Stereo Microphone Techniques – by Bruce Bartlett, published by Butterworth-Heinemann *
  • Video Engineering, 3rd Ed. – by Arch C. Luther and Andrew F. Inglis, published by McGraw-Hill

SBE University – Online, On-demand Courses

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National Association of Broadcasters

  • NAB Engineering Handbook – updated periodically by the National Association of Broadcasters
  • NAB Legal Guide to Broadcast Law & Regulation, 3rd Edition – published by the National Association of Broadcasters
  • Engineering Conference Proceedings – published by the National Association of Broadcasters

Federal Communications Commission

  • FCC Rules, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 (Telecommunications), Parts 11, 17, 25, 73, 74, 76, 78, 101 these can be referenced at
  • FCC Office of Science & Technology Bulletin No. 65, “Evaluating Compliance with FCC-specified Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation”

Current Periodicals

Such as:

Equipment Manufacturers Instruction Manuals

From such companies as:

  • Broadcast Electronics
  • Agilent (Hewlett Packard)
  • Tektronix
  • Nautel
  • Sony
  • Aphex Systems
  • Harris
  • Envision
  • ERI
  • Rhode Swartz
  • Dielectric
  • Axcera
  • Rane
  • Meranda

Handbooks of Recommended Standards and Procedures

Published by:

  • The International Teleproduction Society
  • IEEE
  • ATSC