The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Education Programs

The Society of Broadcast Engineers is raising the bar for education in the industry.

The SBE provides more and more relevant, affordable education to its members using various instructional methods. These programs are designed to help broadcast engineers keep up with the ever-changing demands of the job and the industry, help prepare for SBE Certification and qualify for SBE recertification. Click on any of the links below to learn more about these programs.

SBE Education Programs Overview (PDF)


Upcoming Live Webinars

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020
    EAS Basics
    Shane Toven, CBRE, CBNT presents this webinar.  How much do you know about those bursts of data that fire off every week on your station? Do terms like CAP, RWT, RMT, EAN, EAT, EOM, and others make your head spin? Most broadcasters understand the fact that they are legally required by the FCC to install and maintain Emergency Alert System equipment, but what do you need to know in order to ensure compliance with these FCC regulations? This session will cover the basics of what EAS is and isn't, as well as what you need to know in the role of a Chief Operator responsible for monitoring and maintaining the system. We'll focus primarily on radio broadcast applications of EAS, but will touch on television applications as well.  Register Here.
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    AoIP Series, Module 2 - AoIP Basics
    This webinar provides an entry-level understanding of the concept of what Audio Over IP is and how it can be utilized in a modern facility.  This session will cover the different standards, how they can be integrated into modern facilities, and how  they compare to the traditional analog and digital studio systems.  Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92.  Register Here.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    AoIP Series, Module 3 - How AES67 Builds on 15 Years of AoIP Success
    Despite over 10,000 AoIP-based audio consoles working today, and over a half-million AoIP streams in operation at any given time, some aspects of AoIP remain mysterious.  Questions arise such as, "What do I need to understand about IP multicast?," "Can I mix AoIP and other data on my IP network?,"  "What are potential points of failure so I can plan for redundancy?," and "Can I connect facilities together without using IP-audio codecs?"  These and other questions are best answered from a solid comprehension of AoIP fundamentals.  Together we'll learn and review the key concepts in Auido over IP networking so you'll be confident in AoIP network design and configuration. Register Here.
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020
    2020 RF Safety Course
    Stephen Lockwood, senior engineer and partner with Hatfield & Dawson Consulting Engineers, will present.  This course provides an updated overview of RF radiation issues and practices for broadcasters, including: proving compliance at a broadcast site; biological effects of RF radiation and the distinct difference between RF radiation and ionizing radiation; FCC and OSHA regulations - what they are and what you need to do to comply; workplace hazards; transmitter sites; SNG and ENG trucks; remote operations (where new personnel can find problems such as on rooftops); the unique issues at AM stations, RF hazard protection equipment - you may not need it but your contractors probably will; and signs - what they mean and what you need.

    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92.  Register Here.

NOW AVAILABLE
ATSC 3.0 Tutorial Videos from SBE@PBS TechCon 2019

Please note numerically the videos are out of sequence as content was combined appropriately to produce fewer videos.  Thus, the complete series includes Parts 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 and all are now available.

  • Part 1: The Physical Layer
    The fundamentals of transmission change dramatically compared to 8-VSB. Originally, this alone was the motivation for replacing ATSC 1.0. It is the Physical Layer (PHY) that enables single-frequency networks and mobile reception. Beyond OFDM, a bootstrap signal and Physical Layer Pipes (PLPs) empower NextGen over-the-air (OTA) TV to reach receiving devices in an extremely broad set of circumstances and for a multiple of uses. Presenters include Madeleine Noland, Consultant, LG Electronics and President, ATSC; Luke Fay, Senior Manager Technical Standards; Sony Electronics US Technology Standards Office; and Bill Soreth, Senior Systems Development Engineer, Acrodyne Services.
    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92. Register Here.
  • Part 2: Broadcast Regulations
    NextGen regulatory and contractual deployment requirements include simulcasting carriage mandates, program hosting agreement issues for 1.0 and 3.0 stations, government applications and notifications. Meeting these obligations and preserving station cashflow require broadcast engineers to know how far ATSC 1.0 content compression can be pushed and at what cost. Partnering through channel sharing is a big part of broadcasters' deployment plans. Broadcast engineers must provide the technical specifications competently in these legal arrangements.
    Jerry Fritz, Executive Vice President for Strategic and Legal Affairs; ONE Media 3.0 presents.
    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92. Register Here.
  • Part 4: NextGen/ATSC 3.0 Transmitter Conversion
    Converting transmitters and STLs to ATSC 3.0 service and performing the proof-of-performance and acceptance testing are covered by the engineers that build the transmitters. Presenters include Doug Lung, VP Engineering, Telemundo Group; S. Merrill Weiss, President, Merrill Weiss Group; Joe Seccia, Principal Architect, TV Transmission Products; GatesAir; Thomas Barbeau, Vice President of Engineering; Comark Communications; Greg Martin, Account Manager Broadcast & Media; Rhode & Schwarz USA; and William Smith, USA Sales Director, Avateq Corp.
    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92. Register Here.
  • Part 6: NextGen Broadcast/ATSC 3.x Scheduler
    The Gateway, System Scheduler and Manager is the central piece of a NextGen broadcast transmission system that aggregates all the IP content and assigns it to the proper Physical Layer pipes (PLPs), adding low-level signaling, control, announcement and configuration information that becomes the studio transmitter link (STL) stream that in turn feeds the modulator/exciter of the over-the-air (OTA) transmitter. Presenters include Richard Lhermitte, VP, Solutions & Market Development, ENENSYS TeamCast, Inc.; San Jin Yoon, Senior Vice President, DigiCAP; and Jerome Floch, Product Marketing Manager, Enensys.
    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92. Register Here.
  • Part 7: Monitoring and Display
    An ATSC 3.0 station's first piece of NextGen test equipment might be a dongle with an array of analytical and decoding/player/display software. The first home gateways with limited capability and storage are in the prototype stage. All the aspects of monitoring and display are covered in this section. Presenters include Myra Moore, Founder and President, Digital Tech Consulting; Bonnie Beeman, CEO and Founder, Airwavz.tv; Michael Minakami, Koherence, LLC.; Ralph Bachofen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Triveni Digital; Jason Justman, Senior Principal Architect and SinclairDigital; and Joonyoung Park, DigiCAP Co., Ltd..
    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92.  Register Here.
  • Part 8: The NextGen Broadcast Station
    Stations will first focus on transmitting current content via ATSC 3.0, but the service provides new sales opportunities as well. Operationally, an additional transmission system will be monitored in master control, digital and linear workflows meld, and informing becomes important for processing, validating, curating, and archiving information then distributing it on platforms that now include AEI receiver apps.Presenters include Winston Caldwell, Vice President of Advanced Engineering; Fox Networks Engineering and Operations; Jim O'Brien, President, Aveco, Inc.; Tim Carroll, Senior Direcotr Technology, Office of the CTO and Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; and Michael Guthrie, Director, Sales Engineering, Harmonic.
    Members $62, MemberPlus Members FREE and Non Members $92.  Register Here.

On-Demand Webinars

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This three-day course challenges you to refine your leadership skills as you better understand and improve how you interact with others.


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These one-day workshops were created in 1991 through the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust in an effort to bring affordable education to members locally.


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SynAudCon is the business of teaching the technical principles of audio.

Our web-based training courses are designed to give you the information that you need in a way that you can understand it. You will learn the principles to all audio products. You will not just learn how but why. You can spend the lifetime pouring through textbooks learning audio and acoustics but we have done that for you.

We deliver the concepts in a visual and interactive way. We don't just show you the picture, we make the picture move by combining animations, graphics and sound into multimedia demonstrations. We explain highly technical concepts by relating them to principles in everyday life. When math is needed, we use visual interactive calculators.

We have courses for audio practitioners of all experience levels. SynAudCon courses are recognized by most organizations and approved for continuing education units.

SBE members save 10% off any of their courses.


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The SBE offers online project management courses from the Project Management Institute® at a discount to members of the SBE.

Each course integrates text, graphics, interactive exercises, videos, practice exams, web references, readings and more to help learners quickly retain lessons. An “Ask the Expert” feature also provides on-going support, allowing you to ask questions about course content and receive an answer from a subject matter expert within 24 hours.

Participants successfully completing the PMP Exam Prep course earn 35 Professional Development Units and are well prepared for the PMP® certification exam. Or, if you already have your PMP® certification, select from many other online courses and simulations to earn 3.5-25 PDU’s to maintain your certification.


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The Society of Broadcast Engineers works with select industry professionals to participate in the SBE Technical Presenters Group. For a reasonable fee and travel expenses, groups such as state broadcasters associations, broadcasting companies, SBE chapters and others have the opportunity to include one of these presenters in their engineering conferences, or as a trainer for their engineering staff. Speakers from the SBE Technical Presenters Group are generally available to speak across the country. 


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The Certification and Education departments produce a monthly career advancement newsletter. Check out archived issues, where you can find information on SBE Certification, upcoming educational opportunities and more.


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