The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals


Want to obtain SBE Certification? Here are all the forms to submit your application.

Operator Level Certifications

Broadcast Networking Certification

Engineering Level Certifications

Specialist Certifications

Life Certification

Certification Application Procedures

  1. Application forms may be obtained from each of the certification classifications descriptions pages accessed through the main Certification Levels page. They may also be obtained from the Certification Director or the local chapter Certification Chairman. The completed form, with proper fee, may be filed with the Certification Director at any time.
  2. After the Certification Director has determined the application is in order and the prerequisites have been verified, the application will be submitted to the National Certification Committee for action.
  3. The Committee will review the application to determine the examination level for which the applicant is eligible. Those who are judged eligible will be notified of dates, places and times that examinations will be given. The locations and dates for examinations will be determined by the National Certification Committee. Locations will normally be at a local chapter, college, university, technical school, or other suitable place as designated by the Chairman of the Certification Committee. If the candidate is unable to take an exam during the normal exam periods, the candidate may choose to have the exam given at another time, based on the availablity of the proctors. Please contact the Certification Director if you need to set up a custom-proctored exam. If a candidate needs exam adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if the candidate has emergency medical information to discuss, or if the candidate needs special arrangements in the event the testing building must be evacuated, please include information with the application so appropriate facilities can be provided.
  4. Because of the diversity of candidates’ experience, the examinations will contain a suitable choice of questions that are computer-selected from a file of several hundred questions relating to AM, FM and/or TV broadcast engineering. (More details on the examination process are discussed in Taking the Test on the Exam Preparation page.)
  5. The results of the examination will be scored by computer and recorded on the candidate’s application form by the certification director. The senior broadcast engineer, broadcast networking engineer and specialist essay questions will be graded by the National Certification Committee.
  6. Candidates who qualify for Certification will be notified by the Certification Director, and their names will be printed in The Signal, SBE’s bimonthly newsletter. If the candidate fails the examination, he or she may retake it one additional time at the next scheduled testing period by paying a rescheduling fee. Further attempts require submission of a new certification application.

    Decisions may be appealed to the Certification Committee with any additional information the candidate wishes the Committee to consider. A second appeal may be made to the SBE Board of Directors.

  7. The National Certification Committee will report the activities of the Committee to the Board of Directors at each scheduled meeting.

All details of an applicant’s request for certification will be kept confidential. The Society of Broadcast Engineers will not disclose the names of those who fail.

SBE Certification Application Fees

Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
Non-Member Plus Fee
CBT – Certified Broadcast Technologist $59 $144 $234
CBNT – Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist $68 $153 $243
CEA – Certified Audio Engineer $73 $158 $248
CEV – Certified Video Engineer $73 $158 $248
CBRE – Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer $73 $158 $248
CBTE – Certified Broadcast Television Engineer $73 $158 $248
CBNE – Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer $86 $171 $261
CSRE – Certified Senior Radio Engineer $98 $183 $273
CSTE – Certified Senior Television Engineer $98 $183 $273
CPBE – Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer $123 $208 $298
8-VSB – 8-VSB Specialist $68 $153 $243
AMD – AM Directional Specialist $68 $153 $243
ATSC3 – ATSC 3 Specialist $68 $153 $243
DRB – Digital Radio Broadcast Specialist $68 $153 $243
CTO – Certified Television Operator’s Handbook $57    
CRO – Radio Operator’s Certification Handbook $57