›› Home ›› Certification

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 Titles marked with an asterisk (*) are currently out of print; however, this does not mean they are out-of-date or unavailable through some booksellers or libraries.

SBE University - On-line, on-demand courses

On-line terminology help

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 www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
  • FCC Office of Science & Technology Bulletin No. 65, “Evaluating Compliance with FCC-specified Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation”

Current Periodicals

Such as:

  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Radio
  • Radio World - Certification Corner
  • Radio World Engineering Extra
  • Radio World Newspaper
  • SMPTE Journal
  • TV Technology
  • Video Systems

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