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Professional Recognition

The SBE Program of Certification offers 11 classifications of professional certification. Many SBE members choose to become certified to help them find and maintain lucrative positions and to enhance their professional development. From the Certified Operator to the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, SBE has a certification for every broadcast engineer and technician.

Educational Opportunities

To help keep broadcast engineers up-to-date on emerging technologies and important industry issues, SBE sponsors Ennes Workshops in cooperation with local SBE chapters.

SBE also offers a Leadership Development Course to train broadcast engineers who have or aspire to have management responsibilities.

Webinars by SBEWebinars by SBE consists of at least one webinar a month on a specific subject of interest to broadcast engineers. You can view the webinar live, or choose to view it from the archives on our website.  

SBE University

SBE University consists of online self-study courses.  As a student, you pick the date, time and location to learn. Now that’s convenience! The cost for these courses are under $100 each for SBE Members (additional cost for non-members). Once you register for the course, you immediately receive a link to the course where you can access it again and again as your schedule permits.

In addition, most local SBE chapters offer educational programs at their monthly chapter meetings.

Training materials are easily within reach with SBE-published books, such as the Radio Chief Operator’s Handbook and the SBE Guide to Writing Broadcast Station Operations Manuals, which can help make your job easier, and certification handbooks to train and test radio and television operators. SBE also offers certification preparation materials, such as sample test software (SBE Cert-Preview) and suggested references to help you prepare for many of the levels of SBE certification.

Industry Links

Whether you’re looking to find or fill a broadcast engineering position, SBE JobsOnline and the SBE ResumeBank should be the first place you go. While any organization can post job openings online or request resumes, only SBE Members can access position details or post their resume profiles online. Similar to the JobsOnline service, the SBE has also created an IntershipsOnline to post and find internships available to aspiring broadcast engineers.

SBE recognizes that more members are contracting their engineering services. If this describes you, SBE can help you promote your services with the Contract & Consulting Engineers Listing posted on the SBE website and printed in the annual Membership Directory & Buyers’ Guide.

Need to do a wireless remote across town or across the country? SBE’s volunteer frequency coordinators facilitate frequency use to minimize interference.

SBE is also committed to representing the interests of the broadcast engineering community before federal agencies, state legislatures and other industry organizations through the work of our FCC Liaison Committee and our General Counsel.

Personal Resources

SBE wants to help you protect yourself. Life, extended care, business and professional
liability insurance programs are available to members at competitive rates. In addition,
a free sample contract is available for contract engineers.

Stay informed on important industry issues and Society news with www.sbe.org; The Signal, SBE’s bimonthly newsletter; HAMnet, a monthly Ham radio broadcast; Short Circuits, a monthly web newsletter; and the annual Membership Directory & Buyers’ Guide.

SBE-news is a twice-monthly brief e-mail for members only that brings current news and information to your desktop. SBE members who provide their e-mail addresses to the National Office are subscribed. Click here to subscribe to SBE-news by sending a request to the National Office.

Save money when it counts. SBE offers discounts on books, car rentals and industry event registrations (including NAB’s Spring Show). Through the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust, SBE also provides scholarships each year for continuing education.

SBE Logos

SBE members may use the official SBE logo to indicate their status as an active member on business cards, personal websites, letterhead, etc.. SBE Chapters may use the official logo on chapter newsletters, websites, meeting report forms, etc. Click here to download the offical logo and for instructions on correct usage.


There are many local SBE chapters around the country where you can connect with fellow broadcast engineers. Regular chapter meetings and special events offer you a chance to expand your technical knowledge through industry presentations, tours and the sharing of practical tips and tricks of your peers. Local chapters are also a place where colleagues can become lifelong friends. When filling out an application, indicate the SBE chapter with which you wish to be affiliated. (If there is no chapter near you, you may still be a member of SBE and receive all the benefits of national membership.)

Whether you meet them at local SBE chapter meetings or regional conventions and conferences, a network of your peers is the greatest resource SBE can offer you.


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