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The Public Radio Engineering Training Program is an effort to preserve and update technical skills that are crucial to maintaining public radio station operations. These skills are at risk of being lost as many current Radio-trained engineers move closer to retirement without a sufficient number of qualified individuals to take their places. The program offers station personnel interested in pursuing a career in Radio engineering a pathway to skills accreditation.

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Levels of Certification and Details
  • Certified Public Radio Operator
  • Certified Public Radio Technologist
  • Certified Public Radio Engineer

Certified Public Radio Operator

The Public Radio Operator certification is evidence of an individual’s qualifications to serve as an operator at a radio broadcast station. This entry-level credential indicates that the holder has acquired the basic knowledge to operate a radio station and comply with FCC rules and regulations.

Total cost includes: Course; study materials; SBE exam fee; NAB and PREC conference registrations; one-year SBE membership; customized NAB guide

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Requirements Description
Obtain SBE Radio Operator Certification by passing the SBE Certified Radio or Television Operator Exam. *Exams consist of 50 multiple-choice questions based entirely on the material the handbook listed below.
 
*Exam questions cover essentially the same material as the questions in the sample exam found in the back of each handbook. Passing score for the exam is 90%.
Obtain GVF Basic Satcom Professional Certification

* Certification exam for basic-level operators of mobile or fixed earth stations used for uplinks of audio/video or other continuous carriers with manually-operated antenna pointing, RF equipment, and modulators.

*Online, self-paced exam.

Course/Study Material Description
Certification Handbook for Radio Operators, 2nd Ed. *Book covers the general responsibilities of a radio operator including professional etiquette, management structure, station operations, FCC rules, and a typical radio station technical layout.
GVF 510 - Core Skills for VSAT Professionals

*Critical skills required for fixed VSAT professionals, focusing on accurate antenna alignment and prevention of major sources of uplink interference. Includes advanced interactive 3-D simulations

*Online, self-paced, interactive

National Conferences Description

NAB Conference Registration

Includes exhibits pass + session 3-pack
PREC Conference Registration Includes presentations and meals
Memberships Description
SBE Member Plus (one-year) Includes access to the entire archived catalogue of SBE educational webinars and all new webinars produced during the membership year.
   
Total cost $1,700

 

Certified Public Radio Technologist*

The Public Radio Technologist certification is evidence of an individual’s qualifications to set up, operate, and maintain radio station equipment, such as transmitters, terrestrial and satellite antenna systems, studio consoles, microphones, audio codecs and test equipment. This mid-level credential also indicates that the holder has a working knowledge of FCC rules and regulations.

*Prerequisite: Public Radio Operator Certificate

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Requirements Description
Obtain SBE Broadcast Technologist Certification by passing the SBE Certified Broadcast Technologist Exam.

*Exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM or FM radio.

*The  examination includes questions on:
- Electronic fundamentals
- FCC rules pertaining to operating tolerances safety

Course/Refernce Material Description
Introduction to AM Antenna Systems This course covers every facet of AM antenna systems, dealing with each element or variation separately and pulling the elements together to show how they are used in concert.
Introduction to FM Transmission Systems The course covers the proper design, installation and maintenance of an FM transmission system.
National Association of Broadcasters Handbook The handbook provides in-depth information about each aspect of the broadcast chain from audio and video contribution through an entire broadcast facility all the way to the antenna. Topics include Ultra High Definition Television, Internet Radio Interfacing and Streaming, ATSC 3.0, Digital Audio Compression Techniques, Digital Television Audio Loudness Management, and Video Format and Standards Conversion. Important updates have been made to incumbent topics such as AM, Shortwave, FM and Television Transmitting Systems, and Principles of Acoustics.
A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 4th Edition The book provides a comprehensive primer of television, radio, and digital media relating to broadcast engineering. It covers topics such as DTV, IBOC, HD, standards, video servers, editing and electronic newsrooms.
Audio Over IP: Building Pro AoIP Systems with Livewire 1st Edition The book covers IP network engineering as it applies to audio applications, and provides a full understanding of how equipment built on Ethernet and Internet Protocol is used in audio production and broadcast facilities for the transporting, mixing and processing of pro-quality audio. A chapter on integrating Voice-over IP telephony (VoIP) to pro-audio and broadcast facilities is also included.
Electronics Pocket Handbook, 3rd Ed. This book contains all the component data, formulas, standards, symbols and codes commonly used in electronics; plus it has an extensive dictionary of computer and electronics terms. It also covers topics as diverse as wire tables, radio frequency assignments, computing, batteries, and winding resistance.
Optional: National Conferences Description

NAB Conference Registration

Includes exhibits pass + session 3-pack
PREC Conference Registration Includes presentations and meals
   
Total cost $1,400 SBE Member   |   $1,700 Non-member

 

Certified Public Radio Engineer*

The Public Radio Engineer certification is an advanced-level credential and evidence of an individual’s qualifications to set up, operate, and maintain radio station equipment, such as FM and AM transmitters, terrestrial and satellite antenna systems, as well as studio and test equipment. Specialized knowledge is also needed to ensure that the station is in compliance with FCC rules and regulations.

*Prerequisites: Public Radio Technologist Certificate or five years RF engineering experience.

» Click here to fill out the application form. (Download the file to your computer to fill-out and submit electronically)

 

Requirements Description
Obtain SBE Broadcast Radio Engineer Certification by passing the SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer Exam.

*50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM/FM radio, covering the equivalent of five (5) years experience.

*The  examination includes questions on:
    - safety
    - problems: electronic and practical operating practices
    - theory

Course/Study Material Description
Introduction to AM Antenna Systems This course covers every facet of AM antenna systems, dealing with each element or variation separately and pulling the elements together to show how they are used in concert.
Introduction to FM Transmission Systems The course covers the proper design, installation and maintenance of an FM transmission system.
National Association of Broadcasters Handbook The handbook provides in-depth information about each aspect of the broadcast chain from audio and video contribution through an entire broadcast facility all the way to the antenna. Topics include Ultra High Definition Television, Internet Radio Interfacing and Streaming, ATSC 3.0, Digital Audio Compression Techniques, Digital Television Audio Loudness Management, and Video Format and Standards Conversion. Important updates have been made to incumbent topics such as AM, Shortwave, FM and Television Transmitting Systems, and Principles of Acoustics.
A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers, 4th Edition The book provides a comprehensive primer of television, radio, and digital media relating to broadcast engineering. It covers topics such as DTV, IBOC, HD, standards, video servers, editing and electronic newsrooms.
Audio Over IP: Building Pro AoIP Systems with Livewire 1st Edition The book covers IP network engineering as it applies to audio applications, and provides a full understanding of how equipment built on Ethernet and Internet Protocol is used in audio production and broadcast facilities for the transporting, mixing and processing of pro-quality audio. A chapter on integrating Voice-over IP telephony (VoIP) to pro-audio and broadcast facilities is also included.
Electronics Pocket Handbook, 3rd Ed. This book contains all the component data, formulas, standards, symbols and codes commonly used in electronics; plus it has an extensive dictionary of computer and electronics terms. It also covers topics as diverse as wire tables, radio frequency assignments, computing, batteries, and winding resistance.
Optional: National Conferences Description

NAB Conference Registration

Includes exhibits pass + session 3-pack
PREC Conference Registration Includes presentations and meals
   
Total cost $1,400 SBE Member   |   $1,700 Non-member