SBE Certification Program

The Certification Program is a service of SBE contributing to the advancement of broadcast engineering for the general benefit of the entire broadcast industry.

In 1975, SBE established a Certification Program to recognize and raise the professional status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence. Through the years, it has become recognized in the industry as the primary method of verifying the attainment of educational standards. In 2003, SBE’s Certification Program was recognized by the National Skill Standards Board. NSSB Certification Recognition promotes quality assurance in the certification marketplace and provides national recognition for certifications that meet the quality benchmarks. With the industry constantly changing, the SBE-certified engineer must keep up with those changes.

From the certified operator to the Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, SBE has a certification for every broadcast engineer and technician. To learn about the different kinds of certification, go to the "Certification Levels" section. You may also download a printable overview of SBE certification and membership here (PDF).

Program Objectives  

To raise the status of broadcast engineers by providing standards of professional competence in the practice of broadcast engineering and related technologies.
To recognize those individuals who, by fulfilling the requirements of knowledge, experience, responsibility and conduct, meet those standards of professional competence.
To encourage broadcast engineers to continue their professional development.
For more information about SBE Certification in Southeast Wisconsin, contact Chapter 28 Certification Chair Rick Ryan at 414-305-9374 or, or contact Megan Clappe, Certification Director at the SBE National Office at (317) 846-9000 or

Chapter 28 Reimbursement Program

Chapter 28 members who take and pass a new level of certification, may qualify for reimbursement for the application fee.  The requirements for reimbursement are as follows: 

Each year, account balance permitting, Chapter 28 will reimburse half the application fee to any member of Chapter 28 in good standing who successfully obtains any SBE certification level not previously held by that member.

Recertification of a currently held certification will not be included in this program.  Only new certification levels for a member will be reimbursed.

Only one reimbursement per member will be allowed during a given calendar year. 

The Chapter will limit the number of approved applications to ten a year.

Reimbursement for half the cost of a given exam will be provided to the member upon presentation of a congratulatory letter from the National Office indicating exam passage and the filing the application form available on the SBE Chapter 28 web site (  This letter and application should be forwarded to the Chapter Chair to begin the reimbursement process (if the Chapter Chair wishes to apply for this reimbursement, another officer will review the application and letter for reimbursement).

Approved reimbursements will be sent in the form of a check sent from the Treasurer of Chapter 28.

SBE Chapter 28 Officers reserve the right to deny any reimbursement that doesn't meet the stated guidelines.

Each slate of newly elected officers may review this program and determine whether they desire to continue this certification reimbursement program. SBE Chapter 28 Officers reserve the right to terminate or change the guidelines of this program at any point they deem necessary.