Certification Update: Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) Now Available

February 26, 2013

These days, in Broadcasting and related Fields the need for a workable understanding of
internet/intranet things is essential. SBE has a new certification that tests your proficiency in the
IT area. Preparing for the test is a GREAT way to challenge your total understanding of the subject.


The candidate for Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) must have five (5) years of suitable experience in broadcast engineering or related technology and must achieve a passing grade on the proficiency examination.  Substitution of broadcast engineering, or education in related technologies, for experience may be made as follows:

  • A state registered Professional Engineer’s license will count as four (4) years experience for all levels of certification.
  • A Bachelor Degree will count as four (4) years experience.
  • An Associate Degree will count as two (2) years experience.
  • Years of related accredited education, i.e., military, correspondence, etc. can be substituted, year for year, up to four (4) years.

Applicant will not receive dual credit for concurrent years of experience and education.
The Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer exam: Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-
choice questions Each exam is computer-selected from a pool of questions, and every exam is unique.
Each question is worth two (2) points. One essay-type question is selected specifically for each applicant,
based on their reported background and training. Each essay question is worth 20 points.
Some of the general areas of emphasis on the CBNE will be:

Audio/Video over IP for Broadcast

  • Routing approaches
  • IP address management
  • UDP and TCP
  • Unicast/Multicast
  • Utilizing VPNs
  • QOS and Packet Loss and Jitter
  • IPv6
  • Wireless transmission performance issues

Digital Content Management

  • SMPTE/EBU Metadata framework
  • General Metadata wrappers
  • Process of MAM (Media asset management)
  • Content management
  • Digital Rights management

Video Systems in an IT World

  • Networked Media
  • Basics of File-Based Workflows
  • Storage and play-out systems as optimized for video
  • Large scale backup strategies
  • Database connectivity (ODBC)
  • High-Availability Design and Architecture
  • SDI

Data Transmission Systems and Practices

  • OSI layers
  • IP Address Assignment
  • DS and OC System data rates and service options

General PC Hardware, interconnection, and backup

  • Hard Drive Types and Applications
  • MAC Addresses and NICs
  • Categories of interconnection wiring
  • UTP and STP, Fiber Optic systems
  • System Fault Tolerance, RAID, SAN, NAS
  • UPS Systems
The CBNE does not replace the Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT) certification or exam. The CBNT is a very relevant certification for entry-level individuals working in a broadcast computer-networking environment. The CBNE is an advanced level certification and therefore the content is more complex. This exam is directed to those in the broadcast engineering field who work intimately with computer networking.

SBE Certification exam dates can be found here

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