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Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE®) and

Certified Senior Television Engineer (CSTE®)

CSRE and CSTE Application  (fillable form)

The candidate for Certified Senior Radio Engineer or Certified Senior Television Engineer must have 10 years of responsible broadcast engineering or related technology experience.

Substitution of broadcast engineering, or education in related technologies, for experience may be made in the qualifications 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 years of experience and education which are concurrent.

The certified senior engineer exam: Exams are three hours and consist of 50 multiple-choice questions relating to either AM/FM or TV, covering the equivalent of 10 years experience at a responsible level. 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 will be selected for each designation. Each essay question is worth 20 points. The Senior Broadcast Engineer multiple-choice examination will consist of questions on:

  • operating practices
  • safety
  • theory
  • problems
  • supervision and management

NOTE: The Certified Senior Engineer certificate will carry space for a special designation in either AM/FM or TV. The candidate may take the Senior Broadcast Engineer examination by meeting the experience requirement either in AM/FM or TV or in both fields of specialization. Satisfactory passing of one or more of these classes will permit the person to attach the respective designation(s) to the certificate. Designations will be by examination only.

***How is the essay question assigned, administered and graded? Read the attached SBE Signal article for a review of this process.

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