The full-color SBE membership brochure is available from the SBE National Office
for chapters and members to use to invite people to join the society.
You may apply for individual SBE membership in one of the following categories.
You may qualify as a member if at least one of the following applies to you:
1) You are actively engaged in broadcast engineering or its allied fields.
2) You hold an academic degree in electrical engineering or its equivalent.
3) You have scientific or professional experience in the communications field, including the design or marketing of broadcast related products; have at least four years of active participation in broadcast engineering or its allied fields and have demonstrated acceptable technical proficiency.
Membership Reinstatement: If your membership expired in 2015 or 2016, you can reinstate it using the Online Reinstatement Form. If your membership expired prior to 2015, you can reinstate it by filling out a new membership application.
The Senior Member level is available to those Members with at least five consecutive years of membership in the soicety. They also must have at least 15 years of active participation in broadcast eningeering or its allied fields and have demonstrated professional responsibility in the area of supervision, equipment design, physical plant design, marketing and/or equipment systems integration. There is no cost to upgrade membership to Senior status but there is a simple application to complete.
You may qualify as an associate member if you do not meet the above qualifications of a Member but are actively engaged in the objectives of the society.
You may qualify as a student member if you are actively engaged in the study of broadcast engineering or related fields at a post-secondary institution.
You may qualify as a youth member if you are a high school student who is active in the technical operation of a broadcast station; who is involved in a school club or community organization, such as an amateur radio club, with the purpose of learning about the field of broadcast engineering or who has a general interest in broadcast engineering.
If you have questions and need a quick response, email Scott Jones.
Life Membership is granted to members who have reached full retirement from broadcast engineering, are at least 65 years of age, and have maintained membership in good standing for fifteen or more consecutive years at the time of applying for Life member status. Requirements for life membership, according to the SBE by-laws section 1(g): “Any Member or Fellow in good standing who has retired from broadcast engineering, is at least 65 years of age, and who has been a member in good standing for FIFTEEN (15) or more consecutive years immediately preceding application, may, at his request, be placed on the Life Membership list.” There is a one-time application fee of $82, which must be included with the application.
The SBE Fellow is the highest grade of membership. Elected by the board of directors, Fellow members are recognized for having rendered conspicuous service or having made valuable contributions to the advancement of broadcast engineering or its allied professions. The board considers nominations for Fellow each spring, at their meeting held during the NAB Show. Click here for details on how to nominate candidates for SBE Fellow.
This corporate level of membership is intended for individuals and organizations actively engaged in broadcast engineering, its allied fields and/or the objectives of the society. The benefits of sustaining membership differ from those of individual memberships. Learn More.
A person of outstanding repute and eminence in the art and science of broadcast engineering or any of its allied professions may be elected to Honorary Membership by the board of directors.
Candidates for election to Honorary Membership shall be proposed in writing by a voting member. Such proposal shall include a biography of the candidate and the endorsement of 15 voting members and shall be submitted to the board of directors for consideration. If elected, the candidate shall be notified by the secretary. The board of directors shall confer the Honorary Membership in such a manner as they deem appropriate.
Support the SBE and receive a discount on next year's membership renewal by recruiting a new member during the annual Membership Drive.