Advanced IP Networking Workshop and Certification Exams at GLBC

As part of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in May, a special day-long workshop on advanced IP-based networking technology in an Ethernet environment will be conducted by Wayne Pecena, noted educator and assistant director of information technology at Texas Tech University. SBE Chapter 91 the following morning will conduct a special certification exam session for the Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist and Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer exams only.

The workshop is Monday, May 2, from 10 am to 4 pm and the exams are on Tuesday morning, May 3. The CBNT exam is 50 multiple choice questions and has no pre-requisite or experience requirement. The CBNE exam requires five years’ experience and consists of 50 multiple choice questions followed by an essay question. Both exams are open-book using approved texts, except for the CBNE essay, and a three-hour time limit is allowed.

The exam session is open to both SBE members and non-members. The application deadline is April 1.

The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference brings together broadcasters and professionals from across Michigan and the midwest. Conference registration includes educational sessions and lunch, and a no-cost exhibit hall pass is available.

Certification exam dates for 2016

SBE Headquarters has announced local chapter certification exam dates and application deadlines through 2016. They are:

  • November 6-16, 2015 – Application deadline October 2, 2015
  • February 5-15, 2016 – Deadline December 31, 2015
  • June 3-13, 2016 – Deadline April 15, 2016
  • August 5-15, 2016 – Deadline June 3, 2016
  • November 4-20, 2016 – Deadline September 30, 2016

In addition, exams will be given at the AES Convention in New York City on November 1, 2015 (deadline October 2), and at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas on April 19, 2016 (deadline March 18).

For more information on certification, visit the SBE Certification webpage.

ATSC Webinar

Dr. Richard Chernock, chief science officer at Triveni Digital, will present ATSC
3.0 on Thursday, February 19 at 2 p.m. ET. This SBE webinar will provide an overview
of the status of the ATSC 3.0 activity from a technical point of view as well as the anticipated time schedule.

ATSC 3.0 is a suite of new standards and practices for the next  generation of broadcast
television – a system that will provide even more services to viewers, but will also require a clean break from the  technologies of earlier-generation DTV systems. The system  requirements include a call for a flexible and more efficient physical layer, mobility, Ultra-High Definition (UHD) images, new solutions for audio, incorporation of new user technologies such as second screen, and incorporation of broadband connectivity. ATSC 3.0 represents a cooperative effort between all segments of the industry and many parts of the world.

Dr. Chernock is active in ATSC standards committees, particularly in the  areas of future DTV, monitoring, metadata and data broadcast. He is chairman of the ATSC Technology Group on ATSC 3.0 (TG3) and chairs the AHG on service delivery and synchronization for ATSC 3.0. He was previously chairman of the ATSC Technology and Standards Group (TG1). In his role with Triveni  Digital, Chernock is developing strategic directions for monitoring, content distribution and metadata management for emerging digital television systems and infrastructures.

Registration fee for the webinar is $49 for SBE members. The fee for non-members is $80. Register online or call the SBE national office at 317-846-9000. Completion of this webinar qualifies for one credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

Certification exam dates for 2015

Here are the exam windows and application deadlines for local chapter SBE certification exams for 2015:

  • February 6-16, 2015 – Applications are closed
  • June 5-15, 2015 – Deadline April 10
  • August 7-17, 2015 – Deadline June 5
  • November 6-16, 2015 – Deadline October 2

Additionally, exams will be given at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas on April 14. The deadline to apply is March 20.

For more information on certification, visit the SBE Certification webpage.