National Credential
Credential: Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc (SBE)

The SBE Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) is an advanced-career level radio broadcasting engineer credential. CSRE candidates must have 10 years of responsible broadcast engineering or related technology experience. Broadcast engineers work in teams; other professionals on a team include producers, studio managers, presenters, and technical staff.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25V Combat Documentation/Production Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Warrant Officer 352N Signals Intelligence Analysis Technician WOMOS other        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 10 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc (SBE)
9102 North Meridian Street
Ste. 150
Indianapolis, IN  46260
Phone: (317) 846-9000
Fax: (317) 846-9120

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)

Certified Senior Broadcast Radio Engineer candidates must have ten (10) 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:

  • State PE License - A state registered Professional Engineer's license equals 4 years of experience.
  • BA/BS Degree - A Bachelor Degree equals 4 years of experience.
  • AS/ABA/ABS - Associate Degree equals 2 years of experience.
  • Other advanced training and education - Years of related accredited education, i.e., military, correspondence, etc. can be substituted, year-for-year, up to four (4) years of experience.

Note, applicant will not receive dual credit for concurrent years of experience and education.

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)

  • Operating Practices
  • Safety
  • Theory
  • Problems
  • Supervision and Management

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) credential has the following recertification information:

SBE Certification is valid for a period of five years. CSREs must participate in the SBE Maintenance of Certification Program which includes: 
  • completing the SBE Application for Recertification,
  • submitting proof of earning 20 CEUs on the SBE Recertification by Professional Credits form, or by taking the exam, and
  • paying a fee.

Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE)

Additional considerations for the Certified Senior Radio Engineer (CSRE) include:

  • Individuals interested in applying for an SBE Radio Engineer certification with fewer than 10 years of experience may consider applying for SBE credentials such as–
    • Certified Radio Operator (CRO)
    • Certified Television Operator (CTO)
    • Certified Broadcast Networking Technologist (CBNT)
    • Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT)
    • Certified Audio Engineer (CEA)
    • Certified Video Engineer (CEV)
    • Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer (CBRE)
    • Certified Broadcast Television Engineer (CBTE)
    • Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE)