Subject Matter Expert (SME) Program

Subject Matter Expert Definition:

A Subject Matter Expert (SME) is an individual who is recognized as exhibiting the highest level of expertise in performing a specialized job, task, or skill within an organization.

The credibility of lesson plans depends on the credibility of the SME. The role of a SME is of vital importance in identifying critical information that must be included in the lesson plan such as:

  • New policies that pertain to the lesson
  • Procedures that pertain to the lesson
  • Updated forms that pertain to the lesson
  • Supplemental documents that pertain to the lesson

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of full-time institutional experience in field of expertise
  • Three years of directly related work experience in the lesson plan subject matter
  • Directly related experience should be current (within the last three years)
  • SME should be of appropriate classification
  • Exemplary service record (no adverse actions in area of expertise)
  • Exemplary service record (no investigations pending)

Additional Qualifying Experience May be Obtained Through:

  • Education (degree or certificate in subject matter)
  • Previous experience as a trainer in subject matter
  • Recognition by the Department as an expert in the subject matter

Interested in Becoming a SME?

  • Determine what/which subject matter would best utilize your expertise
  • Discuss your interest with your direct supervisor
  • Complete the Subject Matter Expert Application and return to CPOST via US mail, email, or fax.

CPOST Contact Information:

10000 Goethe Road Suite B1, Sacramento, CA 95827


Fax: (279) 223-1513


Please contact CPOST Staff at (916) 255-1089 or email to request a Subject Matter Expert Application.