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 Email: CPOST.email@example.com Fax: (916) 255-1099 Please contact CPOST Staff at (916) 255-1089 or email CPOST.Mailbox@cdcr.ca.gov to request a Subject Matter Expert Application.