What is a ‘Subject Matter Expert’?

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P Hopkins, Phil Hopkins Ltd., Whitley Bay, UK.
M Unger, Rosen Group, Stans, Switzerland (munger@rosen-group.com).


Most industries have ‘subject matter experts’ – an authority in a specific topic, with deep knowledge of that topic. An ‘SME’ will be a specialist in specific competencies; therefore, they can advise in these competency areas, detail the key elements of these competencies, and also assess staff to determine if they meet these competencies.

In the engineering world these specialists are usually referred to as a subject matter expert or a ‘competent person’.  This short article defines and describes a subject matter expert.