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  Title What is a ‘subject-matter expert’?
  Author(s) Dr Phil Hopkins and Michelle Unger  
  Abstract 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.

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