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A subject-matter expert (SME) is a person who is an authority in a particular area or topic. The RFID Professional Institute relies on SMEs to give advice on subjects to be included on the exams, submit topics for potential questions, take draft exams and give us feedback on any questions that need to be edited or removed. SMEs also review our educational and training materials for clarity and accuracy. Being an RFID Professional Institute SME conveys the status of RFID expert.

We are seeking SMEs to contribute to current exams, which are updated regularly, as well as to help develop new exams and review materials. SMEs are appointed based on policies established by the RFID Professional Institute's founding board of directors (see the qualification criteria).  SMEs do not receive any compensation for their participation, and their contribution becomes the intellectual property of the Institute.

Recognition for SMEs includes being listed on the RFID Professional Institute's website, pending full participation in the program. The names of active SMEs will be published on the Institute's website and they will be given a special logo that they can put on their curriculum vitae (résumé) and email signature.

To apply to be an RFID Professional Institute SME, please complete and submit the SME Application Form.


If you are approved, you will need to sign a non-disclosure and intellectual property agreement as set out in our Subject Matter Expert Agreement. This document states that you will not share questions or other confidential Institute information with anyone outside the organization. It helps to ensure the integrity of the exam. The agreement also assigns ownership of all material and ideas submitted by an SME to the Institute.


If you have any questions or comments, please send email to


Thank you for your interest in becoming a subject-matter expert and contributing to the RFID Professional Institute.

SMEs are the lifeblood of any certification body. Without their knowledge, expertise and contribution, it would not be possible to scope out what subject areas to include in the certification, develop the question banks from which examination questions are selected or create authoritative education materials. The Institute relies upon seasoned knowledgeable industry experts to perform the SME role and always needs more SME's to ensure that our certifications cover the appropriate scope, are current and relevant to the RFID community.


View our SME Qualification Guidelines.


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