Become a Subject Matter Expert (SME)

We are searching for qualified SMEs to participate in GSDC’s Emerging Technology Certification exam development process. SMEs will develop courseware, syllabus and standards-setting as part of our certification and exam development processes.SME activities may include:

  • Developing Syllabus & Courseware for various Certification courses
  • Establishing the topics an exam will cover
  • Deciding eligibility requirements for exam candidates
  • Developing and evaluating exam questions
  • Determining the exam’s passing score
  • Delivering Webinars and Speaking at various global conferences for GSDC.
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The Importance of GSDC Certification SMEs


The Benefits of GSDC Certification SMEs

Royalty % for each exam sold in Market

GSDC will reward for Royalty % for each successful exam taken by participants for next 3 years and a voucher to take a free live GSDC Certification exam of your choice for you.

Travel and network opportunities

Participate in delivering Webinars, Sessions at various Conference & Summit across globe.

Gain insight and recognition

SMEs gain insights into GSDC services and feature sets. Add to your resume, CV, or LinkedIn page that you contributed to an industry-recognized program.


Steps to Becoming a SME


Complete the form as thoroughly and as accurately as possible. A team member may follow up for more information, if needed. GSDC team will shortlist SME based on your responses. Please note that not all applicants will qualify.


If you are selected as SME, a team member will email you an invitation for next round of discussion.


Next steps will be signing NDA, partnership,Royalty sharing agreement.

Deliver Courseware

SME to deliver Syllabus, Courseware, Question pattern for internal evaluation.


Select Your Subject


FAQ For Becoming SME

There are lots of reasons to become an SME for GSDC. Here are just a few:

  • Network with your colleagues.
  • Earn % Royalty fees for each certification sold at Market.
  • Influence and contribute to the layout and content of GSDC certification programs.
  • Become closely affiliated with widely recognized and respected emblem of excellence within the Emerging technology community.
  • Receive recognition from peers and other industry professionals.
  • Increase your knowledge about certifications, specifically what goes into making the exams.
  • Gain additional industry knowledge

To become an SME, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Significant experience in the certification practice area.
  • Extensive and current knowledge of the certification practice area.

Following are high level of activities involved in becoming SME –

  • Courseware Syllabus Development: SMEs analyze the practice area's job tasks to identify content to be covered by the exam.
  • Assessment Design: SMEs lay out the test content and determine the program's experience criteria.
  • Courseware Item development: SMEs write test questions and develop courseware & any related photos/illustrations and other graphics.
  • Item review: SMEs review and approve exam content.
  • Royalty % is decided based on contribution and courseware module. All payments are made via PayPal on quarterly basis.
  • There is no guaranteed amount towards Royalty. Its purely based on exams sold in global market
  • SME can choose to voluntarily support as well without any Royalty %

Yes. All SMEs are required to sign a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement. This document protects the integrity of GSDC's certification exam and the certification program as a whole. In summary, the agreement states that volunteers will not disclose any exam content to anyone, unless authorized by GSDC.

Yes SME can conduct training program but ensuring that exam content is not disclosed with anyone outside GSDC.

There is no cost associated with becoming SME.

In some cases, GSDC may be able to reimburse SMEs for travel expenses (e.g., airfare and hotel expenses) related to attending in-person meetings.

Typically meetings are held virtual meetings from the comfort of their own homes or offices. Please note: GSDC asks that all SMEs use discretion and ensure that their location is private

Its not mandatory to involve company where SME is working. GSDC encourages companies to support volunteer SMEs by providing the time off from work to attend in-person workshops and virtual meetings, assisting with the travel costs associated with in-person workshops, etc. In some cases, companies have hosted GSDC test development workshops, arranging for meeting spaces, Internet connectivity, meals, and discounted hotel rates for traveling SMEs. While GSDC greatly appreciates organizations that support our volunteer SMEs, we cannot provide specific financial incentives to those companies as it risks a conflict of interest.

Yes. Based on request SME identity can be kept confidential.
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