AWS Certification SME Program

Become an AWS subject matter expert

AWS Certification SMEs

We are searching for qualified SMEs to participate in AWS Certification exam development events. SMEs participate in remote and in-person events that focus on the creation and review of exam content as part of our certification exam development process. At each event, SMEs receive training on relevant certification development tasks. SME activities at AWS Certification workshops may include:

  • Establishing the topics an exam will cover
  • Developing and evaluating exam questions
  • Determining the exam’s passing score

Benefits for AWS Certification SMEs

SMEs from various backgrounds share their unique use cases and lessons learned at exam development workshops. SMEs also have the opportunity to gain insights into AWS services and feature sets. 
Add to your resume/CV and LinkedIn page that you contributed to an industry-recognized program. For Certification events, attend multiple events to earn an SME digital badge. 
Successfully participating in an exam development event gives you the opportunity to earn exclusive SME gear, such as sweatshirts, stickers, AWS Certification exam vouchers, and more. 

How to apply



Complete the program application accurately and as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to indicate your interest in the AWS Certification SME Program.


If you are selected for an exam development opportunity, a team member will email you an invitation with event-specific details.


Take and pass the required AWS Certification Subject Matter Expert (SME) Item Writing course. 



Participate and collaborate with your peers during an event for a chance to earn exclusive SME gear, AWS Certification exam vouchers, and more.

Please note: We maintain a separation between the development of AWS Training and Certification Learning SME materials and AWS Certification content. Anyone who may profit from a specific knowledge of AWS Certification exam content is not allowed to contribute to AWS Certification exam development. This includes trainers, authors, teachers, and individuals who create training content related to AWS Certification exams.