CAD, CAM, & BIM
Oct 18 2019
There are nearly 4 million SOLIDWORKS users worldwide and just over 386,000 of those users hold a SOLIDWORKS Certification. In other words, only about 1% of users are certified in SOLIDWORKS. Being a part of this 1% can be a great way to earn a job, promotion, or raise. As an added bonus, getting certified in SOLIDWORKS will help ensure that you’re trained in the most efficient design practices.
In this article, we answer:
The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate — more commonly known as the CSWA — is the first of three SOLIDWORKS Certification levels. The other two levels are the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) and the Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE).
The CSWA is the most common SOLIDWORKS certification for high school students, postsecondary students, and entry-level engineering design professionals. However, any SOLIDWORKS user can take the CSWA exam.
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No, you don’t have to apply to take the CSWA exam. SOLIDWORKS doesn’t place any restrictions on who can or can’t take the exam. You simply have to download the test software and have access to a SOLIDWORKS license.
In order to take the CSWA exam, you must download the test software on your computer. Follow the steps below when you’re ready to get started.
Test takers have three hours to complete the CSWA exam. You can’t pause the exam at any point, so you’ll need to make sure you can take the exam when you have three uninterrupted hours available.
The CSWA exam includes 14 questions that are worth a total of 240 points. The exam is broken down into three topics: part modeling, assembly modeling, and drafting. You need to get a 70% on the CSWA exam to become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate.
The CSWA exam costs $99 USD. However, there are a few ways you can take the exam for free. Check with your employer or school to see if they were given free vouchers with the purchase of their SOLIDWORKS license.
Yes, you can retake the exam if you don’t pass with a score of 70% or higher. However, you’ll need to wait a minimum of 14 days before you make another attempt. There isn’t a limit on the number of attempts you can make; however, each exam costs $99. You’ll want to prepare for the CSWA exam the first time around so you don’t have to keep purchasing the test.
All SOLIDWORKS Certification exams are on-demand, so you can take the CSWA exam wherever and whenever you’d like. Unlike other software certs, you don’t have to schedule a time to take the exam at a testing center.
The CSWA exam covers three categories: part modeling, assembly modeling, and drafting. In order to pass the CSWA exam, you’ll need to be proficient in the following skills:
The primary difference between the CSWA – Academic exam and the regular CSWA exam is that SOLIDWORKS allows the CSWA – Academic exam to be taken in two separate sessions rather than one, three-hour period. The CSWA – Academic exam should be proctored by an instructor during a designated time. It can’t be purchased online and only schools have access to this test.
No, SOLIDWORKS Certifications never expire. However, your certification might not be the resume-booster you’d like it to be if you earned it back in 2001. SOLIDWORKS updates its software each year, so as the interface, tools, and best practices evolve, many people choose to retake certification exams so their skill set is up-to-date.
The best way to prepare for the CSWA exam is to get comfortable with the material through hands-on practice. There are a few great ways to get started:
SolidProfessor offers an on-demand, expert-led CSWA Exam Prep Course to help you prepare for the CSWA exam with tutorials, practice exercises, and a practice exam. Plus, after you complete the course, we’ll send you a free CSWA exam voucher ($99 value). Sign up for SolidProfessor today and get started.
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