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Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Certification - CSWA

The Alignex Team on January 9, 2020 at 11:30 AM

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One of the many great things SOLIDWORKS offers it's customers is the ability to prove their technical know-how through a wide variety of certifications. Obtaining a SOLIDWORKS certification proves that you have what it takes to get the job done. Whether trying to advance at your current position or looking for a new one, having a SOLIDWORKS Certification on your resume will help you get where you need to go.

In this blog post we will cover all you need to know and prepare for the first SOLIDWORKS Certification, the CSWA.

Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Certification - CSWA

Recommended Training Courses:
SOLIDWORKS Tutorials
SOLIDWORKS Essentials
CSWA Exam Prep Course (Must have a MySolidWorks account to access)

Note: You must use at least SOLIDWORKS 2011 for this exam. Any use of a previous version will result in the inability to open some of the testing files.

Sample CSWA Exam

Exam Length: 3 hours

Minimum Passing grade: 70%

Re-test Policy: There is a minimum 14 day waiting period between every attempt of the CSWA exam. Also, a CSWA exam credit must be purchased for each exam attempt.

All candidates receive electronic certificates and personal listing on the CSWA directory* when they pass.

Ultimate Guide to SOLIDWORKS Certification - CSWA

Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas:

  • Sketch entities - lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, centerlines
  • Sketch tools - offset, convert, trim
  • Sketch relations
  • Boss and cut features - extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts
  • Fillets and chamfers
  • Linear, circular, and fill patterns
  • Dimensions
  • Feature conditions – start and end
  • Mass properties
  • Materials
  • Inserting components
  • Standard mates - coincident, parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric, distance, angle
  • Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references
  • Drawing views
  • Annotations



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