A Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional is an individual who has successfully passed our advanced skills examination.

Each CSWP has proven their ability to design and analyze parametric parts and moveable assemblies using a variety of complex features in SOLIDWORKS software.

Recommended Training Courses:
SOLIDWORKS Essentials, SOLIDWORKS Drawings, Advanced Part Modeling, and Advanced Assembly Modeling.

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.

The current release of the CSWP Exam has been broken down into three seperate segments. This new system means you no longer have to set aside a block of time to take the entire exam in one sitting. The segmented exam allows you to take each segment at any time, and in any order, and if you choose you can take all three in a row. Once you pass a segment, you will not have to take it again. If you fail a segment, you will be able to purchase just that segment and take it again. Once all three segments have been successfully completed, you will automatically receive your CSWP Certification.

Exam Length: 3 hours 30 minutes (All segments total)

Minimum Passing grade: 75% in each segment

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

All candidates receive electronic certificates, business card logos, and personal listing on CSWP directory* when they pass.

Exam features hands-on challenges in these areas:

Segment 1: (90 Minutes)

  • Creating a part from a drawing

  • Using linked dimensions and equations to aid in modeling

  • Using equations to relate dimensions

  • Updating parameters and dimension sizes

  • Mass property analysis

  • Modifying geometry on initial part to create a more complex part

  • Modifying parameters on the part at different stages while maintaining all other dimensions and design intent

Segment 2: (40 Minutes)

  • Creating configurations from other configurations

  • Changing configurations

  • Creation of configurations using a Design Table

  • Mass properties

  • Changing and/or rearranging features of an existing SOLIDWORKS part

Note: Excel should be installed on the computer you are running SOLIDWORKS to ensure that your Design Table functionality works properly for the exam.

Segment 3: (80 Minutes)

  • Creating an assembly

  • Adding parts to an assembly

  • Doing collision detection when moving a part in an assembly

  • Interference detection

  • Basic and advanced mates

  • Rigid and Flexible subassemblies

  • Replacing a part with another part in an assembly

  • Creating a coordinate system

  • Using a coordinate system to perform mass properties analysis

Standard SOLIDWORKS tools that may be covered in the exam include:

  • 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

  • Draft

  • Shell

  • Hole Wizard

  • Linear, circular, and fill patterns

  • Linked dimensions

  • Equations

  • Mirror

  • Dimensions

  • Feature conditions – start and end

  • Multi-body parts

  • Rib

  • Feature scope

  • Mass properties

  • Move/Delete face

  • Materials

  • Restraints

  • Inserting components - new and existing

  • Standard mates and advanced mates

  • Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references

  • In-context features

  • Interference detection

  • Suppression states

  • Move/Rotate component

  • Assembly features

  • Collision detection in an assembly

  • External references

  • Design tables

  • Dimensions and model items

*This option must be set in your online certification account to show up in the directory.

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