A Certified Enterprise PDM Administrator (CEPA) is an individual who has successfully passed an advanced examination in SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM administration skills and is ready to manage a SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM implementation on behalf of his or her company.

Once SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM has been deployed within an organization, it must be properly maintained by qualified individuals who will be responsible for daily maintenance tasks and for any subsequent configuration changes. By assigning a CEPA qualified individual to this task, employers can be confident that their site is being managed by an individual with proven skills in administrating SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM.


Recommended Training:
SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM Administration Class
Basic knowledge of Project Management, gained through online training or by attending a local institute


Prerequisites Needed To Take The CEPA Exam:
Software: SOLIDWORKS 2012 (or later released version) and SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM 2012 (or later released version)
Access and Privileges checklist:
Login and Passwords to Archive and SQL Servers (including SQL sa password)
Internet access
Ability to create vault
Ability to add new users

Exam Description And Sample Exam


Exam Length: 2 Hours

Minimum Passing Grade: 70%

Re-test Policy: There is a minimum 30 day waiting period between every attempt of the CEPA exam. Also, a CEPA exam credit must be purchased for each exam attempt.

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


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

  • Vault creation and configuration
  • Basic Vaulting operations (Add Users, Change Permissions, Check I/O, etc.)
  • Modifications to Data Cards and Variables
  • Workflow Manipulation
  • Troubleshooting (this may include inadvertent mistakes like typos)


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

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