Solidwork Certification

SOLIDWORKS CERTIFICATION

As one of the most widely used MCAD packages SOLIDWORKS is an excellent example of how certification can distinguish a standout designer or design engineer from the rest of the crowd. Dassault Systems currently offers 13 different certification exams covering skill levels from associate to expert and several advanced topic exams (Surfacing, Elements, Mold Tools, Sheet Metal and Drawing Tools) that single out skillsets.
Though Dassault maintains a wide range of tests that cover skill levels from beginner to expert, the three most import exams are the Associate, Professional and Expert exams (the last also requires passing four of the five individual advanced topic exams).

A few popular solidworks certifications include:

• CSWA: Certified solidworks associate
• CSWP: Certified solidworks professionals
• CSWPA: Certified solidworks professionals advanced
    Sheet metal
    Weldments
    Surfacing
    Mold tools
    Drawing tools
• CSWE: Certified solidworks expert
• CEPA: Certified enterprise PDM administrator

THE CSWP CERTIFICATION:

* SOLIDWORKS certifications are a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software. A certification helps you stand out from the crowd and showcases your expertise to businesses and professionals alike a valuable asset in a competitive job market.
* When a user feels that their professional career could be enhanced with a higher level of CAD certification, Dassault offers the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional program (CSWP). Over the course of 3.5 hours, the CSWP exam tests your ability to create parts from drawings; edit equations, parameters and feature order and create assemblies, among a variety of other skills.

THE CSWE CERTIFICATION:

* A Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert is someone who easily demonstrates the ability to utilize advanced functions and features to solve complex modelling challenges. * Finally, the most daunting test in the SOLIDWORKS certification program is the Expert exam (CSWE). To achieve the level of SOLIDWORKS Expert, users must have already obtained a CSWP certification and have also completed four of the five individual advanced topics exams.

THE CSWA CERTIFICATION:

* The CSWA certification is proof of your SOLIDWORKS® expertise with cutting-edge skills that businesses seek out and reward.
* The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate - Simulation (CSWA-S) certification indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of demonstrating an understanding in the principles of stress analysis and the Finite Element Method (FEM).
* Associate - Academic (CSWA - Academic), students will demonstrate their expertise with SOLIDWORKS 3D solid modelling software, design concepts, and sustainable design, giving them a competitive edge in today's job market. As a Certified SOLIDWORKS.

What’s Certification Mean in the Real World?

* With SOLIDWORKS offering opportunities to validate your CAD skills across the entire trajectory of your career, one might wonder whether certification translates into a higher salary, more job opportunities or even just the comfort of job security. While SOLIDWORKS does not research users’ employability or salaries before and after testing, Puckett offers Disney as an example of a company that places quite an emphasis on SOLIDWORKS and certification.
* Disney Parks and Resorts is one of SOLIDWORKS’ showcase customers. According to those who do the hiring over at Disney, SOLIDWORKS certification won’t necessarily guarantee you a job, but it will land you an interview. In a competitive job market where engineers and CAD techs are vying for the most interesting and cutting edge jobs, getting your foot in the door at a company that’s as innovative as Disney says a lot about the certification exams.
* Though I’ve outlined the value that SOLIDWORKS certification, or for that matter, any CAD certification provides, there will still be cynical engineers out there arguing that certification programs amount to nothing more than a revenue stream that provides little to the end user.

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