CSWP CERTIFICATION

A complete guide to getting your SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification

SOLIDWORKS CSWP Certification Path

Introduction

Welcome to the Professional stage of your SOLIDWORKS certification journey. For the CSWP, you will be required to build complex mechanical parts that can be changed quickly and accurately; adjust and create configurations; and build assemblies with precision in a timely fashion. This is also the first requirement taking you closer towards the level of certified SOLIDWORKS Expert!

 

What is the CSWP?

The Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional is an intermediate skills test to show that a skilled user understands how to build clean prismatic mechanical part models with Design Intent, because they have carefully planned for future revisional changes.  This is the industry standard certification exam that all dedicated SOLIDWORKS users should work towards achieving.

" Simply saying you have multiple years of experience in SOLIDWORKS is not enough, you need to prove that you have a well rounded understanding of all of the tools available in SOLIDWORKS.   This is why we encourage and promote our team members to take Certifications regularly and at minimum achieve their CSWP rapidly after hire."

– – Stephen Wierenga
GoEngineer SOLIDWORKS CSWP Certification Perception Quote

SOLIDWORKS CSWP Certification

What skills may be required to pass the CSWP exam:

  • Sketch entities - Lines, Centerline, Circle, Arc, Rectangle, Slot, Ellipse
  • Sketch tools - Add Relation, Trim, Offset, Convert, Mirror
  • Smart Dimensions
  • Link Values
  • Equations
  • Sketch relations - Coincident, Concentric, Tangent, Parallel, Perpendicular, Equal, Collinear
  • Boss and Cut Features - extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts.
  • Intelligent Feature conditions – Starting and Ending constraints.
  • Delete Face
  • Move Face
  • Rib
  • Hole Wizard
  • Shell with Multi-thickness
  • Draft with Neutral Plane
  • Fillets and Chamfers
  • Linear, Circular, and Fill patterns
  • Multi-body part environment including the use of Feature Scope.
  • Combine- Add, Subtract, or Common
  • Split
  • Reference geometry – Coordinate Systems, Planes, Axis, Mate References
  • Delete/Keep Body
  • Materials - How to assign the correct material to update the parts density.
  • Mass properties - Specifically how to find center of mass from a given coordinate system.
  • Configurations- Adding or modifying
  • Suppression states
  • ‘Configure Feature’ and/or ‘Configure Dimension.’
  • Excel Design tables
  • Inserting components into an assembly.
  • Replace Component
  • Interference detection
  • Move with Collision detection
  • In-context features
  • External references
  • Assembly features
  • Standard Mates - Coincident, Parallel, Perpendicular, Tangent, Concentric, Distance, Angle
  • Advanced Mates – Width, Symmetrical, Limit Distance/Angle, Path
  • Mechanical Mates - Slot Mate, Cam Mate, Gear Mate
  • Rigid vs. Flexible sub-assemblies
  • Annotations

    **There are several iterations of CSWP exam test questions and models, therefore some or all the above skills may be needed; additional skills may be required as this list is not intended to represent every last scenario encountered in all version of test questions and is subject to change when the exam is revised, but you should be able to figure it out as that is what makes you a PROFESSIONAL!**

    How do I prepare for the CSWP?

    Obtaining your Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification (CSWP) will be challenging.  This certification challenges each user in three specific skill areas. First and foremost it tests a user's ability to create moderately challenging prismatic parts that can withstand a series of changes. The second skill set that is required deals with creating and interrogating configurations, which are iterations of the same component in the same file. And lastly, the ability to
    build an assembly accurately in order to derive a correct center of mass based
    on the position of components and the origin.

    According to current SOLIDWORKS records, less than half of all SOLIDWORKS users who attempt the CSWP are successful.  This number is based upon the CSWP segment one statistics, the required score to pass segment one is 75, but the average score is 64.  Those who pass segment one would obviously have to continue and successfully take and pass the additional exam segments 2 and 3.  This number would include users who were not prepared and failed the first time, then finally attended the Official SOLIDWORKS classes and/or studied their training manuals and learned enough to take and pass the Certification exam the second time.  Not to mention the users who passed segment one but never pursued taking the additional exam segments.  All of us here at GoEngineer want to see you succeed!

    Therefore, the first critical step is to enroll in our Official SOLIDWORKS training courses; SOLIDWORKS Essentials, SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Modeling and SOLIDWORKS Advanced Assembly.  As these classes combined will teach and expose you to all the material you can expect to see on your certification exam.  And then, while in class, please be sure to ask the instructor every clarifying question you can think of so that you learn the material inside and out.  Additionally, to help our students pass the CSWP and achieve first-time success, we have compiled the best study materials and online resources.  These include sample exams, tests prep books, online lessons, and videos so you can feel confident in your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and therefore easily pass your CSWP.

     

    Segment 1:  Part Modeling

    During this first segment of the CSWP, you will be tested on your ability to create moderate to complex mechanical parts using some or all of the geometry creation tools. Specifically, these models need to be built in such a manner that they can be changed quickly and easily based upon the required specifications.

    • Sketch entities - Lines, Centerline, Circle, Arc, Rectangle, Slot, Ellipse
    • Sketch tools - Add Relation, Trim, Offset, Convert, Mirror
    • Smart Dimensions
    • Link Values
    • Equations
    • Sketch relations - Coincident, Concentric, Tangent, Parallel, Perpendicular, Equal, Collinear
    • Boss and Cut Features - extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts.
    • Intelligent Feature conditions – Starting and Ending constraints.
    • Delete Face
    • Move Face
    • Rib
    • Hole Wizard
    • Shell with Multi-thickness
    • Draft with Neutral Plane
    • Fillets and Chamfers
    • Linear, Circular, and Fill patterns
    • Multi-body part environment including the use of Feature Scope.
    • Combine- Add, Subtract, or Common
    • Split
    • Delete/Keep Body
    • Reference geometry – Coordinate Systems, Planes, Axis, Mate References
    • Materials - How to assign the correct material to update the parts density.
    • Mass properties - Specifically how to find center of mass from a given coordinate system.

    **There are several iterations of CSWP exam test questions and models, therefore some or all the above skills may be needed; additional skills may be required as this list is not intended to represent every last scenario encountered in all version of test questions and is subject to change when the exam is revised, but you should be able to figure it out as that is what makes you a PROFESSIONAL!**

    Purchase the Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide by David Planchard

    Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide

    by David C. Planchard CSWP & SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    David's book is the official SOLIDWORKS certification guide for the Professional and you can expect to find a complete breakdown of the current CSWP sample available from the Tangix Virtual Tester Client and on the Solidworks.com website. This manual includes chapters that cover all three exam segments, with practice for each skill set that will be needed on the real exam.  Additionally, David shows previous CSWP test questions from past revisions of the CSWP exam to give you an idea of what type of questions you can expect to find on the current exam.

    Purchase the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Techniques Training Manual by David Planchard

    SOLIDWORKS 2019
    Advanced Techniques

    by Paul Tran CSWE, CSWI

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    SolidWorks advanced techniques by Paul Tran, this manual has chapters on advanced topics that includes advanced sweeping and lofting. Additionally, this manual provides some CSWP preparation materials along with another sample exam in, along with other advanced techniques that will help you with daily SolidWorks usage in general.  Finally, all of Paul’s manuals include a Solidworks Quick guide which includes the icons found within the program interface along with a description, as well as a few pages on Customizing SolidWorks toolbars and keyboard shortcuts.

     

    Segment 2:  Configurations

    During this segment of the CSWP certification exam, you will need to investigate the given part models and make adjustments based upon the needed requirements.  Additionally, you will be required to build and change configurations with the supplied models. The procedure in which you create your configurations may include design tables and/or the configure feature/configure dimension tool.

    • Intelligent Feature conditions – Starting and Ending constraints.
    • Delete Face
    • Move Face
    • Rib
    • Hole Wizard
    • Shell with Multi-thickness
    • Draft with Neutral Plane
    • Fillets and Chamfers
    • Linear, Circular, and Fill patterns
    • Multi-body part environment including the use of Feature Scope.
    • Combine- Add, Subtract, or Common
    • Split
    • Delete/Keep Body
    • Reference geometry – Coordinate Systems, Planes, Axis, Mate References
    • Materials - How to assign the correct material to update the parts density.
    • Mass properties - Specifically how to find center of mass from a given coordinate system.
    • Configurations- Adding or modifying
    • Suppression states
    • ‘Configure Feature’ and/or ‘Configure Dimension.’
    • Excel Design tables

    **There are several iterations of CSWP exam test questions and models, therefore some or all the above skills may be needed; additional skills may be required as this list is not intended to represent every last scenario encountered in all version of test questions and is subject to change when the exam is revised, but you should be able to figure it out as that is what makes you a PROFESSIONAL!**

    Purchase the Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide by David Planchard

    Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide

    by David C. Planchard CSWP & SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    David's book is the official SOLIDWORKS certification guide for the Professional and you can expect to find a complete breakdown of the current CSWP sample available from the Tangix Virtual Tester Client and on the Solidworks.com website. This manual includes chapters that cover all three exam segments, with practice for each skill set that will be needed on the real exam.  Additionally, David shows previous CSWP test questions from past revisions of the CSWP exam to give you an idea of what type of questions you can expect to find on the current exam.

    Order SOLIDWORKS 2020 Intermediate Skills by Paul Tran.

    SOLIDWORKS 2020 Intermediate Skills

    by Paul Tran CSWE, CSWI

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    Paul’s book has a section covering Configurations while using Configure Feature and Configure Dimension.  Also, his manual includes chapters for multi-body part design exploration.  Additionally, there is a section covering Top-Down Assembly design and Assembly Motion.  In fact, all of Paul’s Textbooks are great companions to your official SOLIDWORKS training manuals when studying to prepare for your Professional Certifications.


     

    Segment 3:  Assemblies

    During this segment, you will be given parts and instructions on how to assemble them. Then, you will be asked to either measure between faces of different components or provide the center of mass.  Remember to avoid FeatureWorks and altering any materials on the components unless instructed to do so.  Be prepared to mate to sketches, curves, or planes as this may be required.

    • Inserting components into an assembly.
    • Replace Component
    • Interference detection
    • Move with Collision detection
    • In-context features
    • External references
    • Assembly features
    • Standard Mates - Coincident, Parallel, Perpendicular, Tangent, Concentric, Distance, Angle
    • Advanced Mates – Width, Symmetrical, Limit Distance/Angle, Path
    • Mechanical Mates - Slot Mate, Cam Mate, Gear Mate
    • Rigid vs. Flexible sub-assemblies
    • Reference geometry – Coordinate Systems, Planes, Axis, Mate References
    • Materials - How to assign the correct material to update the parts density.
    • Mass properties - Specifically how to find center of mass from a given coordinate system.

    **There are several iterations of CSWP exam test questions and models, therefore some or all the above skills may be needed; additional skills may be required as this list is not intended to represent every last scenario encountered in all version of test questions and is subject to change when the exam is revised, but you should be able to figure it out as that is what makes you a PROFESSIONAL!**

    Purchase the Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide by David Planchard

    Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide

    by David C. Planchard CSWP & SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    David's book is the official SOLIDWORKS certification guide for the Professional and you can expect to find a complete breakdown of the current CSWP sample available from the Tangix Virtual Tester Client and on the Solidworks.com website. This manual includes chapters that cover all three exam segments, with practice for each skill set that will be needed on the real exam.  Additionally, David shows previous CSWP test questions from past revisions of the CSWP exam to give you an idea of what type of questions you can expect to find on the current exam.

    Purchase the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Techniques Training Manual by David Planchard

    SOLIDWORKS 2019
    Advanced Techniques

    by Paul Tran CSWE, CSWI

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    SolidWorks advanced techniques by Paul Tran, this manual has chapters on advanced topics that includes advanced sweeping and lofting. Additionally, this manual provides some CSWP preparation materials along with another sample exam in, along with other advanced techniques that will help you with daily SolidWorks usage in general.  Finally, all of Paul’s manuals include a Solidworks Quick guide which includes the icons found within the program interface along with a description, as well as a few pages on Customizing SolidWorks toolbars and keyboard shortcuts.

    SOLIDWORKS Essentials Training Course

    The GoEngineer SOLIDWORKS Essentials training course will teach you how to build 3D parametric models of parts and assemblies and prepare drawings of those parts and assemblies as you prepare for the CSWP. 

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    SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling Training Course

    The GoEngineer SOLIDWORKS Assembly Modeling training course builds upon the Essentials lessons to provide instruction on advanced features and capabilities in SOLIDWORKS, as well as skills needed for the CSWP exam.

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    CSWP Training Prep Course

    CSWP 

    Continue your CSWP training with GoEngineer's industry approved CSWP prep course.  This course was designed by SOLIDWORKS instructors. 

    Topics covered in this course:

    1. CSWP Exam Overview
    2. Hands-on CSWP Segment 1 Examples 
    3. Hands-on CSWP Segment 2 Examples
    4. Hands-on CSWP Segment 3 Examples
    5. Sample Exams for all three segments
     

    So, you're kicking the tires and trying to decide if this is worth your time and effort? Discover some good reasons to challenge yourself and commit to study and learn enough to become a Certified SOLIDWORKS user!

     

    Find out the main goals and some of the requirements for taking a certification exam. For a complete list of all the FAQ about SOLIDWORKS certification please see:

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    Showcase your accomplishments by choosing to be listed in the SOLIDWORKS Certification Directory as well as use it to discover who else is certified in your local area.

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    Perhaps you have taken a certification exam but did not pass? The good news is that the 3DExperience Certification Center keeps track of all your exam results, of which can be used to determine which area or topic needs additional study. This can also be used to find out the statistical average scores from all users who have attempted the same exam.

     

    If you are a hiring manager then you may be tired of hearing about all of the self-proclaimed ‘Super Awesome Hero’ SOLIDWORKS users that submit resumes full of promise. However, they do not have any official SOLIDWORKS Certifications listed, so how do you correctly determine that user’s skill level? Obviously, as you are on this webpage, you can guess our recommendation!

     

    Proof of authenticity is important when there is an industry established standard. As such SOLIDWORKS maintains a verification database to provide everyone with the ability to perform a ‘background’ check to make sure everything is genuine.

     
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    my.solidworks Prep Course

    With over 40 individual training video topics covering the basics, it will provide a great review for getting ready to take the exam.  For additional CSWA Certification Preparation, please be sure to check out the My.SOLIDWORKS.com learning path.

     


    SOLIDWORKS CSWA Training Manuals

    Utilize guides and manuals written by certified SOLIDWORKS Instructors to help prepare you for the CSWA exam.

    Purchase the Official Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Certification Guide by David Planchard

    Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional 

    by David C. Planchard CSWP & SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    David's book is the official SOLIDWORKS certification guide for the Professional and you can expect to find a complete breakdown of the current CSWP sample available from the Tangix Virtual Tester Client and on the Solidworks.com website. This manual includes chapters that cover all three exam segments, with practice for each skill set that will be needed on the real exam.  Additionally, David shows previous CSWP test questions from past revisions of the CSWP exam to give you an idea of what type of questions you can expect to find on the current exam.

    Purchase the SOLIDWORKS Advanced Techniques Training Manual by David Planchard

    SOLIDWORKS 2019
    Advanced Techniques

    by Paul Tran CSWE, CSWI

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    SolidWorks advanced techniques by Paul Tran, this manual has chapters on advanced topics that includes advanced sweeping and lofting. Additionally, this manual provides some CSWP preparation materials along with another sample exam in, along with other advanced techniques that will help you with daily SolidWorks usage in general.  Finally, all of Paul’s manuals include a Solidworks Quick guide which includes the icons found within the program interface along with a description, as well as a few pages on Customizing SolidWorks toolbars and keyboard shortcuts.

    Order SOLIDWORKS 2020 Intermediate Skills by Paul Tran.

    SOLIDWORKS 2020 Intermediate Skills

    by Paul Tran CSWE, CSWI

    BUY ON AMAZON

    additional buying options

    Paul’s book has a section covering Configurations while using Configure Feature and Configure Dimension.  Also, his manual includes chapters for multi-body part design exploration.  Additionally, there is a section covering Top-Down Assembly design and Assembly Motion.  In fact, all of Paul’s Textbooks are great companions to your official SOLIDWORKS training manuals when studying to prepare for your Professional Certifications.

     

    SOLIDWORKS PART REVIEWER MODELS

    Additionally, you can check out some models to interrogate from the SOLIDWORKS Part Reviewer at 3DContentCenteral.com.

     


    SAMPLE EXAM AVAILABLE FROM THE VIRTUAL TESTERPRO CLIENT

    Finally right before you take your real Certification Exam, please attempt the free CSWA Sample Exam using the Virtual TesterPro Client for the most realistic practice.

     

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    If you are a hiring manager and you want to use the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate exam as a litmus test to see if a candidate is worth interviewing, you can purchase Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate credit for about $100. This is an extremely affordable way to vet out potential candidates. Or perhaps, you are a SOLIDWORKS user who is anxious to earn a specific certification and you have already used up all of your available exam vouchers. In this case, you will need to purchase additional test credits. Check out this video to see how the procedure works.
     
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    As a hiring manager, watch this video to see how to create certification vouchers from purchased test credits to give out to prospective interview candidates to test their current SOLIDWORKS skill level.

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    Users who validate their skills with certifications represent an elite segment of the SOLIDWORKS community.  For some, there is nothing more gratifying than achieving challenging certifications, and certificates are displayed like badges of honor. Others pursue certification to gain a competitive edge in the job market. No matter what your motivation, getting certified provides a clear path to SOLIDWORKS mastery.  All certified users are added to a SOLIDWORKS directory corresponding to their level of achievement.


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