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Simulation (CSWA-Simulation)

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate in Simulation

The main requirement for obtaining the CSWA-Simulation certification is to take and pass the on-line 120 minute exam which consists of 20 questions.

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Note: You must use at least SOLIDWORKS Premium 2012 or SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2012 or SOLIDWORKS Student Edition 2012 for this exam. Any use of a previous or lower version will result in the inability to open some of the testing files or access some of the needed functionality.

Exam Length

2 hours

Minimum Passing grade

70% (70 points out of 100 points total)

About the Exam

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

The questions consist of 3 hands-on problems, single answer, multiple-choice, yes/no and multiple selections for a total of 100 points. Point allocation ranges from 3 points to 20 points per question, depending on the difficulty.

Qualified schools that are CSWA Providers may apply to become CSWA-Simulation Providers. A minimum network license on subscription applies.

Anyone can take this exam including students and commercial SOLIDWORKS users. The intended audience to take and pass the CSWA-Simulation exam is anyone with a minimum of 6 - 9 months of SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Basic View Creation
  • Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Finite Element Method / Finite Element Analysis Theory
  • Applied concepts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation:
    • Top-level
    • Defining Static Analysis Study
    • Applying Materials
    • Working with Solid and Sheet Metal models
    • Defining Solid, Shell, and Beam elements
    • Applying and modifying Connections, Contact Set, and Contact Type
    • Defining Standard and Advanced Fixtures and External loads
    • Knowledge setting and modifying of SI/English units
    • Defining Local and Global coordinate systems
    • Understanding the axial forces, sheer forces, bending moments, a factor of safety
    • Defining Connector properties such as Contact Sets, No Penetration, Bonded
    • Setting up and modifying plots to display in the Results folder
    • Working with Multibody parts as different solid bodies
    • Creating different mesh types, quality, and parameters for parts and assemblies
    • Selecting different solvers as directed to optimize problems
    • Determining if results are valid and make sense
    • Understanding the types of problems SOLIDWORKS Simulation can solve
    • Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Help

Re-test Policy

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

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