Certification

What is Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) exam?

The CSWP exam is a comprehensive, non-proctored online exam that tests an individual’s ability to design and analyze parametric parts and movable assemblies using a variety of complex features in SOLIDWORKS, including design validation tools. A Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional is an individual that has successfully passed this exam.

Where can I report technical issues and enhancement requests regarding the testing software?

What is the goal of the CSWP exam?

The goal of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Program is that it establishes an Industry standard by which SOLIDWORKS professionals are evaluated. This evaluation is completed using a fair, comprehensive test of your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS both in the areas of Mechanical Design and Design Validation. Completing the evaluation will accomplish two goals. First, on an individual level, achieving certification establishes you as a highly competent professional in the use of SOLIDWORKS. Second, for the hiring managers, acts as a valuable assessment to attest for the individual’s competency, thereby reducing the amount of time and energy required to research prospective candidates.

I do not use SOLIDWORKS or SOLIDWORKS Simulation. Can I still take the exam with an evaluation copy?

Yes. But you will have to get the evaluation version from one of the SOLIDWORKS resellers in your area.

What resources do I need to take the CSWA/CSWP?

The CSWA/P test is an on-line test that can be taken on any computer that has SOLIDWORKS running and a connection to the Internet.  The test runs in its own client window separate from SOLIDWORKS.  You can either run the exam software on the same computer as your SOLIDWORKS software or in a separate computer next to the one running SOLIDWORKS.  Please note that if you are taking the test on a separate computer that you have some means to transfer files from the computer running the testing client to the computer running SOLIDWORKS.  Dual monitors are recommended but not required.

As stated above, an internet connection is required for the CSWA/P exams.  At this point there are no provisions for a stand-alone exam.

Which commercial version of the software should I use to take the CSWP exams?

For all exams, the minimum version necessary is listed on the information page of that exam.  Please go to www.solidworks.com/certification and click on the individual exam information page links on the left.

What is the policy on retaking the CSWA/CSWP or any other SOLIDWORKS Certification exam?

There is a 14-day waiting period before retaking any SOLIDWORKS Certification exam.  Also the user will be required to purchase another exam credit to retake the test. 

When I took the exam, I entered ',' for every decimal place, not "." Is this okay?

The client test software uses the decimal point separator setting under Control Panel--> Regional & Language options-->Customize-->Decimal symbol. If you use a decimal point separator different from the above setting, it will not be accepted in the answer field. If you feel that you have still experienced a virtualtester client problem regarding this, send an email to support@tangix.com.

What do I receive when I pass the exam?

You will receive certificates for each exam that you pass. You receive an email that directs you to our electronic certificate access page. There you can login and download your electronic certificate(s) and electronic business card logo(s); CSWP’s also receive discounts to partner products and SOLIDWORKS World events. For more information refer to www.solidworks.com/cswp.

Will a certificate be mailed out to me once I pass an exam?

SOLIDWORKS no longer mails out certificates to individuals who have passed an exam.  We have made it a simple download that you can print from your computer so you no longer have to wait to receive it.  To print your certificate simply visit https://3dexperience.virtualtester.com/#home. On that page, simply click the "Download Certificate" button and follow the on-screen instructions.  Please note that not all exams have printable certificates.

I have my certification. Why don't I show up in the online directory?

The option to be displayed in the online CSWP directory is something that must be approved by the user.  By default it is set to not display your listing in the diretory so you need to login to your account and select the option to be displayed.  You can login to your account by visiting this link: https://3dexperience.virtualtester.com/#home. Once logged into your account navigate to your settings page and select the "Yes" option for "List in Online Directory".

What exactly is the free exam voucher offer for Subscription Service customers?

For every seat of SOLIDWORKS that a company has on Subscription Service, users at that company can receive one free core exam, one free advanced exam, and one specialty exam each half of the year (January to June and July to December).  Basically, every January 1 and July 1, the system resets and users will be able to claim a fresh set of exam vouchers.

In which languages are the exams available?

The CSWP/CSWA exams are available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Japanese, Turkish, and Traditional Chinese.

What do I need to claim my free set of SOLIDWORKS Certification exam vouchers?

Each user wishing to claim their exam vouchers needs 2 things:

1) A SOLIDWORKS ID linked to a SOLIDWORKS serial number on Subscription Service and

2) A VirtualTester ID

Can I buy an exam in bulk and then distribute it to my employees?

Yes. You are allowed to purchase exams in bulk on our webstore then transfer testing credits to users of your choice in the form of a 'voucher'. To create vouchers from your bulk purchase, log into your virtualtester account and follow the simple instructions: https://3dexperience.virtualtester.com/#home