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SOLIDWORKS Certification Program

SOLIDWORKS certifications can be used as a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software.

Our program establishes an industry standard by which SOLIDWORKS professionals are evaluated through a fair, comprehensive test of your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS both in the areas of Mechanical Design and Design Validation. Becoming certified establishes you as a highly competent SOLIDWORKS professional. Hiring managers can be confident in their decision to hire a certified candidate reducing the time it takes to bring a new team member on board.

Testing Instructions

All certification testing is done online. The process for taking a test is as follows:

Step 1: Visit the appropriate exam information page above and purchase your exam by clicking on the "Buy Now" button in that page. An email with the exam procedure will be sent to you after purchase.  (Check your email’s spam folder if you do not receive the exam procedure shortly after purchase.)

Step 2: When you're ready, take the exam on your computer.  (Download TesterPro Client)

Step 3: When you're done, access your account via the SolidWorks Certification Center and print your certificates

**Login required for access. Full access requires an active Subscription Service contract.

*** You must be of legal age, at the start of the academic year, in the country of record.  Students should take the certification exams through the proctored CSWA Provider program.

Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE)

Mechanical Design (CSWE–Mechanical Design)
A Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert is someone who easily demonstrates the ability to utilize advanced functions and features to solve complex modeling challenges.
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Simulation (CSWE–S)
The Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert — Simulation (CSWE–S) certification tests your mastery of all the analysis tools available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium. It demonstrates your ability to utilize advanced analysis tools in stress, contact, thermal, frequency, nonlinear, and dynamic studies.
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Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA)

Additive Manufacturing (CSWA–Additive Manufacturing)
A Certified Additive Manufacturing Associate is someone who possesses the basic knowledge of today’s 3D printing market.
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Electrical (CSWA-Electrical)
The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate — Electrical (CSWA–E) certification shows that you have successfully demonstrated an understanding of the principles of SOLIDWORKS Electrical functionality and Electrical Engineering principles.
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Mechanical Design (CSWA–Mechanical Design) 
As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA), you will stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market.
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Mechanical Design Academic Version (CSWA–Academic) STUDENTS ONLY
As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate — Academic (CSWA - Academic), students will demonstrate their expertise with SOLIDWORKS 3D solid modeling software, design concepts, and sustainable design, giving them a competitive edge in today's job market.
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Simulation (CSWA–Simulation)
The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate — Simulation (CSWA–Simulation) certification indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of demonstrating an understanding in the principles of stress analysis and the Finite Element Method (FEM).
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Sustainability (CSWA–Sustainability)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Sustainability (CSWA–Sustainability) exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your understanding of the principles of environmental assessment and sustainable design.
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Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP)

Mechanical Design
A Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional is an individual who has successfully passed our advanced skills examination.
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Mechanical Design Academic Version (CSWP – Academic) STUDENTS ONLY
Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional — Academic certification is intended for a student with a minimum of 1 to 2 years of SOLIDWORKS experience and advanced knowledge of engineering practices.
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Model-based Design (CSWP–MBD)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Model Based Design (CSWP–MBD) exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use SOLIDWORKS MBD functionality and tools.
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CAM (CSWP–CAM)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional CAM (CSWP-CAM) exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use SOLIDWORKS CAM functionality and tools.
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Simulation (CSWP–Simulation)
The Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional - Simulation (CSWP-Simulation) exam tests your understanding of SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools and simulation in general.
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Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWPA)

Sheet Metal (CSWPA-SM)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Sheet Metal (CSWPA-SM) exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal tools.
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Weldments (CSWPA—WD)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Weldments (CSWPA-WD) exam proves that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use the SOLIDWORKS tools for Weldments.
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Surfacing (CSWPA—SU) 
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Surfacing (CSWPA-SU) exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use SOLIDWORKS Advanced Surfacing tools.
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Mold Making (CSWPA—MM)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Mold Making (CSWPA-MM) exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use SOLIDWORKS Mold Tools functionality with Mold Making Industry knowledge.
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Drawing Tools (CSWPA—DT)
The completion of the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT) exam proves that you have successfully demonstrated your ability to use the tools found in the SOLIDWORKS Drawing environment.
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Certified PDM Professional Administrator (CPPA)

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

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3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Collaborative Business Innovator
The completion of the 3DEXPERIENCE – Collaborative Business Innovator exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your understanding of data management tools available on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
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Collaborative Industry Innovator
The completion of the 3DEXPERIENCE – Collaborative Business Innovator exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your understanding of data management tools available on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
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3D Creator
The completion of the 3DEXPERIENCE – 3D Creator exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your understanding of data management tools available on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
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3D Sculptor
The completion of the 3DEXPERIENCE – 3D Sculptor exam shows that you have successfully demonstrated your understanding of data management tools available on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
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Partner Programs

Explore the certificate programs offered by our SOLIDWORKS partners.

DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification Program
The DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification is a free certification for all engineering and design professionals and students who have access to SOLIDWORKS. DriveWorksXpress is included with every seat of SOLIDWORKS.  Becoming a Certified DriveWorksXpress Associate gives you new skills to add to your résumé, opens doors in a competitive jobs market and differentiates you from your peers. Learn more

DriveWorks Solo
The DriveWorks Solo Training and Certification is a free certification for all engineering and design professionals and students who have access to SOLIDWORKS and DriveWorks Solo.  You can download DriveWorks Solo and use it free for 30 days. It will take your Design Automation skills and capabilities to the next level.  As the need for automation and digital skills increases, DriveWorks Solo is a great way to build knowledge and establish your professional credentials. Learn more

SolidProfessor Technical Certificates
Set Yourself Apart by Earning 100+ Technical Certificates with SolidProfessor

Improve your skills and show off your achievements by earning 100+ Technical Certificates with SolidProfessor! Get certified in SOLIDWORKS Drawings, Sheet Metal, GD&T, and more! To get certified, simply complete an on-demand course of your choosing and pass the review test. Plus, set yourself apart by sharing your Technical Certifications on your LinkedIn profile and resume. Learn more

For Students/Schools

Students may take these exams for free, if their school is a SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider and on subscription. Minimum license requirements apply and vary per region.

The following certifications are available to students:

CSWA

  • CSWA - Academic Exam
  • CSWA-Simulation
  • CSWA–Sustainability

CSWP

  • CSWP - Academic Exam
  • CSWP-MBD
  • CSWP-Simulation

CSWPA

  • CSWPA-Drawing Tools
  • CSWPA-Mold Making
  • CSWPA-Sheet Metal
  • CSWPA-Surfacing
  • CSWPA-Weldments

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Additional Teacher/Instructor Certification

SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator Certification

The SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator certification provides educators the professional development credential to demonstrate technical proficiency and skill in the classroom.

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TECE Exam

Technology Educator Competency Exam (TECE) is intended for educators that teach using SOLIDWORKS software in a classroom setting. The TECE demonstrates technical proficiency in classroom instruction for 3D CAD, simulation and sustainable design. 

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Certified Provider Program

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation’s Certified Provider Program is designed for business partners who meet the performance and service criteria of full-service, Value Added Resellers and distributors.

Certified Technical Support Provider (CTSP)
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation’s Certified Technical Support Providers (CTSP) are a broad-based group of business partners who meet the performance criteria of full-service, value-added resellers and distributors. As such, they are devoted to the ongoing delivery of technical support on all aspects of the SOLIDWORKS products. Through this program, SolidWorks is able to deliver quality services to customers throughout the world.

Certified Advanced Analysis Provider (CAAP)
The CAAP Program establishes a reseller’s ability to successfully sell, support, and service customers in regards to the Simulation product offerings from SolidWorks Corporation.

Certified Advanced Services Provider (CASP)
The CASP program establishes a reseller’s ability to successfully sell, support, and service customers in regards to the Data Management product offerings from SolidWorks Corporation.

Certified Documentation Service Provider (CDSP)
The CDSP Program establishes a reseller’s ability to successfully sell, support, and service customers in regards to the SolidWorks Documentation product offerings from SolidWorks Corporation.

For a detailed listing of Certification Achievements for our Value Added Resellers, please click on the Certified Resellers and Training Centers icon world icon in the SOLIDWORKS Certification Portal.

 

Academic Certification

In today’s competitive job market, CAD professionals need every advantage they can get, and the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program gives your students a proven edge.

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