CSWA - Mechanical Design - Academic Version
As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate - Academic (CSWA - Academic), students will demonstrate their expertise with SOLIDWORKS 3D solid modeling software, engineering design concepts, and sustainable design, giving them a competitive edge in today's job market. The CSWA - Academic exam is only available through qualified educational institutions, and only given in a proctored environment. A minimum of 150 hours of classroom instruction is recommended before attempting the exam.
The CSWA - Academic certification is proof of your SOLIDWORKS® expertise with cutting-edge skills that businesses seek out and reward.
The CSWA - Academic certification is intended for a student who is well-versed in both basic knowledge of engineering fundamentals and practices, along with SOLIDWORKS CAD software and its methodologies and simulation principles. SOLIDWORKS recommends that applicants review the online tutorials on Parts, Assemblies, and Drawings as a prerequisite, and have at least 150 hours of classroom instruction that thoroughly covers the SOLIDWORKS CAD application, engineering design principles, and industry best practices.
The CSWA - Academic Exam is offered only through the SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider program.
As a SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider, you agree to offer the CSWA-Academic Exam in a proctored environment. Students that pass the CSWA-Academic Exam receive an electronic certificate listing their certification ID and educational institution name. The certification ID can be verified by schools and employers.
To apply, fill out the SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider application.
Exam Length: Full exam of 3 hours or 2 parts of 1.5 hours each
Please note, the 2 part CSWA exam is offered for schools enrolled in the SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider program so that the exam may be administered in two sessions when 3 hours are not available for the full exam. Each part is graded separately and no points are carried over from the grade of one part to the other part. Once a student has passed both parts, the final CSWA certificate will be awarded.
Minimum Passing grade: 70%
Re-test Policy: There is a minimum 14 day waiting period between every attempt of the CSWA - Academic exam. Also, a CSWA exam credit must be purchased for each exam attempt.
All candidates receive electronic certificates and personal listing on the CSWA - Academic directory* when they pass.
Exam features hands-on challenges in many of these areas:
- Sketch entities - lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, centerlines
- Sketch tools - offset, convert, trim
- Sketch relations
- Boss and cut features - extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts
- Fillets and chamfers
- Linear, circular, and fill patterns
- Feature conditions – start and end
- Mass properties
- Inserting components
- Standard mates - coincident, parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric, distance, angle
- Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references
- Drawing views
*This option must be set in your online certification account to show up in the directory.