Why You Should Take One of These 4 SOLIDWORKS Certifications

Why You Should Take One of These 4 SOLIDWORKS Certifications
Posted in: Mechanical Design
July 8, 2019

Anyone can use SOLIDWORKS but it's different to know SOLIDWORKS.

If you've ever wanted to learn the ins and outs of SOLIDWORKS and be able to truly prove your skills to your team, manager and customers, you should consider taking SOLIDWORKS certifications.


Top SOLIDWORKS Certifications

While there are numerous certifications available that you can explore in the SOLIDWORKS certification catalog, we will highlight the most popular.

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA)

  • Stand out from the crowd in today's competitive job market.

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP)

  • Prove that you have what it takes to pass this advanced skills exam.

Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced

  • Focuses on weldments, sheet metal, surfacing, drawing tools and mold tools.

Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE)

  • Demonstrate your ability to utilize advanced functions and features to solve complex modeling challenges.

Why SOLIDWORKS Certifications?

Let's say you have been using SOLIDWORKS for years. You’re self taught by the best of them, but you know you could be more efficient. A new position has opened up at your company, but it requires a greater level of design knowledge. How do you prove you’re the right fit for the job?

Or maybe your team has a mixed level of skills, but you aren’t certain where everyone is at. How do you get your team up and running more skillfully and know where everyone's skill levels are at? Certifications!

A bonus of the CSWA, CSWP, and CSWP Advanced exams is that they can be included with your SOLIDWORKS subscription. That’s right, at no additional cost to you! Learn more about the subscription services certification offers from SOLIDWORKS.

How to Prepare for SOLIDWORKS Certifications

Once you have decided it's time to upgrade yourself or your team to one of these certifications, it can be tricky to know where to start. No worries, we’ve got you!

All of the certifications exams I’ve mentioned here, with the exception of the CSWE, have corresponding practice exams. Don’t miss out on these, they are incredibly helpful. I might even dare to suggest you try them out now … before you’ve practiced or even gone through training. See what you know, expose to yourself what you don’t know. This will help you determine where to focus as you prepare.

Need guided practice for yourself or your team? Explore SolidProfessor's online SOLIDWORKS certification prep courses.

Training Overview

Once you see where there are gaps in your knowledge, take at look at our course catalog. Our core SOLIDWORKS training courses are the best way to learn what you need to know for these exams.


The Essentials class is at the base of all of your preparation as it spends a lot of time and practical application on design intent. Design intent is key to your everyday use of SOLIDWORKS, but also these certification exams.

Want to take the CSWP? After Essentials, we recommend Assembly Modeling, Advanced Part Modeling and the Drawings classes to really amp up your knowledge. Check out our SOLIDWORKS training page to see our recommended training/certification learning path for the CSWA, CSWP, CSWP Advanced and CSWE certifications.

Once you’ve taken the prescribed classes, don’t forget to practice! These exams not only test your skills, but also your efficiency.

Prove to yourself and others that you know SOLIDWORKS. Imagine being able to tell your customers that your whole team is certified SOLIDWORKS Professionals ... or even Experts, because they are! And you have the certifications to prove it.

If other certifications have piqued your interest, contact us and we can recommend the best path to help you reach your goals! Otherwise, feel free to browse our course catalog to find the right class for you!

July 8, 2019
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