What Certificates are Available to Me?
All the certificates are available to anyone to take. All of the certification exams are conducted online through the Tangix TesterPro Client, which you can download through the 3D Experience Certification Centre. Depending on your skill level and needs, you can pick the certificates that best suit you. With the exception of the Expert Certification, there are no prerequisites to taking any of the certificates.
How do I take a SOLIDWORKS Certification Exam?
You can take any of the SOLIDWORKS Certifications through the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program. The certifications are paid with prices ranging from USD 20 to 149. Once you purchase an exam, you will be able to take it through the TesterPro Client. You will need to have a stage internet connection through the exam as they are online.
If you are a student, you might be eligible for free certification vouchers if you belong to an institution that is an Academic Certification Provider.
If I have a SOLIDWORKS license with an Active Subscription, can I use it to Redeem Free Certification Exams Vouchers?
If you have an active SOLIDWORKS subscription, you are eligible to free vouchers for three certifications exams every six months for each subscription. The three free vouchers have to be on three different certification categories. They are as following:
- Core topics: CSWA or CSWP, each is at a value of USD 99.
- Advanced Topic: a choice between Drawings tools, Mold Making, Sheet Metal, Surfacing, and Weldments. Each is at a value of USD 20.
- Specialty Topics: a choice between Additive Manufacturing, Electrical Associate, Simulation Associate, Sustainability Associate, CAM Professional, MBD Professional, PDM Administrator, or Simulation Professional. Each is at a value of USD 50.
Each of the vouchers will have a six months validity from the day of issue. Also, the vouchers are not restricted to a specific person, so that you can give the voucher codes to any member of your team.
What Happens if I Fail a Certification Exam?
If you fail an exam, you can simply retake it. However, you can’t immediately after. Each of the exams has a specified period that you have to wait. The waiting period to retake an exam is 14 days, except for the expert level exams, which have a waiting period of 90 days. There will be no public records for any failed attempt you have.
I have been using SOLIDWORKS for Many Years. Should I get Certified?
Many tend to think that it is enough to say that you have used SOLIDWORKS for multiple years. However, That does not prove that you have a well-rounded understanding of SOLIDWORKS tools and functions. This is especially the case with critical functions relating to model optimizations and maintaining design intents.
A SOLIDWORKS certification will not only prove your skills on the surface to build visual models but also covers other functions like design optimization and the ability to maintain design intents and be able to do all that in a benchmarked timed duration.
Are the SOLIDWORKS Certifications Verified?
Each issued certification would have a unique Certification ID for people to validate it through the 3DExpereince Certification Centre. In addition, there is a public certified users directory that contains a list of all certified users. As a certified user, you can choose if you want to be listed there or not through your account at the 3DExpereince Certification Center.
Suppose you are looking for structured online courses that cover some of the different certifications. In that case, you can check out our TforDesign School. You can also check out our TforDesign Blog, in which we explore various related topics.