How to Get SOLIDWORKS Certified – CSWE Level

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Expanding your SOLIDWORKS knowledge to optimize your skills and your resume can be a daunting task when looking at the many certification types. The Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) certification is considered an industry benchmark for 3D design and is a strong addition to your portfolio of SOLIDWORKS knowledge. There are two variations that allow you to specialize in a specific area. We will cover each one, as well as the prerequisites that must be completed before taking the CSWE.

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Before Taking the CSWE

You will need to successfully pass the CSWP exam as well as specified exams listed under each category below before you qualify to take the CSWE. This ensures that you have elite knowledge before taking this complex test. 

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CSWE – Simulation

This exam focuses on the advanced knowledge of Simulation and your ability solve every analysis problem. Some of the topics covered include connectors, resolving meshing problems, linear stress, drop test, nonlinear dynamic, assembly configurations, results, thermal stress, mesh convergence, 2D simplification, composite shells, steady state and transient thermal. 

Exam Length

Passing Grade


3 hours


Successfully passed the CSWP exam
Successfully passed the CSWA-S exam
Successfully passed the CSWP-S exam


CSWE – Mechanical Design

This Mechanical Design certification focuses on your understanding of advanced functions and features within SOLIDWORKS. Topics that will be tested on include multi-bodies, split tool, sheet metal import and modification, assembly configurations, sketch blocks, belts and chains, in-context assembly design, imported part modification and spring modeling.

Exam Length

Passing Grade


4 hours


Successfully passed the CSWP exam
Passed at least four CSWP advance topic exams

Registering for the CSWE

There are a couple of ways to take the exam. One way, is to attend one of our certifications events and take the exam for free. These events are hosted several times a year in multiple locations. This also allows you an opportunity to speak with our staff and get insight on the software and 3D printing technology.

Another way to take the exam, is to buy the test on the SOLIDWORKS website which will cost anywhere from $19.95 to $99 depending on the type of exam. 

Free Testing

If you or your employer are already subscribed to SOLIDWORKS, you are eligible for one free core (CSWP or CSWA), one free advanced (CSWPA) and one free specialty exam with each seat of SOLIDWORKS on Subscription Service. Keep in mind, this is limited to these specific certifications. You can still take the other exams, including the CSWE, for free at a TriMech certification event

Things to Note About the CSWE

  • There is a 90-day waiting period between taking tests if you need to retake your exam.
  • Certificates are electronic and will be published on the CSWE directory.

One of the first things to consider is how each certification will further your career and resume. Alan Henry stated, “Ultimately, getting one or two certifications will prove you’re capable of learning and retaining knowledge (or at least passing a test) but several under your belt shows that you’re committed to a career path, well versed in it, and knowledgeable.” 

Our goal is to be your engineering resource in all aspects, including becoming certified. With our Application Engineers having over 600 combined certifications, we are ready to help you take the next steps in becoming SOLIDWORKS Certified.

Ready to start pursuing your CSWE certification? View our live events page to find a Certification Event near you to take the test for free!