If you haven’t heard yet, the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) event has been officially retired this year at SOLIDWORKS World 2012. Over 800 CSWP’s attended this year’s event on the USS Midway in San Diego, CA. Not sure if there’s an exact limit to the quantity of attendees for an event to still be considered “exclusive”, but I’m guessing 800 would exceed that number. Starting at SWW 2013, the exclusive celebration of extraordinary SOLIDWORKS certification achievements will now be limited to Certified SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWE).
So, if you haven’t yet, I would strongly consider acquiring a CSWE certification. Besides the event at SWW, it’s a great way to demonstrate your personal level of expertise. According to SOLIDWORKS online certification testing center, there’s only 6 CSWE’s in Ohio and they’re all employed by SOLIDWORKS VARs (Value Added Resellers). Who will be the first non-VAR CSWE in Ohio??
To be able to participate in the CSWE exam, you must first pass the CSWP exam and 3 of the following 4 examinations:
The CSWE certification might force you to learn portions of SOLIDWORKS that you don’t use on a daily basis. To help get the North East Ohio region kick started, I’ll be presenting tonight at our NEOSWUG meeting about Sheet Metal. If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to reference my introduction to sheet metal presentation and study guide below. The best preparation for any of these tests are the training courses we offer (Sheet Metal & Weldments, Surfacing), but be on the look out for more of these introductory study guides for the other topics soon.