CSWA-Simulation Exam

The Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate – Simulation (CSWA-S) certification indicates a foundation in and apprentice knowledge of demonstrating an understanding in the principles of stress analysis and the Finite Element Method (FEM).

The main requirement for obtaining the CSWA-Simulation certification is to take and pass the on-line 120 minute exam which consists of 20 questions.

The questions consist of 3 hands-on problems, single answer, multiple choice, yes/no and multiple selection for a total of 100 points. Point allocation ranges from 3 points to 20 points per question, depending on the difficulty.

Qualified schools that are CSWA Providers may apply to become CSWSA-FEA Providers.  Minimum network license on subscription apply.

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Exam Length: 2 Hours

Minimum Passing Grade: 70% (70 points out of 100 points total)

Note: You must use at least SOLIDWORKS Premium 2012 or SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2012 or SOLIDWORKS Student Edition 2012 for this exam. Any use of a previous or lower version will result in the inability to open some of the testing files or access some of the needed functionality.

All candidates receive electronic certificates and personal listing on the CSWA-Simulation directory* when they pass.

Re-Test Policy: There is a minimum 14 day waiting period between every attempt of the CSWA-Simulation exam. Also, a CSWA-Simulation exam credit must be purchased for each exam attempt.

Anyone can take this exam including students and commercial SOLIDWORKS users. The intended audience to take and pass the CSWSA-FEA exam is anyone with a minimum of 6 – 9 months of SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation experience and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Basic View Creation
    Engineering Mechanics – Statics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Finite Element Method / Finite Element Analysis Theory
  • Applied concepts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation:

    • Top level
    • Defining Static Analysis Study
    • Applying Materials
    • Working with Solid and Sheet Metal models
    • Defining Solid, Shell, and Beam elements
    • Applying and modifying Connections, Contact Set, and Contact Type
    • Defining Standard and Advanced Fixtures and External loads
    • Knowledge setting and modifying of SI/English units
    • Defining Local and Global coordinate systems
    • Understanding the axial forces, sheer forces, bending moments, factor of safety
    • Defining Connector properties such as Contact Sets, No Penetration, Bonded
    • Setting up and modifying plots to display in the Results folder
    • Working with Multibody parts as different solid bodies
    • Creating different mesh types, quality, and parameters for parts and assemblies
    • Selecting different solvers as directed to optimize problems
    • Determining if results are valid and make sense
    • Understanding the types of problems SOLIDWORKS Simulation can solve
    • Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Help

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