The Certified SolidWorks Simulation Associate - Finite Element Analysis (CSWSA-FEA) 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 CSWSA-FEA certification is to take and pass the on-line 120 minute exam which consists of 20 questions.

Exam Length: 2 hours

Minimum Passing grade: 70% (70 points out of 100 points total)
All candidates receive electronic certifcates and personal listing on the CSWSA - FEA directory* when they pass.
(*This option must be set in your online certification account to show up in the directory)

Note: You must use at least SolidWorks Premium 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.

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.

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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