There are a lot of extra benefits to attendees of SolidWorks World 2013. One benefit is that when you sign up to attend, you are given the option to take a free SolidWorks certification exam at SolidWorks World. My advice is that if you do not yet have certification, take the exam! It’s free with your full conference pass!
There are two entry points for certification on SolidWorks:
- SolidWorks Certified Associate (CSWA) which covers basic SolidWorks skills.
- SolidWorks Certified Professional (CSWP) which covers deeper understanding of SolidWorks skills. This certificate is required to qualify for advanced exam modules as you work your way to earning CSWE.
I’ve heard that some people shy away from taking the exam because they are not confident in their skills. I’ve heard this from some well experienced individuals. If you have neither certification and are nervous about the exam, then attempt the CSWA exam. If you are already a CSWA or have been in industry for awhile, than take the CSWP-CORE exam. Preparation is still very important in either case. There are plenty of materials that are available to help get yourself read for the exam. There’s even a sample exam with which you can practice!