Certified SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional Administrator (CPPA)

A SOLIDWORKS Certification Program

A Certified PDM Professional Administrator (CPPA) is an individual who has successfully passed an advanced examination in SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional administration skills and is ready to manage a SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional implementation on behalf of his or her company.

Once SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional has been deployed within an organization, it must be properly maintained by qualified individuals who will be responsible for daily maintenance tasks and for any subsequent configuration changes. By assigning a CPPA qualified individual to this task, employers can be confident that their site is being managed by an individual with proven skills in administrating SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.


Exam Prerequisites:

Software: SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
Access and Privileges checklist:

  • Login and Passwords to Archive and SQL Servers (including SQL sa password)
  • Internet access
  • Ability to create vault
  • Ability to add new users


Exam details:

Exam Length: 2 Hours
Min Passing grade: 70%
Type: Hands-on exam

Result: All candidates receive electronic certificates and personal listing on the CPPA directory* when they pass.

Recommended Training:


Exam Topics

Standard SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional tools that may be covered in the exam include:

  • Vault creation and configuration

  • Basic Vaulting operations (Add Users, Change Permissions, Check I/O, etc.)

  • Modifications to Data Cards and Variables

  • Workflow Manipulation

  • Troubleshooting (this may include inadvertent mistakes like typos)

*This option must be set in your online certification account to show up in the directory.

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