Certified SOLIDWORKS Simulation Associate (CSWSA) - FEA

A SOLIDWORKS Certification Program

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 details:

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

Recommended training:


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


Exam Topics

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:

  • Engineering Mechanics - Statics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Finite Element Method / Finite Element Analysis Theory
  • Applied concepts in SOLIDWORKS Simulation:
    • 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 Multi-body 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    


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

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