Yes. It is difficult, but manageable. Even as an automated test I would believe anyone who has passed it to be significantly qualified to handle the modeling of a design.
FWIW, I also spoke with Mike Puckett about the test and he described it as "For that guy in your company you go to when you know there is a way to do something, but you just can't remember how". It is a test to show you are the "guru" of solidworks and a user should have complete understanding of the software. He did speak on the record with me about a few of the items that are covered, I'll go pull the notes.
There is a lack of information on the test for a reason. Mike stated that they do NOT want any information regarding the test to leak or get on internet, videos, blogs or forums. The TOS of the exam allows SW the ability to revoke certifications and, from the sound of it, leaking information about the expert exam is exactly the type of thing they would use it on so be careful what this thread turns into.
You'll get the Diploma and the one and only CSWE Trophy, with your name engraved on it:
A SW "Expert" should have an overall knowledge of SW. Even more so than the Topics on the CSWE exam and the "Specialty" Exams. I don't like the testing scheme, but I do like the idea of having a certification that is "hard" to achieve.
Just got my CSWE. Looks like at this time there are only 3 CSWE in the world. Wondering why???
Very nice exam, really enjoyed it!
I need to find time to take it, looking forward to it.
If you would like to take a shot at passing the three necessary exams to qualify, I'll give you credits to take any three of your choice for no charge. While it may sound like 'Its just great marketing', it's really just a way to make the exam something that only those who truly want to take it, will do what's necessary to do so.
If you would like to take me up on my offer of the free three exams, shoot me an email to email@example.com to my attention, and I'll get you set up. Perhaps as a little bit of fun, you would like to agree to share your results with everyone here once you take them?
Good job, but is why I think is a good idea to have the Specialized CSWP exam as requirements, to make the CSWE a real challenge, or at least not as accessible.
"... it's really just a way to make the exam something that only those who truly want to take it, will do what's necessary to do so..."
Haha. I agree with Anton... good marketing. The old CSWP was like that - expensive, difficult, and time consuming. It ensured that the exam was something only those who truly wanted it did what was necessary. Problem was, not enough people took that test - not enough money! As far as I am concerned, CSWP is now basically meaningless. Anyone who has completed the tutorials (well, parts and assemblies anyway - drawings aren't touched!) and can read an isometric drawing (which is not a SW skill) could pass the CSWP. Now that CSWP is cheap, easy to take (at home) and easy to do (it's a friggin cakewalk), everybody and their brother is a CSWP. The very fact that the specialty exams and now the CSWE exist is testament to the watering down of the CSWP. Are the specialty exams similarly easy? I believe Anton intimated that he was going to "work through some tutorials" and then take the specialty exams. Do you expect him to be successful? If so, how should a prospective employer view these certifications? "Hey, this guy has the sheet metal certification. That means if we hire him then that's one less day he will have to spend going through the sheet metal tutorial!"
There are industries (machine building in particular, which is my industry) that barely touch one or two areas of specialty exams. These industries still have the gurus, the guys who are the ones that everyone goes to for help. Unless the CSWE actually covers the subject matter of the specialty exams in a more advanced way than those exams do, I don't see any benefit to requiring them other than more money for you.
Just one guy's opinion.
You're not the first to ask! We have had several people wondering about that on Twitter as well! We're in the very early planning stages for next year, but we should have a better idea by the time summer rolls around.
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