I seem to be unable to find a clear answer to the question; what is the difference?
Is it simply a case of CSWP is harder and more in-depth? And If I were to do the CSWA now, and CSWP in a years time, would it overwrite the CSWA?
I took it to prove to myself I could do it. There is no reason to take it or not to take it, it is a matter of preference. My employer also offered to pay for it, so I took advantage of the opportunity, and then used the free test for the CSWP.
The CSWP was not terribly difficult, in my opinion. If you are comfortable with the topics listed on the certification page for CSWP, then you are ready for the test. Read through the posts on the blog I mentioned in my last, as they will cover all aspects of the test well.
Double check your work as you build and you will do fine.
I am CSWP. From what I know if you take the CSWA exam first it does not get written
over by the CSWP. The CSWA is a lesser credential (A= associate) from what I have learned.
Here is a link that may help you. Good luck on which ever one you decide to do.
No, it would not overwrite the CSWP. I have both. I took the CSWA and then took the CSWP two days later. They are both good tests, and the CSWP is quite a bit more in depth.
The difference, as stated in an email I got when I asked Matt Lombard his opinion of the certifications.
Certifications are never a bad thing. The lower certifications (CSWA, CSWP) are easy, and relatively inexpensive, and should be on everyone's list to achieve. I think the most valuable ones are the specialty certifications, like sheet metal, surfacing, weldments, etc. Most of the specialty certifications are decent tests.
Take them both, if you can. Use the subscription (http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/mcad-certification-programs.htm) free test offer and you will not have to pay for one of the tests.
Look over the www.3dengr.com posts for a primer of what to expect on the tests.
Thank you. You say do both, but if CSWP is a higher standard what is the point in having the CSWA as well?
Basically I'm at a level where I could do the CSWA but feel that the CSWP may be too dificult at this stage, and was not sure weather to do the CSWA and then the P when I can or just wait until I can do the CSWP on it's own.
Welcome to the forum.
I have both as well and yes it is true that the CSWP is a higher "rung on the ladder" in terms of the exams. They both show a level of competence.
I also agree with the above post about the specialty tests. They are well written and you need to demonstrate proficiency in those specialized areas to pass.
Also make sure that you look at the practice exams on the SolidWorks website. It will give you a little idea of what is expected.
Certifications will only carry the amount of weight that we the users allow them to carry. If you go to a job and no one asks about being certified and you do not mention it, then it does not carry a lot of weight. The more that certified users differentiate themselves from non certified users, the certifications carry more and more weight. I am seeing some employers asking about them, which is good. Even at user group meetings and other functions, I reference my certifications. The users are in complete control of how much certifications will matter in our industries.
Anyways, that is my 2 cents for today.
Totally agree you're completely right. Thanks!
How does this subscription free test work? I don't own a copy of Solidworks at home (yet) but use it at work. However if I can get a free test with a SW package it may be a good deal.
I was thinking about the 1 year Student package for 85GBP - would this come with a free test? If so I've effectively got the software for around 20GBP
The free subscription offer will be used through your work subcription then. Go to the Certification page and click the link up in the top right that says "CSWP Offers for Subscription Service Customers" and follow the steps. If I remember right, It asks for a license key and verifies you are on subscription and then will take you to a page with a code to enter when you purchase the test./sw/support/subscription/Certification_Offers.html If the student package is the same as the one my friend bought last semester, then it come with a code for the CSWA only. If you used that and then the subcrition offer, you could take both for only the cost of the student software.
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