Achieving SolidWorks Certification – Job Ready Skills

Nick Johnson CSWE SolidWorks Certification

When Ben Nuebel, Pre-Engineering & Technology Education Teacher Cherokee Trail High School & Technology Student Association (TSA) Advisor for Colorado contacted us with a request from a student we were surprised.  For this was no ordinary high school student.  Nick Johnson was determined to become a Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE) before he graduated and before he turned 18 years of age.

Ben has produced student champions for TSA and employable students with his pre-engineering program.  His students achieve Certified SolidWorks Associate and Certified SolidWorks Professional with 4 rigorous years of education and skilled based learning.   But to achieve CSWE, Nick had to spend hours on his own preparing for all the SolidWorks Certification exams required to achieve CSWE.

For final exams, hundreds of schools are now providing the CSWA exam to their students to prove engineering design competencies.  Schools on subscription that meet minimum requirements can offer CSWA exams to their students.  Exams are unique for each student and automatically graded.  The CSWA exam is given in 12 languages.  Educators can apply at

When I was teaching at Mass Bay Community College, the CSWA exam gave my students another opportunity in a competitive job market.  It was an exam they have for life long learning and throughout their career.

Mike Puckett announced last week that we have achieved over 80,000 CSWA’s!

We congratulate Nick, Ben and the students of Cherokee Trail High School that have accomplished so much.  Marie





Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard