Certification Series – (CSWPA) Part 1. Drawing Tools

The Advanced Drawing Tools Exam

Getting your CSWP is an awesome achievement and can help take your career to the next level. But why stop there?

SOLIDWORKS offers a multitude of certifications that users can take to show off their skills in specific areas or fields of engineering.

In this post, follow along with me, Dan Lawrence, as I give you the 4-1-1- on the Advanced Drawing Tools Certification. Passing the Advanced Drawing Tools Exam will help you stand out to hiring managers and bring you one step closer to achieving your CSWE, which is the highest certification that SOLIDWORKS offers!

Dan Lawrence

Overview of the Exam

The Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools Exam is designed to test your knowledge of the tools and functionality found in the SOLIDWORKS Drawing environment. Some of the topics that the exam covers include:

  • Basic View Creation
  • Section Views
  • Auxiliary Views
  • Alternate Position Views
  • Relative to Model Views
  • Broken-out Section
  • View Focus when creating 2D geometry
  • Transferring sketch elements to/from Views
  • BOM Table
  • Item numbers and their display
  • Hide/show components
  • Linked notes
  • Importing Model Items

Total Questions: 20
Maximum Time: 100 minutes
Minimum of 150 points out of 200 points required to pass

Experience Preparing and Taking the Exam

There is an Exam Guide & Practice Test for the Advanced Drawing Tools Certification which is what I used for much of my preparation. The structure of this guide is nearly identical to the guide provided for the first segment of the CSWP Exam. It covers some of the important topics in the exam including creating different types of drawing views, locking the view focus, and creating and modifying a Bill of Materials Table. While taking the practice exam, try to answer the questions without looking at the answers as this will give yourself a better gauge at what topics you may need to work on more. Also, if you have a current subscription, take advantage of your MySOLIDWORKS account!  SOLIDWORKS provides a video walk-through of the sample exam.

Learning Goals and Tips

Due to the limitations of the testing environment, SOLIDWORKS does not test your detailing abilities. Instead, the questions are aimed to test your ability to manipulate Drawing Views as well as Bill of Material Tables. Here are a few techniques that I used while taking the exam.

Copy and Paste the Given Datum Lines

A few of the questions ask you to find the angle between an edge and a given datum line to see if you properly created the drawing view. But adding the dimension between the two entities may not be that straightforward.  A lot of times it requires the provided datum line to be copied and pasted. To do this, copy the datum line, lock the focus to the Drawing view in question, and then paste the line. Locking the drawing view focus before pasting ensures that the line will be able to be selected while creating the dimension. Just double click on the drawing view that you want to lock your focus on, or right click the view and choose Lock View Focus, as seen below.

Lock View Focus

Relative View and Named Views

Another common question will ask you to place a view of the model similar to a given image, but none of the Standard views will be in the same orientation. This requires some manipulation which can be done in two different ways. The first would be to use a relative to model or relative view. Creating a Relative view of the model allows you to choose two faces or planes from the model to be oriented in selected directions. To access this view, you will need to go to Insert > Drawing View > Relative to model.

Relative to Model Preview

The other way that you can customize the orientation of a drawing view is by creating a named view within the model itself. To do this, first orient your model correctly, press the space bar, and then click New View as seen in the picture below.

Customizing Orientation with New View

This will create a view that will be accessible from the view palette as well as the Model View PropertyManager.

Fix Your Entities

One of the questions asked for a line to be sketched perfectly on the border. Because the border is not selectable when you are not editing the Sheet Format, you cannot add a colinear relation. You will need to sketch a vertical or horizontal line beginning on an existing point and then, FIX THE ENTITY! This will prevent the line from moving and allow you to insert the remaining dimensions without any issues.

Fixing Entities with SOLIDWORKS

There you have it – some tips tricks that will surely come in handy when you take the Advanced Drawing Tools Exam.  Still feeling nervous about the test?  We offer SOLIDWORKS Training at all 3 of our locations. In fact, I’m one of the Certified Instructors that takes great pride in helping you learn! If you want to learn more, don’t hesitate in reaching out.