An Investigation into the Value and Benefits of the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program

Joseph Ottway, Rustin Webster
2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
This descriptive research study explores the perceived value and benefits of the SOLIDWORKS certification program for students and working professionals. In the last decade, computer-aided design (CAD) certifications have grown in availability and popularity, and CAD software vendors and resellers have made bold claims concerning their value. However, minimal evidence-based research has been conducted to explore the actual value gained from obtaining such a certification. This study involved
more » ... use of an online survey given to a cross-sectional sample of certified SOLIDWORKS professionals located in the western region of the United States. Students, educators, and SOLIDWORKS employees and resellers were excluded in an attempt to reduce survey bias. LinkedIn® InMail™ messages containing the survey link were sent to 182 individuals, of which 36 (19.78%) responded. Results show respondents generally perceive SOLIDWORKS certifications as valuable and the benefits of obtaining a certification outweigh the cost. Students achieving a SOLIDWORKS certification may experience a competitive advantage over non-certified candidates when applying for a job. Earning a SOLIDWORKS certification demonstrates a benchmark skillset and indicates a candidate's level of interest in professional development. In general, this paper sheds light on an emerging academic and professional development trend and more specifically, calls for additional research studies investigating the impact of vendor-controlled certification programs.
doi:10.18260/1-2--32079 fatcat:esnlnqtiezcdxau6s263tji474