User-Generated SOLIDWORKS Certification Training is Changing the Game

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“I am a student trying to democratize <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS education,” reads the “About” tab for SolidWorks Lucas, Lucas Crupi’s YouTube channel. Lucas is well known within in the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS community. When he was 15-years-old, he became one of the youngest Certified <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Experts (CSWE) in the world. Now, with his 17th birthday just around the corner, he wants to share his knowledge with others to help students of all ages get certified and become better <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS users. With his YouTube channel, which is officially supported by the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Certification Program, he is well on his way to achieving his goals.

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Lucas discovered <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS as a 14-year-old when he joined his high school’s first ever FIRST Robotics team. After researching the design solutions available to new teams, Lucas chose <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS. There were no <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS mentors in his school, however so he had to learn how to use the software on his own, and learn he did. In December 2019, only a few months after his 15th birthday, Lucas passed the CSWE exam. He was not necessarily trying to be one of the youngest CSWEs in the world, but it was certainly a perk. “I was just going for [the CSWE] so that I could know I was competent in the software,” he explained.

“One of the most common questions we get when people hear that users as young as 15 years old are passing the CSWE exam is ‘How hard must it be?’” said Mike Puckett, Senior Manager of the Worldwide Technical Certification Program for SOLIDWORKS. The CSWE is the most challenging exam offered by <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS so when Mike started hearing about students in high school passing it, he reached out to the younger CSWEs to try and understand if there was something off track with the exam. “But when I started talking to them and seeing their work, I quickly understood that these individuals didn’t have some secret to passing the CSWE exam,” Mike said. “They were just that good at using <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS.”

Lucas is incredibly good at using <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS, and he worked hard to get there. To help him prepare for his exams, Lucas used the resources and learning paths found on MySolidWorks. He found them to be very informative and helpful, but thought he could see room for improvement.

This led to the creation of Lucas’s YouTube channel. After learning so much and passing eight <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS certification exams, proving his knowledge and working with his FIRST team, he wanted to spread the wealth, so to speak. He currently has three series running on his channel, “Zero to CSWP” (Certified <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS Professional), his “Ultimate Weldment Design Series,” and “Cracking the CSWE,” which covers CSWE preparation, and he has more series based around <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS certification planned.

In his videos, Lucas is approachable, enunciates, and holds your hand (not too tightly) as he takes you on a fast-paced journey through the <span data-cmtooltip='Visit Solidworks‘ class=”glossaryLink”>SOLIDWORKS UI, tools, and functionality. As Lucas teaches the basics, he also shares best practices, helping designers and engineers build good

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