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SolidWorks Training Courses

Common SolidWorks training questions

Our SOLIDWORKS training curriculum covers all of the products we sell. We can also create bespoke, customised content. We deliver courses from our own training centres, locations specifically hired when a new location is needed and from customer sites when requested. Below you can read through a list of frequently asked questions. If you still have more you would like to know please contact us.

Course summaries

Our courses provide a flexible learning path approach to how you learn to use the SOLIDWORKS products. Divided into beginner and advanced levels, you are able to build a customised learning plan to suit your needs and meet your design requirements.

Where are your SolidWorks training locations?
We have 6 regular training venues around the country but we also add occasional ones (such as Thetford and Horsham) when there is sufficient demand. You can see a map of our locations below.
Can you do on-site training for my company?

Yes. We are able to organise training courses for your teams on-site. We can use our own training equipment or your own (if suitable).

Can I train online from home?

We do not advise this as a practical format to learn SolidWorks. Our courses are classroom based and instructor led using manuals, whiteboards demonstrations and breakouts.

What time do training courses start?

Training courses are full day and usually start at 9am. (On the first day we usually start at 9:30am)

What time does the course end?

We end training courses between 5:00 and 5:30 each day although on a full week course we usually end slightly earlier on the Friday.

Can I split a course into different weeks?

It is possible for you to split our Essentials course into the first three days (Mon – Wed) then the remaining two days (Thu – Fri) on a subsequent week.

Are you a certified training centre?

Yes. All of our courses are officially authorised through Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Corporation and delivered by certified trainers.

What qualifications do I get at the end of the course?

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate proving your completion. Our training courses provide the basis for you to take the official SOLIDWORKS Certification exams such as the Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP).

Is there an exam at the end of the course?

No. The structure of the course involves a number of practical sessions throughout the week. You are provided with a certificate to prove you have completed the full course.

Do you have local accommodation you can recommend?

Yes. We keep an up-to-date list of local accommodation for most of the venues we use. These usually come in the form of recommendations from previous attendees. Information on these is available once your booking is confirmed.

What equipment do I need to bring?

None. We provide everything you need to complete the course.

Is lunch provided?

Yes. Food is provided (buffet style) each lunchtime, with refreshments throughout the rest of the day. We can cater for specific dietary requirements if notified at time of booking.

What do I need to do to prepare for the course?

There are a list of recommended pre-requisites for each course. Please see each course page for details.

How many others will be on the course?

We structure our classroom based training for groups of between four and eight people. This allows for the trainer to offer full attention to individual needs.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is no charge for cancellations made up to 7 days before the course begins. There is a re-booking fee of £100 payable if a cancellation is made within 7 days of the course start date. There is a re-booking fee of £250 payable by delegates who do not turn up for the course.

Can I swap with a colleague who can’t attend?

Yes. We can arrange for an alternative colleague to attend the course. However this is not possible if the course has been booked as part of the training promise or the course has been purchased as part of a ‘Training Passport’.

Can you explain your training promise?

Simply put – you can resit a course in full within one year of the original start date free of charge. This promise has been created in recognition that it is not always possible to put your new found skills to use immediately after taking a course. If several months pass before you are able to work with SOLIDWORKS in a proper working environment, some of what you have been taught may have been forgotten. The training promise from Cadtek ensures that your investment in our training is never wasted.

Who will I be trained by?

All of our trainers are fully qualified to teach SOLIDWORKS. They have each been officially certified by Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS Corporation as part of a joint commitment to the highest levels of training and support.

How long does my training voucher remain valid?
Normally a training voucher is valid for 12 months.
What is the dress code?
Our usual suggestion for trainees is office casual but you are welcome to attend in whatever you feel comfortable in. All our training rooms are air conditioned.
5 Days

SOLIDWORKS Essentials

5 DAYS

This is the starting point for any SOLIDWORKS learning path…

Advanced Part Modelling

3 DAYS

Multi-body solids, sweeping and lofting – also covering advanced shaping techniques

Sheet Metal

2 DAYS

Building sheet-metal parts and producing flattened manufacturing output

Simulation Fundamentals

1 DAY

Ideal starting point for those unfamiliar with broader concepts of stress analysis

PhotoView 360

1 DAY

Photo-realistic rendering of images using lighting, scenes, decals and appearances

Routing - Piping & Tubing

2 DAYS

Explains how to create, edit and manage piping and tubing routes in SOLIDWORKS

Advanced Assemblies

2 DAYS

This advanced course covers topics involved in creating large assemblies

Advanced Surface Modelling

2 DAYS

This course teaches the more advanced techniques for handling freeform shapes

Weldments

1 DAY

Efficient methods to create welded structures with standard structural members

Simulation

3 DAYS

From meshing to evaluation. Then analysing results in parts and assemblies

Electrical 2D

2 DAYS

Single and multi-line electrical schematics using extensive symbols/parts libraries

Mould Design

2 DAYS

Teaches several mould creation techniques and how to best use the tool

Our Training Promise

We understand how difficult getting time away from the office can be but often people forget how difficult it can be to put into practice what you have been taught on a course as soon as you get back. Project deadlines, work pressures and other work demands sometimes make it difficult to get straight back to work and to start using your new skills straight away. Recognising this we came up with Cadtek’s Training Promise. If, at anytime within one year of first taking your training course, you feel that you have not been able to benefit fully from your training you are free to come back and attend the same course again… completely free of charge.

Learning Paths and SOLIDWORKS Certification

Furness Vale Head Office & Training Centre

Furness Vale Head Office & Training Centre

Calico Lane
Station Road
Furness Vale
High Peak
SK23 7QA

High Wycombe Training Centre

Bourne End Office & Training Centre

6 The Courtyard
Furlong Road
Bourne End, Bucks
SL8 5AU

London Training Centre

London Training Centre

Centa House
1 Euston Road
London
WC1H 8BB

Bournemouth Training Centre

Bournemouth Training Centre

Bristol & West House
17/19 Post Office Rd
Bournemouth
BH1 1BL

Sheffield Training Centre

Sheffield Training Centre

99 Parkway Avenue
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S9 4WG

Bristol

The Edge, University of Bath

Nuneaton Training Centre

Nuneaton Training Centre

Eliot Park Center
Barling Way
Nuneaton
CV10 7RH

Norfolk Training Centre

Keystone Innovation Centre

Croxton Road Thetford Norfolk IP24 1JD

Cambridge Training Centre

The Trinity Centre

24 Cambridge Science Park

Milton Road

Cambridge CB4 0FN

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