It has been quite a while since I have been out to the Microsoft Certification site. At first glance, it looks like it has changed a lot. A little deeper digging shows me that I am not yet in danger of having completely outdated letters after my name. There is an interesting new tier of certification, "Microsoft Certified Master".
Oops! I meant this one:
Looked cool, but I dunno if I am interested in the specializations available at the Master level. There is a new MCPD for .NET 3.5, though. Looks like the upgrade tests are not ready.
I vacilate on upgrade tests. I did the upgrade test from Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000 MCSE. Man! What a nightmare. It was basically taking all 4 or 5 of the normal tests, except all at once. What is the benefit of that? When upgrading from Visual Studio 6 to .NET 1.1 MCSD, I just did all the normal tests, and then again from that to .NET 2.0 MCPD. But ... I have heard that the new upgrade tests aren't as much of a kick in the head. Maybe I'll try them again when the time comes.