The Born to Learn Blog just announced that registration is now open for the SharePoint 2010 beta exams. Head over to their blog to get the registration codes as these let you take the test for free and if you pass you get the full certification. The idea is you do the TS one first and the PRO one is a bit more tech lead/architect based.
I think the exams are a great way to learn about more than what you focus on day-to-day as they cover a wide range of features included in the SharePoint platform. So if you have been working with SharePoint for a while now is a great chance to have a shot as there is nothing to lose (apart from a bit of pride perhaps).
You can sign up for an exam at http://www.register.prometric.com/ClientInformation.asp although when I booked yesterday it took a few attempts to get through and places were filling up fast. The following exams are available:
IT Pro exams
There is also a webcast today covering what you need to know for the 70-573 exam – details at http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/btl/b/weblog/archive/2010/05/12/live-meeting-sharepoint-server-information-worker-and-collaboration-month.aspx.
If you are interested in being one of the first to know about new exams check out the Born to Learn blog post about becoming a Subject Matter Expert. This involves filling in a short survey on the Microsoft Connect site about your experience, and which development activities you want to be part of (e.g. take a beta exam).