I took and passed the Microsoft 70-432 Exam yesterday, which gives me the MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance certification. This is one of three MCTS certifications for SQL Server 2008. The other two are for database development and for business intelligence. The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications are the entry level certifications for different aspects of each product (such as SQL Server).
The next level up is Microsoft Certified Technology Professional (MCITP), which also has three specialization areas. The main reason I took this exam was because I have been talking up getting certified to my students at University College quite a bit lately. Being certified is no substitute for knowledge and hands-on experience, but I think certification is a good thing to do. It shows that you have some initiative and that you care about maintaining your career. It also shows that you have a certain baseline level of knowledge, and that you can think under pressure. Most Microsoft exams give you about three minutes per question, so there is a little time pressure.
At any rate, I wanted to “walk the walk”, so I just scheduled the exam and took it the next day with no preparation. It would have been pretty embarrassing if I had failed, but luckily that did not happen. Next, I am going to take the 70-433 Exam, and then finish up the MCITP for both database administration and for database development.