Last week I received an email indicating that MySQL had made available an entry level certification, the Certified MySQL Associate. The idea is to provide a certification which shows a person has some basic knowledge of MySQL, but not at the level of a developer or DBA. That's a great idea.
Not everyone needs a developer's or DBA's knowledge of a product to make use of it. This is true whether we're talking about MySQL or SQL Server. After all, we don't expect an end user to know how to fully administer a Windows XP / Vista system, but the basics of how to use it, that's well within the bounds of expectations.
I haven't had time to pursue a MySQL certification, mainly because of work and professional activities. However, this may be one worth studying for because it's not as intensive as the other two, and will allow me to validate to myself that I have at least a passing knowledge of how to use MySQL.