Lynn Pettis (3/3/2010)
They could tier the certifications, as well. One level for those that have passed the certification tests, but lack real worled experience, a higher level for those with verifiable experience of 1 -3 years, 4 - 6 years, etc. I would think each level would also require tougher testing requirements.
I like the idea of having levels associated with your experience. I'm not sold on each level having tougher testing requirements... that would require re-taking tests (and more $ spent). (Not opposed to it, just not sold on it...)
IIRC, Microsofts certs now expire after 3 years. If that is still the case, you still need to recert periodically. As a USSF and High School Soccer referee, I have to recertify annually, and as you progress up, the tests become harder and the standard tighter. I haven't moved from being a USSF Grade 8 to Grade 7 just because I am not really interested in it. Too much other things going on and at my age, that would probably be about as far as I go. Now, 20 years or so ago, I'd have kept looking at moving up.
With regard to various levels of certification in Microsoft technologies, tougher tests for those with experience, why not. Slightly higher number of points to progress to the next level, again why not. A lower level of points to retain a specific level.
TDWI has two levels in thier certifications. Which level you are at depends on how you score on the test. TDWI also requires submitting 120 recertification credits during the three years your Certification is active. They have a wide range of ways to obtain those creadits, from taking College/University courses, seminars/vendor courses, conferences with eduational content, teaching/lecturing/presenting, published articles/books, taking exams, other certifications, self study.