I happened to be leafing through one of the earlier chapters of a self-paced book for the MCP exam 70-536 (which sadly has been deprecated, though I still intend to finish it), when I came across a comment from Tony Northrup about the difficulties in benchmarking object and generic performance.
After about two years, I have finally found enough time to attempt to study for one of the MCP courses I am interested in.
I have to say I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth it or not. Professional Certifications seem to be favoured by HR personnel and managers, but by IT people? Not so much. The argument is that spending a significant amount of time on a training course (2 months is the average study time I believe) takes away from time working on your real projects, which is where your true skill is required and demonstrated.