You bet. I didn't know we published these numbers but we do:
SOme interesting points. More .NET developers certify on Web applications than on Windows Applications. There haven been more Visual Studio 6.0 MCSD's than there are Microsoft .NET MCSD's. But it's clear that the latter will catch up. Also I see a very low number of certifications on VSTS. Probably because the certifications are recent.
Not sure how the situation is around the globe but in Belgium, there's definately a shortage of .NET developers. So if you're a .NET developer with a certification, you're going to be in a great position to negotiate.
Update: Just got a message from Tom Mertens about a deal that's running until January 2008. Apparently if you take an exam in that timeframe and fail, you get a free retrial (second shot information). For me (and other lazy people :-)) this would mean I first try to pass the exam without studying and then curse and study like hell for the retrial.
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
.NET Framework 2.0: Distributed Applications
.NET Framework 2.0: Web Applications
.NET Framework 2.0: Windows Applications
SQL Server 2005: Business Intelligence Development
SQL Server 2005
BizTalk Server 2006: Custom Applications
Business Desktop Deployment Solution Accelerator 2.0
Business Desktop Deployment with the BDD
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: Configuration
Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Application Development
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Configuration
Microsoft Team Foundation Server: Configuration and Development
Windows Mobile 5.0: Application Development
Windows Mobile 5.0: Configuration
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Application Development
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Configuration
Windows Vista: Configuration
Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
Visual Studio 6.0
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Let's say that 20% of the certified people are cheaters. I interviewed a few people who had certificates on .NET 2.0 with +90% score. When I asked a question (doing technical interviews) they didn't know how to get the AppSettings from the config file. So they used Braindumps.
Even the girl from pakistan or afghanistan of 10 years or 12 years old was certified. How can a kid have such a good .NET knowledge?
Make the exams more practical so you really have to know the things instead of studying them.