Microsoft has changed their certifications for 2012. As usual, they make it difficult to understand. I compiled all this information and put it into one table. I hope this helps any SQL people who plan on getting a certification.
(compiled from http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification-overview.aspx)
Also note these statements from their FAQ:
- The certifications have new names: MCSA, MCSE, MCSM, and MCSD (but that last one is not relevant to SQL)
- Over time, the legacy MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD certifications will retire
- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications will require recertification every three years