I have decided to take the plunge and write the MySQL Associate exam next week. It's not really a must have certification for me (in fact I don't actually need a MySQL certification as I mainly work with SQL Server 2008, we only use MySQL on our helpdesk system) but it gives me a chance to ease back into the certification game.
My basic strategy is:
1. Gain MySQL Associate ceritifcation.
2. Try focus and get ITIL Foundation out of the way by early September.
3. Get over my fears and get MCTS 70-432 done by year end.
I have been putting off (read - scared) of doing the database admin MCTS since the SQL 2005 days and keep finding excuses to put it off, hopefully if I ease myself back gently into hte world of exams I can gather enough courage.
On the MySQL Associate front - to me it seems even Oracle themselves don't take it too seriously. There's very little information available, in fact apart from the MySQL Certification Guide (from which one has to pick chapters to study) there's no real dedicated resource. It's a bit of a pity because I think it's a good entry point for those wanting to test their basic SQL skills. Anywa, I'll know next week whether I have made a good decision or just added another failed exam under my cap (I still have bad memories of the CCNA exam I failed 3 times way back in 2003.......made me give up on Cisco though now I realise I was nowhere near ready).