I spoke with Nate, who is a long time certification guy, who currently has 5 MCSE certifications.  But yesterday, he took his first MTA exam.  If you have been thinking about certification, but aren't sure if you want to get started, or are feeling like you wish there was a way to dip your toe into the waters of certification before committing to something really hard (like getting your MCSE in one week), you should hear what Nate has to say.