Microsoft just introduced a new certification track MTA, Microsoft Technology Associate.
This is designed for the people who are seeking an entry point into the Microsoft technology world.

This track has exams especially designed for topics like:
  • .NET Fundamentals
  • Windows Development Fundamentals
  • Web Development Fundamentals
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Windows Operating System Fundamentals

etc…..

These exams will establish  a solid base for new Microsoft technology aspirants to become MCTS or MCSD certified later on.

An already experienced developer/professional in Microsoft Technologies, does need to earn this MTA exam, but having one won’t hurt, as all that matters is Rock Solid Fundamentals.