Re: As a holder of various MS certs, I'm inclined to agree...
+1 on VMware. Had to become VCP certified for work by a certain date. No problem - 15 years of experience with various VMware products saw me through. Then, with a week and a half to go they tell me I have to also complete *their* course at £1400 to prove that I know the stuff that they'd just tested me on.
One hour. That's hire long it took to skip through the online modules quickly and then score >95% on the test at the end of *that*. Do you think that maybe I know my stuff?
Daylight robbery. And now I have 6 months to requalify or I lose my cert and have to do the course again. Dicks.