i have an MCITP in MS SQL 2008 R2 Development so ask away!
The exams you need to do are rather confusing i will certainly agree.. i spent about 2 hours looking on Thursday at what upgrade exams i need to do for SQL Server 2012
I'm also doing my Web Development i.e. jQuery, ASP.NET, C# etc ones at the same time, and they have changed the name of those now, but the main reason is that they are the same tech for Windows 8 Application dev, so i can forsee these becoming very relevant
These are on top of 7 years experience, strings to the bow and all that