Well it looks like Microsoft have listened and decided to make 2 professional level certifications available for SharePoint. In SharePoint 2010 you will now be able to get certified as an MCITP and MCPD for SharePoint as well as the usual MCTS certifications.
For the IT Pros
New on for IT Pros are 2 certifications. MCTS SharePoint 2010 Configuring and MCITP SharePoint 2010.
70-667 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
Microsoft Official Curriculum: Will cover configuration of SharePoint 2010 including deployment, upgrade, management, and operation on a server farm.
70-668 PRO: SharePoint 2010, Administrator
Microsoft Official Curriculum: Will cover advanced SharePoint 2010 topics including capacity planning, topology designing, and performance tuning.
Also for developers there will be 2 new certifications. MCTS SharePoint 2010 Application Development and MCPD SharePoint 2010.
70-573 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
Microsoft Official Curriculum: Five-day instructor-led course designed for developers with six months or more of .NET development experience. Course covers what you need to know to be an effective member of a SharePoint development team using Visual Studio 2010.
70-576 PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
Microsoft Official Curriculum: Five-day instructor-led training course designed for development team leads who have already passed the Developing on SharePoint 2010 technical specialist exam. The course covers choosing technologies for and scoping a SharePoint project, best practices for SharePoint development, configuring a SharePoint development environment, advanced use of SharePoint developer features, and debugging of code in a SharePoint project.
These new certifications also feed into the Microsoft Certified Master certification for SharePoint 2010. The MCM for SharePoint 2007 required 4 MCTS certifications whereas the 2010 version will require the MCPD and MCITP for SharePoint 2010. The experience requirements have not yet been release nor has the how the upgrade will work from MCM 2007 to MCM 2010.
There will be no upgrade path from the MCTS 2007 to MCITP/MCPD 2010 due to the fact that there are Pro level certifications for 2007 making the upgrade process redundant.
More information can be got on the MS Partners site here. Release dates according to the documentation I have here estimate June 2010