, spivonious wrote

In case anyone is interested, I ended up asking for the self-paced books and plan to take the tests. The boss feels it would be nice to get any extra knowledge that was missed through experience, and the cost is minimal without classes ($200 for books, $125 for each MCTS test).

Keep an eye out on the official MSFT certification page.  They usually offer moderate to severe discounts on the tests if you take them within a certain time frame (usually 1 year).