Microsoft have recently announced an Architecture Certification Program(me).
I have always been a bit wary of certification in the IT arena because it always seems to have been focussed on clicking the right buttons rather than on any form of aptitude towards the role. Assessing people’s aptitude can be quite difficult. But in going for a peer review process I think that they have probably hit onto the best way of assessing peoples architecture abilities.
Richard Godfrey has already been through it, and it looks fairly rigorous.
It will be nice to have a development goal to aim for.