@cpamario: We just discussed this on a meet up how we all missed the list of certifications listing all the years. To me, I wore that as a badge of honor.
Since the revamp of the algorithm of the Find a ProAdvisor site, I only get leads from my tiny town. No longer do they come from Ft. Myers to Naples because I do not live there. Even though I had higher credentials and more reviews. So, basically, that avenue of lead generation dried up. Prior to the change, it was a robust way of generating business.
I think this one stings because the test was so difficult. We spent hours learning, watching the training videos, etc. Personally, the desktop advanced cert took me months to do it. Lots of studying. The content was fantastic and I learned a lot. So, I guess if I had to make lemons into lemonade, that will be what I hang on to from this change to the certifications and the discontinuation of the Advanced Desktop Cert.