I respectfully disagree.
I have met, worked with and trained more than enough partners and consultants to know that the average consultant still has a long to way to go to really be up to date on the latest Dynamics GP release.
I also continue to argue that in online/Azure/cloud first world we will inevitably see consolidation of the technology layer into fewer players with fewer people. One big data center needs fewer administrators than 100 companies who have administer servers on premise. This argues for a better understanding of how to manage a business inside of GP, not how to manage technology.
Finally, if the Dynamics team has budgetary and P&L responsibility for all of the exams created they have other problems. For GP, the exam has barely changed in 5 versions, so the cost of updating should be minimal. Secondly, partners pay to take the exams so there is a revenue stream associated with them to offset the costs. Online training is going to deliver cost without offsetting revenue.
I still think that eliminating the exams was a mistake on Microsoft’s part and that it removes one of the few incentives for consultants to stay up to date.