I am also doing this course. I have been developing PHP applications for the past few years (so I am somewhat a veteran) and decided to get the PHP certification while studying my BCom Information Systems through UNISA.
Im in the boat also...
Cudnt crack it last year coz time was against me... but 2008 putting shoulder to the wheel again. i guess we dats been coming on since last year, are kind of the 'veterans'
Hope you guys will enjoy the course ya