Yet another item dropped from TechEd 2009 - Microsoft will not be offering on-site certification testing this year. Attendees will instead receive a voucher for 50% off a single Microsoft Professional Certification exam. If you attend any certification (CRT) session, you can upgrade your voucher to an "extra special" coupon where you pay only $25 to take an exam.
See the Microsoft TechEd Certification page for more details.
This is unfortunate, because I know quite a few people who plan on getting certified while attending TechEd. There's nothing like taking the exams at a venue where you're completely immersed in the technology.
I'm really beginning to believe that TechEd LA means "Lousy Attendance".