Thanks again everyone for the warm welcome.
For preparing for the exam, I used the official CEH prep guide as well as some custom quizzes I made using Quiz Master. I also used some example quizzes from Preplogic. My wife and kids (6 of them) also helped out with questions. On some of the topics I knew I was struggling with (I am a programmer not a networker), I would read the topic then write a series of questions. If the kids wanted me to do something for them, they had to ask a question off the question list.
My motivation for doing the CEH is difficult to answer. I became interested in computer security in the early 1990's after watching a news item about two Australian crackers (Electron and Phoenix). In 1995, I became a programmer and was voted the most dangerous person in my class (something to do with virus analysis). Then I started reverse engineering for the mental challenge. It always astounded me that (usually) one single byte in a binary file was the only thing protecting the software. Even software that required a hardware dongle!
While working as a programmer, I was always more interested in the latest exploits etc than writing code. Then last year I heard about the CEH course and decided a career change was in order.
I chose to do the CEH course in class. The only thing I can say about the class is that 5 days was not enough time. In a sense, I was lucky because I have been using *nix since 1995. Some of the networking guys struggled with using Linux during class time. I would strongly recommend that anyone taking the CEH that does not have a basic understanding of Linux installs Linux into a virtual machine and at least learn basic commands.
I have chosen to do the OSCP because I learn much more by doing. From what I understand, the OSCP qualification is highly respected as well. The CEH course was great, but there was a huge amount of theory, some of which was difficult to understand coming from a non-networking background. My only regret is that I didn't do the CEH much sooner.
I hope that I have provided some insight into my motivations etc.
@don: Australia truly is a beautiful country