franco b wrote:
jpete wrote:Licensing is just paying the government for your right to rip people off.
That's just not true. It does at least guarantee some degree of experience and knowledge. In your case you could not get a NYC license until you worked in the trade for, I think, three years and passed an examination. No matter how expert you can still do bad work or cheat. It also allows the government to cancel the license of poor or cheating workers. On Long Island it was very important to license home improvement contractors to try to control the massive amount of fraud going on.
Those tests are so rudimentary, at least in my experience, that you could almost walk in with basic mechanical knowledge and pass them if not for the fact that I had to show proof of a minimum number of hours of schooling(which contributes to the increase in tuition).
And then I had to pay $75 just to walk in to the testing room. After I passed, I had to pay another ~$100 to get the license and then $180 every two years thereafter.
And as an apprentice, I currently have three state licenses. One to just BE an apprentice, one for oil burners, and one for gas appliances. And the state has it's hand out for all of them.
If I work really hard, I can give them more money to test again in two years so I can give them more money to be a Journeyman 2. After that, I can take three more years of school and work so I can make Journeyman 1. And then I can do it all over for Master 2 and Master 1.
And that is for ONE discipline. Just refrigeration. If I want pipefitting, I have to do the whole process again.
And NONE OF THAT
guarantees I'm actually GOOD at the job.
My father used to have a saying..."You know what they call a guy who finishes LAST in medical school?......DOCTOR!"