Re: Not again: certification

Subject: Re: Not again: certification
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 09:10:01 -0700

"Gilger.John" wrote:
> A close look at history will show that "certification", "licensing",
> "union", "degree", and other schemes are nothing more than a bunch of people
> getting together and restricting entry into their field of endeavor while
> enriching themselves off the wannabes.

Yes, there can be elements of all these things in certification,
especially protectionism. However, your statement is far too sweeping.

On the positive side, certification can provide proper training and
consumer reassurance and protection, both of which tend to raise the
stature of a profession.

The trouble is, modern society has lived with certification for so long,
and has such a poor sense of history that the average person often
forgets the reasons why it was put into practice in the first place.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com

"And Tyler smiles, Tyler smiles,
At an angry crowd stretching miles and miles,
Six hundred years, and the lesson wasn't learned."
- Attila the Stockbroker, "Tyler Smiles (22nd November, 1990)"


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