The Guild-ed Age
The Government’s Here to Protect You from Your Florist
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  • Matthew Schultz

    I recently ran into this problem trying to get work in financial services. I’m told I’d do well in the field, but it turns out you need to get some number of certifications, which I suppose is fine in of itself. However, you can’t actually sit for the relevant exams without a company sponsoring you.

    As a result, I’ve moved my job search to another field. Frustrating.

  • We need to make a distinction here.

    Licensing just so government can collect taxes and syndicates can control the supply of a commercial service is bad.

    Licensing based upon demonstrated skill and knowledge is legitimate, as used in the professional traded like welding, HVAV, and increasingly in computer and technology-based industries.

    • rheddles

      You need to distinguish between licensing and certification. Licensing is done by government to collect taxes and control supply. But certification is done by an independent third party to indicate that standards have been met.

  • Loader2000

    I’ll be clear, unless my health and/or safety are at risk, I absolutely do not want the person I hire to be licensed, not if it means higher cost of services and barrier to entries. I know how to use Angie’s list and do not need a state sanctioned licensing monopoly throwing sand into the gears of the economy.
    That being said, I am very glad that doctors, dentists and perhaps some building professionals are licensed. However, I absolutely do not want my florists, accountants, computer scientists, or hair professionals licensed.

    What infuriates me is that there is a movement right now to license my profession (statisticians). The American Statistical Society has started offering certificates that certify one is an approved statistician by the American Statistical Society. It is utter nonsense. The skill sets involved in a given job (as statistician) are so uniquely different from job to job that a certification has no value and if they ever become required, it will simply be another stupid loophole we as statisticians have to jump through in order to supply to the American Statistical Society with funds and increased influence.

  • LarryD

    Abolish “grandfathering” current practioners when licenseing a vocation. Everyone should have to pass the full tests each licenseing cycle.

    We can also discourage such rent seeking by placing licensed occupations under price controls (as goverment created cartels).

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