Originally Posted by smurphny
Licenses and training and red tape often have little correlation with actual competence. .... Unfortunately many of the pieces of paper hung on walls and submitted in resume's are quite meaningless. The thing NONE of these credentialing processes measure is common sense and the ability to use knowledge when it counts.
Come on what are you saying? That a highly qualified Captain is no more competent than an amateur sailor in what regards taking decisions in what regards the safety of a ship? I am not talking about miraculous exceptions, I am talking about reality.
Our civilization and culture has as base qualifications and specializations for everything that we do that requires knowledge.
Do you have as much confidence on the advise of a guy that has an interest in medicine than on the one that is of formal trained doctor?
Do you think that we should not qualify formally professionals because "Licenses and training and red tape often have little correlation with actual competence"
Would you fell safe in knowing that the guy that is flying the commercial airplane where you are flying in is just an amateur with some experience?
Or that the stability calculations for the house where you live in (on a 20 store building) where not done by a professional engineer but by an amateur that has some experience?