Originally Posted by smurphny
No one is saying that there shouldn't be training for different professions. It is just that the training does not at all guarantee that a person is competent. You can see it in every profession: engineering, teaching, emergency services, legal, etc. Some people are just not cut out to do certain jobs but they put the time in to get that "certificate." It fools other people into thinking they actually can do a certain job.
In some cases, such as teaching, ridiculous amounts of red tape, designed to support a HUGE bureaucracy keeps very competent people from entering the profession.
That is not the point. The point is that a highly qualified professional for a job is normally much more capable at that job then an unqualified one, in what regards sailing captains or in other any activity. If it was not like that governments would not invest huge amounts of money in qualification and education of professionals for all kinds of jobs.
It is so obvious to me that I cannot see what you guys are trying to say. Of course there are incompetents in all qualified professions but certainly much more incompetents on unqualified ones. That's one of the reasons why they did not manage to qualify themselves to do anything except basic stuff that anybody can do without a need to learn a lot. That is also the reason qualified professions are better paid.