Certifications and regulations are designed as barrier to entry and protect those already there from competition. Not to mention that there is a lot of money in running certification programs.
Competence is derived from experience and can easily be verified by references.
Originally Posted by PCP
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.