almost ALL licensing schemes are merely a racquet with the aim of protecting a privileged and credentialed few. You want to do surgery? Your medical license is meaningless–the hospital won’t let you operate without some kind of private credentialing. So tell me again, just what does licensing accomplish?
The case of hair braiders is only the thin edge of the wedge.
Licensing is a total failure. It doesn’t protect the public at all–I know many to whom I would not refer, and they are licensed! In fact, it makes things worse. Consumers don’t do their homework because they assume that state licensure is some kind of proof of competency. If there were none, people would be far more vigilant. And then licensing boards in most states demand that you buy Continuing Education in order to stay licensed, even though there is not a shred of evidence that such a scheme actually does any good. It is just a sop to the big CE companies. Licensing Boards are just lackeys for big business. New York and several other states have done away with it, as should everyone.
No, CE is totally bogus and worthless as education. It is ONLY payola for the CE companies. It’s just another tax. As I have said before, I don’t care if the presenter talks about fluffy bunnies as long as I get my CEs. So I get to pay for the seminar and then get to lose the money I would have made that day. All to make some bureaucrat feel important and powerful. Nice. Taking food out of my children’s mouths, what licensing does…