Certification Denies Jobs For High School & College Graduating Students

Unnecessary Certification Causes Employment Barriers:


This is a short essay on the unscrupulous tactics used to exclude people from careers and professions.  We’re talking about the exclusion/denial of people who deserve the opportunities, and those people with the talent to succeed in a specific, particular occupation.


The average high school graduate or college graduate would in many instances be capable of learning to do the tasks of the job once they are hired. However those people are being closed out and delayed in having these opportunities to work.


It simply happens when a clique develops within a specified field of work, and then those groups of people decide to hire only their relatives and other people that they know and like. They do this instead of allowing open hiring opportunities for a wider group of people. But it doesn’t end there, because in order to truly keep up that exclusionary practice, the decision is made to make the job a specialty that requires certification by some group or organization. Not surprisingly, the same original clique of people form some of these certifying groups so that the practice becomes systemic.


Although the certification is required as a requisite for entry to these jobs, unbeknownst to most is that some people still get a waiver from these hiring rules behind the scenes.   In other cases the certification process is skewed in favor of relatives and friends.


Institutions and businesses tend to develop a culture of possessiveness that employs hyper-control techniques for specialization and professionalism. It often seems to be an over-rated specialization & professionalism that can ignore the true requisite skill-sets necessary for successfully carrying out required tasks.


This practice also happens within federal, state, and municipal civil service type jobs where a particular field of work has rules promulgated toward heightened specialization to set a higher bar beyond the civil service regulations for hiring which again limits opportunities for people who might otherwise be capable to do the work.


All of this does cause missed opportunities for having the most talented, most teachable, and most naturally creative innovators. The most genuinely hands on personality types may also be excluded.


There is nothing wrong with having a Subject Matter Expert (SME) that has gained practical knowledge and experience. But have we gone too far with having so many fields of work requiring certification of the workers that they hire?


Have we gone over-board on specialization to a point of an overly narrow focus while missing the wider view?


Can the professionalism (requiring License/Certification) of certain work fields be unnecessary, useless, and wrong?




Jeffry Gilbert Added Jan 27, 2017 - 8:53pm
Ask your pilot that next time you board an aircraft. 
Opes Added Jan 27, 2017 - 9:08pm
Dear Jeffry, You seem to have mistakenly concluded that the comments were meant to include every occupation.
Autumn Cote Added Jan 28, 2017 - 1:00am
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Leroy Added Jan 28, 2017 - 10:47am
It happens in many professions, especially the ones where almost any one could learn to do or might have a natural propensity for the job.  Prime examples would be hairdressers and realtors.  If barriers weren't in place, everybody and his brother and sister would be realtors.  My father was a realtor.  He never had any training because he was grandfathered.  My sister is a realtor.  She owns her own realty.  She is as incompetent as they come.
George N Romey Added Jan 28, 2017 - 5:37pm
Opes I talk to many millennials. To get on a good career path they need training beyond college but companies are no longer willing to invest in promise.  Companies want people ready to go day one.
There are a few exceptions.  One is actually an airline.  JetBlue is now recruiting college grads with good grades and reasoning skills to train to become their future pilots.  Sadly that is the rare exception. 
Tamara Wilhite Added Jan 28, 2017 - 7:21pm
The Institute for Justice found that simply requiring a state license and fees to do so raises pay rates for the licensed people 10% because it shuts out around that many from that career path. When they require state licensing, continuing education credits to maintain licenses and registration, the people with permits get 10-20% more pay because they've shut out a large percentage of those who can't afford it.
Then you get insane demands like telling hair braiders and eyebrow threaders to go to 1000 hours of beauty school to get a license, and nothing the school teaches is related to their job.
Leroy Added Jan 29, 2017 - 12:34am
Tamara, that is pretty much what my wife experienced.  She was told she would have to go to a beauty school at a cost of about $35,000 before she could be certified to do something unrelated to what she wanted to do.
Opes Added Jan 29, 2017 - 8:46pm
Beauticians and Barbers are some of the examples where these cert requirements and license fees cause unnecessary burdens on people in terms of debt, and locking people out.
The college grads are faced with cert requirements for many counseling jobs, preschool work, and several technician jobs too.
Tamara Wilhite Added Jan 30, 2017 - 5:51pm
The Institute for Justice found that by requiring registration or certification, it raises wages for those with the credential by 10% because it locks others out of the profession. This is why jobs from florists to hair dressers to engineers are being told to have a credential of some type - around a third of all jobs.
And once a group has that credential in place, they raise the bar with continuing education and annual fees to lock out as much competition as possible. That helps members but hurts people trying to get these typically low skill jobs and customers paying more for their services.
The idiocy comes in when they try to say that a hair braider or eyebrow threader has to go to beauty school to get the credential though the "training" doesn't cover what they want to do.
Opes Added Jan 30, 2017 - 6:22pm
It seems counterproductive to employing a massive number of people, but what can be done to roll back these schemes? It would go a long way to bring about more responsibility and financial independence for so many people if the jobs in these fields could be opened up in the low tech and no tech type jobs. Also there are many, many blue collar and no collar jobs that have unnecessary barriers of fees, license, and certification.
George N Romey Added Jan 30, 2017 - 6:34pm
It feeds the for profit college gimmick.
Opes Added Jan 31, 2017 - 11:58am
George N Romey
That is completely correct!!!  It is absurd that the University/College salaries and tuition fees have out paced inflation during a decade of slow to no expansion of the economy.  The student debt with parent(s) debt in support is unjust in relation to the ROI in too many instances.