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Old 05-12-2012, 03:57 AM   #1
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http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/09/it...cational-hours

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Here's a horrifying fun fact about occupational licensing: "States consider an average of 33 days of training and two exams enough preparation for EMTs, but demand 10 times the training—372 days, on average—for cosmetologists."

Occupational practitioners, often through professional associations, use the power of concentrated interests to lobby state legislators for protection from competition though licensing laws.

Aspects of IJ's report will make your jaw drop. See, for instance, its ranking of occupations in order of most-to-least onerous licensing requirements:

http://ij.org/ol/report.php?table=3
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Occupational practitioners, often through professional associations, use the power of concentrated interests to lobby state legislators for protection from competition though licensing laws. Such anti-competitive motives are typically masked by appeals to protecting public health and safety, no matter how facially absurd. For example, the 2011 legislative session in North Carolina saw efforts to license music therapists. The enabling legislation’s introduction stated: “The North Carolina Music Therapy Practice Act is established to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare…”22

Similarly, the American Society of Interior Designers has waged a 30-year campaign in state legislatures seeking greater regulation of its industry, including occupational licensure.23 The cornerstone of its argument is the alleged threat to public health and safety from unlicensed interior design, yet time and again industry lobbyists have failed to produce actual evidence of consumer harm. State agencies have similarly been unable to document a need for licensing interior designers, and such claims of harm have also failed independent scrutiny.

Once practitioners enjoy the benefits of a sheltered occupation, they seldom let it go without a fight. It took multiple years and two separate lawsuits to force legislators in Louisiana, the only state to license florists, to merely reduce the licensure requirements. In the process, representatives from the florist industry fought hard against any changes to the law. The head of the state florist association argued that the licensure regime protected consumers by upholding high professional standards. The head of the state horticulture commission agreed: “If they [aspiring florists] can’t take the instruction and pass the exam, how can they do an arrangement that you and I want to buy?”25

Such arguments fly in the face of common sense—how do consumers manage in the other 49 states and D.C.?—
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I like the Stossel interview with the lobbyist supporting the NYC taxi regulation and the $1m token. I can't find the quote from that guy, it's priceless.

Newcomers should be squeezed out...because this is a regulatred industry. I get paid by the hour.

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Getting hair done correctly is of far greater importance then getting a critically ill patient stabilized and to the hospital in a safe manner.
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as well as learning how to maintain and cut fresh flowers. i almost failed the test but i have my license.
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At least you'll look good when you die.
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Getting hair done correctly is of far greater importance then getting a critically ill patient stabilized and to the hospital in a safe manner.
EMT's do not do this. There is an enormous difference between an EMT and a Paramedic. An EMT is one very small step above a First Responder. An EMT would NEVER be given the responsibility for a critically ill patient as they cannot administer medications and their overall scope is very limited.

However, the 33 days of training quoted by that article doesn't also factor in the COLLEGE LEVEL prerequisites that most EMT programs require in order to receive a course completion certificate from that college.

In order to be employed as an EMT, you must also have a high-school diploma or GED, drivers license, satisfactory physical exam, be free from certain diseases, have a clean background check (no felonies) of some kind, clean driving record, no mental health issues etc... NONE OF WHICH is required for a hairdresser.

Just about anybody can take an EMT course as long as you have whatever pre-req's that particular community college requires. Completing the course will allow you to take your state exam, which will earn you a license, providing you meet the requirements in that state for obtaining one. SIMPLY HAVING THE CERTIFICATION DOES NOT ACTUALLY MEAN YOU CAN GET HIRED AS AN EMT. Almost anybody can take the course, even more can get certified... but getting hired can be a challenge.
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i am an emt in pa.
all you can really do is give oxygen.
so i am not really that surprised.
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i am an emt in pa.
all you can really do is give oxygen.
so i am not really that surprised.
I want you to take a few minutes and reflect on what your life would have been like had you been born with a club foot.

NOW STOP BUMPING MONTH OLD THREADS, even if you feel you can contribute.
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