I can see where this is going... the master plumbers are basically the board these days.
They have similar views...to use an army of plumbers,gasfitters and drainlayers shackled by upskilling to power their new quest for wealth and industry dominance.
Its no secret in my town that everyone jumped at the free cpd courses held by suppliers/manufacturers even if it meant listening to their new product pitch. The problem the board and master plumbers faces is it left their courses with dwindling numbers. Everyone i know that would walk into the merchant and see a master plumbers course sign up sheet pinned to the entrance wall would say and i quote "Fu*k that",...both young and older tradesman. The problem is alot of their courses were $170.00-$200.00 PLUS and you would gain like 6-8 points.
Getting to the heart of my point in this post is i agree with the information in this issue of the fellow practitioner where the board faces an issue where they must make it more difficult for suppliers/manufacturers to get there courses approved. They need to squeeze down the number of courses available so more if not eventually all practitioners are forced to take on the extra burden of financing the master plumbers latest finance generating scheme. As it stands in my area, people stay away as the cost is stupid, take the cheaper option if its available. Being only a lowly registered, plumber, gasfitter and drainlayer I already feel like i work with so called perverbial shackles on...this will make it worse and yet again more expensive to earn a living!!