License exam for what, exactly?
Crane operation is something that obviously should require the license, and of course isn't really a trade job. As far as welding goes, I can only speak of my father's experience with the lot, which was that most the tests he needed were online, albeit as a major bother, and the only thing he really needed was one odd class sponsored by Austal where they had also taken the expense of said class for the charity tax loss aspect. They didn't require an investment there. Though, he did ultimately do another
class later down the line to get a higher grade, I believe, that he did spend the money for. But by that point, he had the capital for it anyway. All the same, it wasn't just a test, it was a class. Though, I grant you, you needed to be experienced enough to know how to learn what was taught there, and some already knew it. Would've been better, in that regard, to simply have one test for the lot anyone can take. But I think with that, they're more worried people'll simply grab answers rather than actually learn.
All this said, though, I do agree with what you've said by large. It's over-regulated, and that's dumb, it really shouldn't be.
Most of this does have a reason
, however. It's just that it was implemented, as usual for the government, poorly.
Incidentally, some companies've essentially done the same thing to a much better effect by having their own internal licensing. But, problem is, of course, that's only in the company, not the full field. Lacks standardization.