This question is purely academic, but I'm curious what everyone thinks. My state requires 6000-8000 hours of experience and a test to become a licensed plumber/electrician (interestingly, no requirements for GCs). Do you think this is reasonable and necessary to get competent tradesmen? To me, the experience requirement seems excessive. It's difficult for me to believe it takes 4 years of work and study to learn to wire/plumb a house. I wired my own house and while I was slow as crap and had to make a few calls, passed inspection. I don't mean to offend anyone here--I'm sure most have met similar requirements and I certainly don't intend trivialize that effort. I'm interested in your take--does this requirement seem about right?