From the article:
Unlike builders, plumbers, electricians and other trades people, IT professionals can practice freely without any regulation or accreditation, a situation that, according to Australian Computer Society president-elect Philip Argy, is in need of change.
"Most people appreciate that if you're going to get building work done, you will choose a licensed builder," Argy said, adding that trades people like electricians and plumbers have a base level of certification behind them, but IT professionals do not.
Argy said that what's important is not the licensing per se, but the process that gives people a comfort level.
The ACS has long championed the idea of a 'licence', or similar certification program for IT professionals so that employers have a standard to refer to when recruiting.
I don't know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Even though plumbers, builders, used car dealers are all licenced operators, you still get dodgy ones. And even when people do get some sort of professional certification like an MCSE, they aren't much better than someone who hasn't paid Microsoft a bundle of cash. But on the positive side it will help the customer decide who they employ or which company they outsource their work to.
What do you think?