You would be correct, if the training truly resulted in an instructor who could, in fact, go out and do everything a SS organization expected of them. But the reality is that cert does not necessarily provide that broad a base of understanding and performance. What many instructors fail to realize, is that a cert pin is merely "a license to learn". Some continue past the pin, to real learning, but I agree with S+G and Yd that this is rarely the case.
Like yourself, I have not found much benefit of being a member of PSIA- NATIONAL. They generate and spend a lot of dues money, produce a magazine (which by the time it hits my mailbox, is 6 months out of date), win lots of awards for advertising (and they think thats important to it's members) and style (but not for it's content), and sell alot of stuff to pro's at retail rates. So what does National do for me? Hell, they haven't even sent me my 20 or 25 year pins! And if asked directly what benefit they serve- their only credible answer is the manuals. Does it take such a top heavy organization to do that?
On the other hand, I believe strongly in our divisional organization! There are a lot of truly passionate people working, and volunteering to make it what it is. Though I may not always agree with some of their activities, I will continue to support it. After all, I was on the BoD for 5 years, and during and since that time, much has been accomplished!
Since each division is responsible for developing it's own ed programs and exams, supposedly based upon "National Standards", it relies on feedback from it's membership to formulate it's programming.
As far as motivating pro's to extend themselves beyond the pin, I think that this thread, and the one on "Mentoring", have quite a few interesting thoughts on this motivational aspect.
Obviously, money seems to be the starting point for many, while it should be the outcome. How many pro's perceive becoming a first rate pro as an interesting and exciting process?
Are you kidding? It involves time, effort and hard work! And will the results be recognized, or rewarded? Not in so many of the traditional ways. But if those pro's could ever experience the reward of a student making a true breakthrough, and the wonder which emerges from them, at their own abilities, then they would understand that money and recognition are nice, but this is better!
But we still have to eat. So I can't blame them completely for going after the "position and pay". After all, it is that which allows us to remain in the biz long enough to reach these levels of professionalism.
:[ January 05, 2003, 06:59 PM: Message edited by: vail snopro ]