Billy made a comment about wishing for licensing of our profession. I think this merits discussion. I sent a survey out to all NJ lighting professionals to elicit their opinions on landscape lighting and the law. About half were in favor of some sort of low voltage licensing - the other half were not. Half of the 50 states require some form of low voltage licensing. These licenses were put in effect primarily to protect the public from electrical shock, fire and deceptive business practices. In my opinion, all three factors are non-issues for landscape lighting. Electrical shock: no risk under 30 volts - never caused a serious injury in human history. Fire: slight risk due to three things - undersizing wire, running wire through a structure with no conduit and burying fixtures in mulch. That takes about 10 minutes to learn. Deceptive business practices: most states already require some type of contractor registration, or at least make some effort to protect consumers from all types of business fraud. This is an issue for all professions - no need to have a separate license for each industry for this protection. Then we have the desire for our professionals to distinguish themselves as leaders in their profession - to give them advanced skills and a selling advantage. In my opinion, this advantage is best gained by seeking out the various types of education, certification and degrees already available (and yet to come). There are manufacturer certifications, the AOLP, PLANET's certification. There are also more advanced programs for lighting designers that focus more on commercial work such as offered by the IALD, PLDA, LRC and IESNA. There's also lighting design programs at a number of universities. These are all optional opportunities for landscape lighting professionals. To imagine that any of them would be mandatory in any state (or every state) is to imagine an unnecessary burden on those who can do great work without them. Let's remember that our profession is primarily an artistic profession. Do fine art painters need a license? Do sculptors? Do illustrators? Filmmakers, photographers? For a great read on the epidemic of over-licensing in this country read the following report (featured in the NY Times): http://www.reason.org/ps361polsum.pdf.