What is the process a DIYer has to go through to become a skilled tradesperson? Are the only options apprenticeships, or are there other paths to follow to learn a trade/become licensed?
What type of training does it take to become a general contractor? Are there apprentice contractors?
A guy I know is a contractor, but his only qualifications were that he had a van and the money to print up some business cards. Is this all it takes to be a contractor?