I see where you are coming from, but I think that I'll have to agree with Eagle. Any time someone takes a course of any kind, I would call it education. I will tell you that here in Houston, not many have passed the Master's Test. I consider myself fortunate to have passed. It took me a year and 6 months, 2 nights a week of school to pass. So, in the nation's 4th largest city, there are fewer than 700 of us who hold a Houston Master's.
James, you sound like a guy who cares about the education level of our trade. The only people who can "raise the bar" are the people in authority. I will say also that we are responsible to "raise the bar" as much as we can on an individual basis.
The Watt Doctor