In all my years of building as a Project Superintendent, I have seen many licensed contractors that were not qualified. Just because they have a licensed does not make them qualified at all. My son is a Physical therapist on the road and he comes across patients that had knee surgeries that were completely botch and had to be done again by qualified surgeons.
Same goes for contractors of any trade. The license does not make them qualified.
Some contractors have been through extensive training and evaluation to be able to qualify for their role as a contractor where they will be capable of handling long-term complex projects. The contractor is now able to make multiple decisions, draw reason, and come to reliable conclusions. This confirmation gives relief to the clients that the contractor is competent and confident that they can finish the client’s work in a very fine format.
As with Doctors, contractors that have the proper training with a grade of an A or a B, is much more qualified to do the work compared to a Doctor or contractor with a grade of a C or a C- , but still got his licensed.
So how do you find a qualified Contractor, by research, qualifications and word of mouth.
I have come across licensed contractors that I would not accept their work and gone to their employer to have them replaced. This is a group of people that are book smart and give them all the experience in the world, still don’t care and is reflected in the work they do.
So yes there is a difference between a qualified electrician and a licensed electrician. And that applies to all the trades, not just that one above.
I would be more than happy to explain that in a lawsuit.
So many scenarios I can think of to explain the difference.