That's true, I just feel the expense is a bit outlandish given the small amount of input CASA actually have in the process. I can swallow 3.5k for training, but the government shouldn't needlessly make big bucks out of this. It's just going to force a lot of people to run these uncertified... Making it all the more dangerous.
You'll likely take a very different stance on this once you've gone through it as that will offer you some level of protection for your job.
Where I currently am there is no regulation or such paperwork or licensing to go through, which means that the tens of thousands we spent a year ago on 2 S900s are mostly worthless by now as any random dude can buy an I1 and provide services for almost nothing, making it very hard for a full-fledged business with employees that pays taxes and has running costs to continue making a living.
If people have to shell out 10K to get into it that will weed out all those who are in the "oh I have another job that pays my bills, it doesn't need to pay for itself, I just do that for fun" category who would ruin your investment.
Of course the downside is that you have to be serious about it and not be in that category yourself.