I am now leaning that the college diploma course I took for HVAC is a waste of time here in Iowa. The way the Iowa law is set up is one sided. It is more set up for people coming off the street with no working knowledge to get into this industry which I fully support. The college route is not for everyone. On the other hand, those of us who would like to make this their career and made the monetary and time investment should get something. I filed a petition for a waiver with the state just this past Monday and got a call today saying they would not grant the waiver. I know I can pass the journey level test but the only thing I am lacking is the OJT. I know classroom work and field work are two different animals all together but why should I be required to take all the same classroom work with the OJT requirements? Most of the companies around here are requiring all new hires with the exception of master's to ride along with seasoned techs for at least a year. The only way around this stupidity I found is to get a job, have the employer join a trade organization if not already a member(not cheap), enroll employee in their program which the employer pays for(not cheap), test to see if they can bypass 3 of the 4 years required(not cheap either), and then after the 1 or more years with "official" apprentice papers in hand, file to take journey test. I really love how you can test out of up to 3 years but not all. WTF!!!!!! Nothing but a money grubbing scam steup by the "trade" organizations to line their own pockets and not to advance our trade. Sorry for the ranting but I dont see how pigeonholing people in this industry is helping to create jobs or opportunities for younger people.