I look at it this way. It takes a lot of “stupid pet tricks” to get that license. Going through that process to its completion is a journey that has you doing some things that you might never do without being forced to in order to get that license … that includes the degree, the tedious years of internship (even exploitation), and finally the exam. That amount of experience and dedication builds your capabilities, confidence, resilience, and a better understanding of the business which is exactly what the process is designed to do. That is what makes you a professional …. not the stamp. You become “battle tested”.
People know when they are talking to a professional whether they know anything about an LA license or not. That is the real benefit of licensure in my opinion.