Oh please enlighten me how this is backwards. How does holding a Part 107 card in your wallet in ANY way demonstrate anything about your being a professional operator?That is the most backwards thing ive read on this thread.
The Part 107 test only tests your ability to study and take a test. In no way does it indicate ability to fly period let alone safely and "professionally". It only means you spent some time studying and took/passed a written test.
In most basic terms Part 107 indicates you've been exposed to the rules & regulations of a Commercial sUAS operator but does not indicate a professional in the least. I could go out all day long and show you Part 107 holders who can't fly a sUAS proficiently, who can't run a business to save their life, who can't take a decent picture/video, who have no idea how to market their services, and lastly who have no idea of how to apply the things Part 107 to real-world scenarios. IMHO a professional sUAS operator should encompass ALL of the above otherwise they are just a wanna-be. It's VERY alarming and unsettling how many Part 107 operators come online and ask the most basic legal/regulatory questions that should have sufficiently drilled into their heads had they "absorbed" the studying for their Part 107. Even things as simple as "what is a TFR". That's as basic as learning your ABC's yet we see it daily. I could even provide links from such a question in the last 24hrs.
As I said:
Passing the Part 107 test only makes you "legal"