Apparently the questioner believes other agents are receiving an unfair advantage.
I agree. HOWEVER....
I suggest the OTHER agents set the rules for competency and much the same simplistic manner that 'transaction count' is inferred to have some meaning. (think teams)
Like 'Momma' instructed, "Let your brother cut the cake, but you choose your piece first."
They may choose that the one with the longest alphabet train will be superior.
Some may vote for those who have the longest signature line...
....of who can post with the most redundancy on aggregate websites
...or who is most proficient at begging for a best answer.
Others may simply be happy with whoever will buy lunch!
Some may choose the number of times your calls go to voice mail. (not a bad measure)
Still others will count only your Trulia recommends.
How do you measure confidence?
How will you assess the agents ability to find solutions to the myriad of home owner/buyer challenges?
How about the art of transaction architecture?
If an agent can not recite 15 ways to finance a home purchase, should they not be branded with the scarlet letter?
What ever measure(s) would be selected, there will be a population who believes others are receiving an unfair advantage.
The consumer has demanded choice. With choice comes complexity. The consumer has access to much more information, bogus information from sights like Zillow and Trulia. When you realize this is the disinformation from which consumers respond, do you really think transaction count will mean a thing EXCEPT to other agents....and we do have access to that data already..right?
Besides, there is NOTHING preventing ANY agent from plastering their production numbers on every bill board, bus bench, postcard and place mat in the county. No, there is no benefit in tiered license. There is no benefit in 'raising' the entry bar. There is no benefit in imposing 'unbecoming of a professional' standards that so many wish to impose. It is all NONSENSE!
What we have is a beautiful system that has proven to be efficient and effective in assisting home buyers and sellers. It is ironic we have this discussion in the heart of the problem. Right hear where agent intellectual data is not acknowledged, listing agent identification is deliberately obscured, homes for sale are fabricated, RealyTrac is held unaccountable, and where agents BUY expertise. Don't you find it ironic?