Originally Posted by neophilus
Maybe take the test first before you talk about how easy it is? And a lot of competitions are short on judges period, much less highly qualified ones. In a perfect world professional well paid judges would travel the country working local homebrew club competitions, but in reality it takes a lot of work and volunteers to pull it off, and without competitions you'de get no feedback at all except for your friends and family pumping your tires.
Excellent points! I've had lawyers tell me that the BJCP exam is harder than the bar exam.