The exam can't be about breeding a better doberman if it is on basic hands on care of a pregnant bitch and puppy and how to register a litter. That has nothing to do with breeding a better Doberman. We have always had our vets and MENTORS in the breed to guide us - NO test will ever take the place of a great Mentor and vet. It is system that transends all the book learning in the world.Test are just so limited.
Every doctor and vet that comes out of school has to spend a couple years working in the real world to really begin to get a handle on how the real world works and that the text books are not always right. 10 years from now you will understand a lot better.
As far as the cost I know you are way to young to understand but back when you felt Dobermans were affordable we did not have all the health test you demand, gas was not 4.00 a gallon. every vet could give you a pretty decent crop, quality dog food was what ever you fed and affordable to the average family and Dobermans are an elete breed with elete needs and that does not equate to cheap.
I never implied that the exam was about Dobermanns at all, it is not breed specific. I was explaining why practical knowledge like that can be a good thing for someone with very little knowledge or experience, if they suddenly out of the blue want to start breeding. And I believe if nothing else, a breeder should know how to properly care for a pregnant bitch and her pups, which is just not the case with many irresponsible breeders (chaining bitches to their whelping box, leaving pups to live outside etc.). Of course it is not 100% fool proof, but it is definitely better than starting out with zero knowledge and losing a bitch because you couldn't tell that she needed a C-section when she did.
I have always said that breed clubs should be responsible for steering breeders the right way with their programs and maintaining the standard of the breed. Not sure where we have a clash in opinions on that point or why you're reinstating it.
And as for cost, you are forgetting that cropping and docking are not factored into the price of pups sold in Australia (around $2600 USD for pet quality - compare it to the price of pups in the US that do come c/d). I personally do not think it is too expensive, but I come from a background that can afford to pay that much. Not everyone these days can or is willing to spend that much on a dog any more, especially not now that there's an unofficial recession.