It is very funny to read that professionals complain that amateurs are using CPS I will provide you with few my comments:
1) You need to buy eligible equipment in order to qualify for specific CPS status. For Canon its is absolutely not important who buys such expensive equipment - amateur or professional.
2) Gold and Platinum memberships give some advantages, however, you have to pay for such membership.
3) Only professional photographers are accredited to Olympic games, championships and are actually using CPS services such as camera or lenses loans.
4) I would suggest to "professionals" to less complain and put more efforts in their job in order to separate themselves from amateurs. If you are really good photographer you will have better fees than amateurs. However, if your works are similar to amateur work then photography is definitely not for you )
It's funny... reading your comments shows how little you know about the industry and more importantly, the market. There has been research in the shutter magazine that the costs of weddings have gone up over the last few decades, but the alarming stat is fewer and fewer weddings are done by professional photographers. The market, as a whole, has been inundated by amateurs and frankly, the skill level and ease of use of cameras really has gone down over the last decade that there are more photographers than ever. Yes, there is a clear separation by pros and not pro's but that isn't the issue. The issue is indifference and complacency. More and more people get low end photography as they dont see a value in it like in decades past. People are just as happy going to lifetouch or JC Pennys or the picture people and save money. You dont know how many people get a sticker shock when they see my prices, but my prices are designed to earn me a wage, pay for my equipment, training, retirement, etc. History has shown that the low cost photography cannot sustain itself, ask Sears Portrait studio and walmart portrait studio how they are doing? FYI they have all been shut down.
What it boils down to is more people expect cheap photography, and can care less if a picture was properly exposed, or lit, or even composed. I even had someone ask my why my pictures are composed (on the rule of 3rds) rather than smack in the middle of the frame. People are indifferent and that is what is suffocating the industry. A decade ago, the skill level required to be in the industry was higher. People had to assist people for years or go to school to learn exposure, darkroom, technique, etc. They learned the craft up until they can go out on their own and compete toe to toe with their masters, but it isn't the way it is anymore... Now you have the instant gratification with digital and the skill level isn't where it should be for a professional industry.