Same here John, we have all "joined", I prefer the wording "have voluntary registered", doesn't make it sound like we've enrolled in some "masonic" type organisation.
I do agree with you though 100%, it is a lot easier now to go through the process than if you have to follow the route that is going to be laid down in future.
The "grandfather clause" is a good route in, I don't think I'd qualify if I had to go through the stages that the bodies will insist on.
Don't get me wrong I think I'm eminently qualified and experienced to do the job, but new starters will find the process lengthy to get to what we would expect to be called "senior".
Hope the financial rewards go along with state registration, otherwise in a profession now that finds it difficult to attract the right people it will be 10 times harder in the future.