If you live in NS it's harder than anywhere else pretty much. They raised the price to almost a grand about 25 years ago to discourage people from trying it and at the time they only wrote the tests twice a year on the Cape. At the same time in Toronto it was around $100 and they wrote weekly and you could bring your own interpreter if you didn't speak english.
I worked in Toronto in the early 2000's and saw some sketchy crap. Many times the "interpreter" was already a red seal tradesman in the trade they were helping the guy write the test for. In immigrant could get a license in a couple weeks in Ontario with no actual knowledge of the work. All that was needed was a letter,on company letterhead, saying you had completed the necessary hours,something you could print up at home, and take your red seal "interpreter" in to write the test. Next week you got a license in the mail. The week after they had their own business and could speak english just fine. Guys that didn't know jack about wrenching were out running mobile service trucks around the huge trailer yards pulling wheels and doing cvips with no clue what they were even looking at.
I was sent to cvip a trailer one day and the frame was broke on both sides just behind the 5th wheel plate. Trailer was supposed to head to Texas at noon,big rush. Called the office to tell them it was hooped and went to do another one that was on my list in the same yard. While I'm working on it I watch another service van pull up to the original trailer and the east Indian guy gets out and slaps a cvip sticker on the trailer without even looking at it.
I called the office and lost it at the guy who dispatched the second truck. I was still in the yard when the tractor showed up to grab the trailer and I told the driver the frame was broke. Turned into a big sh*t show. Dispatchers were taking kickbacks from the independent service trucks to feed them gravy work like cvips. Usually they didn't even look at the units,slap a sticker on and send a thousand dollar bill saying they did such and such. Big companies didn't verify the work they just paid the bills. My company had 25k trailers in the GTA alone, over 100k in North America.