Is the number of NCS layers a learning problem?

No and yes.

There are lots of layers possible in any new layer scheme and that can be intimidating and overwhelming at first.

The good news is that the Civil 3D Feature Style and Label Styles in our product templates work in conjunction with Civil 3D to make remembering where to put things almost irrelevant.

You can use Civil 3D with the our templates for hours amd hours on end and almost never open the Layer Property Manager.

All Framework for Civil 3D products include sophisticated Layer States to make Layer maintenance chores history.

Styles Do the Work

Good Civil 3D styles do almost all that boring layer management work for you.

Now that would be nice, wouldn't it?