Yes it's just a shame though because I did actually believe in the whole certification/qualification side of flycasting instruction. But when the examiners are a decade out of date and believe that the anchor loads the rod, or the rod is a big bloody spring, or that the purpose of the forward taper is to speed up the loop (?) then you're in deep water.
I have lists of questions that were asked in exams that show a complete misunderstanding on the part of the examiner as to how things work. And in some ways that's fine, because we really don't know it all, but what's not fine about it is it's not current. And if you examine someone and ask them "what is the purpose of the front taper?" and he says, "it's to remove energy from the loop and slow it down, I can give you the physics if you want" and you say, "no I don't need physics, I just need a hose pipe, a nozzle and some common sense, because when I put the three together the water goes further, and so I can tell you - and without the use of physics - that the purpose of the forward taper is to speed up the loop!" then you have a problem.
(I tried to fix that by the way. Obviously in an exam you can't fix that, but I have a problem now because I have to go to the candidate later and say, "You know when we asked you about the function of the forward taper and said it was to speed up the loop? Well actually that's not true... And you don't need a hosepipe to work this out, just cast without a leader", so anyway I did this and also wrote to the examiner - who will remain nameless - three times. The first time he ignored me. So I wrote to him again, this time also asking a separate question which he answered. So I knew he was getting my emails. I asked him again about the hosepipe, but nothing back again, so I assumed he was maybe a little bit embarrassed or who knows what? So I thought, "well he knows it now, so we're in the clear".
But then in the last set of exams he again asked exactly the same question and gave exactly the same hose-pipe answer! I've even followed this up again, with a double set of emails, and no reply once again! That is the mentality right at the centre of the examinations.)
So I guess that's one of the guys who might have a problem with me