Cynical old bastard
Not wanting to dampen your flames, but the UK, then France and Belgium were the first to have recognised civilian instruction for use of a four-wheel drive off tarmacThe reason for the organization came about because other then Australia......
A group of the 4X4 trainers got together and did not want any government who know nothing about driving a off-highway vehicles to decide what the standards needed to be. We wanted people who had been doing this and knew far more then any government agency, to set the standards. So who were these people? They were people who had been researching for years, experimenting, reading any pertinent information reason for the organization came about because other then Australia, no country state county or cities, in the world had any regulations for controlling this program. Anyone could call themselves a expert, trainer, driver or educator. If a person says that they are a trainer you want to know that you are trainer/educator and have the education in the area of there expertise.
The I4WDTA is to certify that you know what you are doing. They offer training for people requesting to join and new development training for the trainer/educators. through I4WDTA Train the trainers classes.
There are many other things that they have to do other then reading the terrain and tire placement. You have to be able to read and understand people. The questions they ask, the way they ask them, their body language and more. You need to know that when they leave your class that they have solid correct usable information.
Every educator/teacher is given the leeway to use their own ability to teach in a way that works for them. They are not forced into a regimented way to teach. What ever works for them to get the students to understand the proper techniques. It has been shown that if a person is able to be comfortable in their way of doing things, they can do a better job what ever they are doing. That includes the 4X4 driving.
You are probably wondering how I know this? Well I was one of the people who was part the original trainers who worked on developing the origination. I am a retired Emeritus member of the I4WDTA.
I was told to retired when the wife retired. When I got the word I was to retire, it took another year to finish the contracts I had going.
When working I have trained from Fortune 500 corporations, Military, Federal government agencies to Energy companies, International corporations, communications agencies, environmental companies and more down to the individual recreation user.......
You can find the International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers' Association at https://i4wdta.org/
I'd also hasten (again with wanting to be competitive) , the I4WDTA is not 'international', it's North American (big area yes, but not the world) and it wasn't the first, nor is it the only accredited organisation of it's type to require examinations to be taken by it's instructors. Even Land Rover Experience have gone down that road...
II do think it's a shame that people form the industry don't talk to each other