"nobody could touch a system unless they had been on the training course"
I was once commissioned to write a commercial risk management training course, a task which paid a limited amount. However I was not permitted to deliver it to candidates (which paid a lot) because I hadn't taken it and passed its exam. My argument that there was a conflict of interest in sitting an exam I had myself largely set cut not ice - no pass, no permission to deliver the course. This is CPD in its impurest form.