Rusty, you're dead-on. Precedence does not in itself mean anything. Assumptions based on the precedence given can, however, be loaded with meanings which surface when we pose questions like this thread--does it matter what precedence a division gives skiing and teaching in their exams? Personally, I don't think it's a big deal which order you take the exam, so long as the exam is giving both the same amount of attention, which I doubt. As VSP noted, it's hard to adequately test a candidate's teaching skills through the present format. Most divisions do a cursory run-through a mock teaching scenario and call it a teaching exam.
Epic, it's not the order that determines what a candidate works on, it's the amount of scrutiny they can expect to receive. I agree completely that watching and learning from the best is an excellent teaching improvement program. I love to audit ESA coaches at work for that exact reason. I know Peter Howard and agree that he is one of the best teachers in the PSIA.
*The shame was brought on by a master teacher and former D-team member who once said to me, "Ski instructors just want to go zig-zag. Until they learn there's more to it than perfecting their own beautiful zig-zags, they'll never progress and their treasured profession will never achieve its potential to engage their students -- in mind, body, and spirit -- as skiers." Or, to borrow the words of Squatty Schuler, to teach a person to be a skier is a greater task than teaching a person to ski.