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It is easy for anyone to get a degree. It does not matter how much or how little schooling you have, just so long as you can pay the price for a certificate. In the USA, schools that can award degrees must be recognized by the US Secretary of Education. Other Western countries have similar government departments that authorize schools as able to award degrees if they meet a certain set of standards. These standards are similar in most of the developed world. However, there are many non-accredited "schools" in the USA, UK and beyond. "Degrees" from these non-accredited schools are rarely worth the paper they are printed on.

Sellers of quack products and information may also form their own "professional" organizations. In some cases, the only membership requirement is payment of a fee. Do not assume that all groups with scientific-sounding names are respectable.