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In some states anyone can take the Bar Exam to be a lawyer. [1] They all still require time in provable apprenticeship/study in exchange.

Michigan doesn't have a degree requirement for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam to work toward being a licensed Professional Engineer. In general, in the past, the NCEES, which runs the FE and PE exams has made degree exceptions for people with appropriate work experience.

It's absolutely feasible to have accrediting standards and bootstrap in all/most of the self-taught programmers today.

The flip side is admitting defeat and proclaiming software development truly is the new blue collar and has no hopes of truly being a profession.

[1] http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2014/08/02/state...

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