"Qualifications" - The eye does deceive?

I suppose in any industry that is not subject to statutory regulation, courses that tout supposed qualification will prosper. It's a sad fact that the public are not aware that a "qualification" is not necessarily so and that they appear to be impressed with any piece of official looking paper.

I would guess that the answer is making dog training and behaviour consulting a statutory profession and people operating without the legally required licence are in fact breaking the law. However the problem is that many trainers and behaviourists are part-timers. This is not their fulltime profession and if they had to comply with all the legalities of statutory regulation they would more than likely not bother. Many of these people are realy good at what they do so this would be a profound loss to the industry.

However the public in the meantime is getting the short end of the stick. There are many well-intentioned, but incompetent individuals advising people in what could be potentially dangerous situations. What to do?

Frankly I don't know. Any ideas, comments?