Diploma programs are short curricula that encompass a broad range of fields defined by the educational institution offering the diploma. Federal, state and local departments rarely set guidelines for diploma programs, sometimes making them the target of educational fraud such as ‘diploma mills.’ The following article outlines common diploma programs and teaches individuals how to avoid diploma mill scams. The length of diploma programs varies according to the subject being taught. Diplomas can range from adult vocational training to post-graduate studies. The number of classes is defined per diploma program, but generally encompasses more than three credits and fewer than the credits necessary for an associate’s degree. Diploma programs are not accredited directly, but are considered a recognized credential when issued by a properly-accredited organization.