What a unique question!
In California, you have two options:
1. You can be licensed under the California Department of Real Estate as a Real Estate Broker, or as a Salesperson working under a licensed Broker. (DRE)
2. You can be licensed under the California Department of Corporations as a Consumer Finance Lender (CFLL).
Each of these have their own set of requirements for licensing. And, once aperson is licensed, there remains the process of getting yourself approved with the Wholesale Lenders that accept loans from brokers. In almost every case these days, the Wholesale Lenders are requiring experience in the business.
I hope this helps answer your question.