The alternative business funding industry will more than likely be regulated.  If you are thinking of entering this industry, this is the time to do it. Why?  It is easier to learn something and then take a test.  As you gain experience on dealing with business funding on a day to day basis it will become easier to pass any future exam.   Regulators will regulate this industry and require a national exam, state exam and or other licensing.  This will be a turning point for the industry. At the same time, it will present great opportunities because it will wheat out many people who should not be in the industry.