CA COMBO: MFT Law & Ethics and Clinical Exam
Price: $620.00

CA COMBO: CA MFT Law & Ethics and CA MFT Clinical

Looking to become a California MFT and planning to take both the MFT Law & Ethics Exam and the MFT Clinical Exam with the BBS? By purchasing the combo package now, you’ll receive both of TDC’s California MFT Exam prep programs at a big discounted rate. The MFT Combo Package includes online access to everything you need to PASS WITH CONFIDENCE including, audio workshops, step-by-step study plans, practice exams, coaching and more. Both the MFT Law and Ethics and the Clinical Exam programs are designed to maximize learning and minimize stress.

To learn more about what each individual program entails check them out here:

CA MFT Law & Ethics Exam Prep         CA MFT Clinical Exam Prep


Since you’ll need to take both the MFT Law & Ethics and the MFT Clinical exams with the BBS to become a clinically licensed MFT, you might as well get both programs up front and save money. In fact, you'll save $50 with the combo package! Scroll down to read what others have said who’ve used our CA Law and Ethics and CA MFT Clinical Exam prep programs.


Outside of California, MFT licensing is overseen by the Association of Marriage and Family Therapist Regulatory Board (AMFTRB), but the state of CA has its own governing board, the Bureau of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). After graduating from a masters degree program, one must register with the BBS as an Associate MFT and then take and pass the MFT Law & Ethics Exam. Once the L&E examination is passed, each candidate must accrue supervised work experience. California requires 3,000 hours over a minimum of 104 weeks in order to qualify for MFT Clinical licensure. When the hours have been completed, it’s time to take and pass the MFT Clinical Test with the BBS. And that’s it! By completing these steps, you can become an LMFT in the state of California. However, if you do decide to pursue this license, we highly recommend connecting with the Bureau of Behavioral Sciences directly as there may be additional details and steps you will need to know during this process. Here is the link to their website:


While the intent of both exams are designed to produce the same results, and that is to ensure public safety within the practice of therapy, there are some nuanced differences between the two MFT Clinical exams themselves.

  • Test Items: The CA MFT Clinical exam consisted of 170 test questions, with 20 of them no being counted towards scoring. Those unscored 20 are put on the exam as experimental questions to be considered as part of the scored items in future exams. On the National AMFTRB Clinical Exam there are 200 test questions, all of which are scored.
  • Content: The difference is slight, but the CA MFT Clinical focuses on testing your knowledge around treatment planning, clinical evaluation, treatment, crisis management, law and ethics, and treatment. The National AMFTRB Exam content focuses more on practice of systemic therapy (assessing, hypothesizing, and diagnosing), designing and conducting treatment (including the evaluation of the process and termination), managing crisis, and maintaining ethical, legal and professional standards.
  • Testing Windows: In California, the BBS offers the MFT Clinical Exam on an ongoing basis of five (5) times per week, while the the National MFT Exam is only offered one week per month, and you must sign up the first of the month during the month prior to you intended exam date.

Yes. In fact, questions pertaining to law and ethics make up more than ¼ of the CA MFT Clinical Exam! The BBS recognizes that a significant amount of time is likely to pass between the time applicants pass the law and ethics exam and when they are able to sit for the CA MFT Clinical exam. Therefore, they want to ensure applicants continue to stay up-to-date with relevant laws and ethical guidelines.  


The first exam that associates are required to take is the MFT law and ethics exam. The exam’s name gives away the content--it solely tests your knowledge on the legal and ethical issues that guide our profession. The BBS requires you attempt this exam prior to renewing your associate registration. The clinical exam also tests your knowledge of law and ethics, but it also covers topics such as crisis management, treatment, treatment planning, and evaluation. Each of our programs are comprehensive and cover all of the content and strategy you will need to PASS both exams!

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Course Reviews

I want to thank you guys for being supportive and extending my study materials to study for my second try!!! I passed and could not have done it without TDC. Thank you for your understanding, patience and hard work to help us pass the exam.!! :)

thank you TDC for helping me to pass. really thorough study materials. Audio brought me through each topic and explained all concepts clearly. Mock exams were great. As someone in a previous testimonial mentioned, I thought that the mock exams were harder than the actual test. That really helped me to build my confidence knowing that I was able to get close to a passing score on the TDC mock, which meant to me that I had a pretty good chance of passing the actual test.

I first attempted to utilize another major exam study system. It became apparent rather quickly that it wasn't organized well and did offer anything in the way of guidelines for study. I struggled with it. A colleague recommended the TDC course and it had what I needed. Guidance! I appreciate that the focus was on test strategy rather than academic stuff I'd never be able to convert into practical application. The TDC material worked well for me, and I passed on my first attempt!

Loved this program and I felt I was able to feel confident when going into a test that I had no clue how to study for before TDC

I felt prepared to go into the exam. The program really helped to prepare me.

I felt really intimidated by even beginning to study for this exam. The program made it easier to organize a study schedule and keep on track, especially during moments where I felt myself losing some momentum. The audio lectures were great and felt really accessible. The mock exams helped me the most with learning how to apply all of the strategies. Big thanks to Robin for fielding all of my many questions! So glad to have *passed* and be done with all of it! Thanks, TDC!

Thank you so much for all of the support, the grace, and the abundance of knowledge that was what aided in my passing this exam.
I had failed the first time and it took me a whole year to go back and take it again it took me half a year to get over that initial shock of not passing the first time however with the great help of the TDC I was able to get there. TDC does not abandon you and special thanks to Robin emailing me back!
We did it!!!

Prior to purchasing this program, I attempted the L&E twice. I recently passed and want to thank the entire team however, I want to send a special thanks to Asya, who provided a detailed list of feedback that was very helpful when I did not do well on my first final mock; Including how to manage my testing anxiety. After reviewing the feedback and following the recommendation, I took the second final mock and passed. Now I'm off to prepare for the MFT state exam, also using the TDC program. Thank you!

TDC was excellent not only in terms of content but also in terms of emotional support and thinking strategies. I contacted a coach during a low point and she went above and beyond to help me. I felt like she really cared. Throughout the program, Amanda directs the learner to take her into the test and I did! And with her help, I passed. THANK YOU!!

Thank you for the step by step process that took me from fearful of not being prepared to feeling well prepared. As challenging as the exam was for me, I was able to trust the process and I know that I studied hard, and was going to give the exam my best shot. There were definitely times in the exam that I felt that I was struggling but I soldiered on and had time at the end the exam to review the flagged questions.. Anyway by following the process I passed first time. Thanks for your help TDC, it was a massive relief to pass. Onto the clinical...

TDC is the best testing material. I enjoyed having the flexibility of listening to the materials anywhere. It really helped because I am always on the go.

The program is excellent! I had my license 16 years ago, and haven't used it since. Unfortunately in 2021, I found out that my lilcense was cancelled 5 years ago due to new requirements. I was recommended by my friend to use TDC. I purchased the combo programs. I am very pleased how it's organized, doable, clear and gave me me great direction on how to study. I passed both exam on my first take. It was still hard tests, but TDC had prepared me well for the exams.

This study material was exceptional! I liked how you could increase or decrease the speed of the lectures. I also found the tests to be much harder than the actual questions which was helpful to decrease the anxiety while taking the test.

Honestly, TDC really helped me pass my test. Clear and straight to the point. I couldn’t recommend it enough!

This was the best study guide I have ever seen, hands down, bar none. I felt confident in entering the real clinical exam because the questions posed in the TDC mock exams were just as, if not more, difficult than the actual test. I heard from my colleagues that they've tried other popular study guides but didn't pass the test. When I told them about TDC's study guides, they immediately made the switch over and passed their exam. I have and would continue to recommend this to other people.

I am so grateful to Amanda for creating TDC as it helped me feel totally prepared for this exam. Thank you so much!!

I went through the program twice and mapped out my study days like it suggests. I was actually excited on test day giving myself motivational pep talks. This program is really great and I will be recommending this to everyone I know who is trying to become an LMFT.

This course was amazing. I was well prepared and was able to drop right into the exam after the first few questions. I did not have the time to take the final mocks and I was still very prepared. I would listen to the lectures to and from work to boost my understanding and made flash cards. This was an amazing program. I highly recommend it to everyone! Thank you TDC!

TDC was a thorough program that prepared me to not only understand the law and ethics, but taught me how to think, in order the pass. I couldn’t have asked for a better program to study with!

The way I learn best is through auditory and repetition. I found the audio portion and rationales most helpful.