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

Worth every penny!

I used TDC for both Law and Ethics and Clinical - passed first time both times - however, for the clinical exam I enlisted a TDC coach, Asya - and it was well worth it. She taught me one of the most important aspects of the exam is how to read the stem - How to read the stem is in the program - but having someone walk me through it made all the difference in the world. btw I had roughly 29 min's left and was able to check the flagged questions and, actually, I found one that I changed... all-in-all the, I'm convinced that the TDC program ensured I passed.

Passed on the first go at it! The study guides are very organized and easy to follow. I felt like I was being tutored by Amanda while I studied. This program helps you to think in a way that prepares you for the questions which was so valuable.

I used TDC to pass both my CA MFT Law & Ethics and CA MFT Clinical Exam on the first try. For the clinical test, I also used the 1-on-1 coaching session with Asya, and it was incredibly helpful and effective. I would HIGHLY recommend! Even with good mock scores, she was able to highlight my problematic test-taking patterns; strategize on how to progress; and help me manage my stress. After the coaching, my mock test scores increased; my anxiety decreased; and I felt way more confident. 10 out of 10.

This is by far the best program. I was ready to take my exam and I came down with covid. I had no more practice tests and had to wait an additional 3 weeks to take the exam. I bought some mock examines form other sources and it confused me and messed up my learned reasoning (which is essential for passing) The TDC coach said stop taking mock test and just review TDC. It made all the difference. The sense of relief is immeasurable. Thank you thank you thank you! You truly are the experts . Eternally grateful ;)

This is the best program to pass the LMFT! Thank you TDC

I had 2 study sessions with Asya and it WAS A GAME CHANGER!!! She was so helpful and I learned so much from her.

TDC was crucial, even though on the exam you do feel like you are failing, I went into it knowing that and overall felt very confident in my abilities. It gives a great foundation of knowledge which through the weeks of studying and mock exams add onto. Without TDC, I know that I would not have passed and did feel like the Final Mock 2 was harder than the actual clinical exam. here is my testimony! I took the exam the end of last year and did not pass. I was very nervous and had a panic attack so that played a huge role in my abilities to think clearly while taking the exam and I did not finish the exam. I was so sad and discouraged afterwards; I just felt really low for a long time. I finally got back on the saddle and made the commitment to study and tackle this test once and for all. Now I will say I had limited access to the TDC program the first time due to financial reasons and was also using a totally different program at the same time with a friend. Looking back, I made the mistake of not getting the program on my own. Once I saved the money and did that, EVERYTHING changed! I felt more present while I was studying and I was able to organize my process in a way that was effective for me and my work schedule. That also made all the difference because I knew what to expect everyday I studied and I did not feel overwhelmed. had a study binder that was very organized with dividers and I was able to stay productive. I studied for 2 1/2 months and I think that it is a good amount of time so that it is not drawn out. This program is like a BOOTCAMP! When Amanda said "we are getting your brain in shape" that is the truth! But when you are in shape the actual battle does not feel as difficult because you put in the time and effort to prepare for it. That is what doing this program is like and that is for the best! The mock exams are brutal and I would feel really discouraged when my scores would be low, but please use all of your resources to ensure you feel good about moving forward with taking the exam. I reached out to Asya (one of the coaches) and she was very helpful and had a lot of great feedback. Also, REVIEW THE RATIONALES! It helps to understand how the test wants you to think! It makes a huge difference! The process is just that "a process" and it is definitely a marathon, but when I started taking the actual exam I can honestly say I felt ready! I felt calm and relaxed and I used all of the test strategies mentioned throughout the program. I PASSED!!!!!!!!!! and could not be happier! I used the program from top to bottom and this was the result! Thank you TDC, Amanda and Asya for helping me get over this hump! I definitely recommend this program for studying! It is worth every penny! And you come out as a better therapist at the end! You cannot beat that! It is a real investment! So invest in yourself! You will not regret it!

TDC provided helpful audio rationales & handouts that were helpful in my study process. I would definitely recommend the program to a friend!

I turned to this course after buying a less expensive course and realizing that I wasn't prepared enough after finishing it. I'm so glad I paid the extra for this course! We all have worked so hard to get our degrees and our clinical hours, that I think its worth paying extra for a program is so comprehensive! I passed on the first take and it was worth deeply diving into this course.

I highly recommend TDC! I passed the exam on my first try and am so relieved! The questions on the exam were very much like those on the practice exams. I had delayed taking the exam for years out of fear, especially of my test anxiety, but after going through this program, I was excited for the exam and felt so prepared, that I didn’t experience test anxiety!

I encourage anyone who has previously taken the exam and did not pass, not to give up. I had the opportunity to use multiple test banks while preparing for the LMCE and TDC provided me with the correct mindset and strategies to take the exam.

I took it the first time but I did not focus much on test timing and managing my anxiety and I failed, but the second time I covered those topics and passed! :)

TDC was a gem! Helped with the content as much as it did with the reassurance/anxiety of it all. Felt confident and prepared going into the exam— dare I say over-prepared?! So excited to have passed!

Great test prep. The Final 2 Mocks are harder than the actual test. The coach at TDC responded to me in a timely manner and really helped me focus on my prep. Thank you!

I am so glad that I decided to use TDC! The materials are easy to follow and Amanda uses example that makes the brings the concepts to life. I gave myself a few months to study and was still nervous as my test date approached. I wasn't sure if I was ready to take the test but felt like it was time to take the plunge. I was so much more relaxed that I ever thought possible while taking the actual exam! I knew exactly what to expect due to the TDC mock exams and found the actual exam much easier. If you are considering purchasing the TDC program, I would highly recommend!

I thought the TDC program was excellent in preparing me for the marriage and family therapy clinical exam. Amanda and her team did a great job of breaking down a vast amount of material into digestible topics. I liked the structure of the study plan. I did not stick to the study schedule as I prefer to approach such things in my own way (and it worked well for me). Overall, great audio guides, informative knowledge, and very thorough and challenging mock exams. Five stars for TDC!

TDC is absolutely the best study material on the market. I brought AMANDA to the exam with me and ACED this thing real quick~

As I was taking the test I said to myself, "I'm so happy that TDC turned up the difficulty level, forced me to study harder than necessary, so that I could have THIS experience." I moved through the LMCE exam (relatively!) confidently, TDC prep removed the anxiety that I predicted I would have had; either by going the DIY route or cobbling together mock exams from available sources. Thanks, Amanda! So glad I found your system.