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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The TDC courses absolutely prepared and empowered me to pass both the MFT Law and Ethics and Clinical exams. Thank you Amanda for creating this resource! Thank you to Asya for answering some content questions! AND A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ROBIN GLUCK who spoke with me the week before my exam and emailed me and encouraged me!!! That was amazing! I am filled with gratitude!

I’m super grateful for the TDC program in preparing me for my clinical exam. I took my time in studying and felt prepared to complete this exam and did so the first time with a passing score. Thank you!

TDC and the preparation for the exam which it provided me, is without a doubt the only reason I passed on the first attempt. The ability to navigate the questions, identify the stem and apply the key terms provided the modality for a successful exam. Learning "How" to take the exam and apply the learned principles is without a doubt the only way to approach and pass this exam. I can not thank TDC enough for providing me with the tools necessary for obtaining my LMFT license. I will be touting this program to everyone I can, so that they too can experience the elation of walking out of the test center with a "PASSED" across their results sheet.

I was very happy with the audio recordings; I listened to them in my car and on my runs. The true/false exam was great coverage as well! Thank you!

So I scheduled the test giving myself 4 weeks to study, and I wasn’t doing well on the Grossman mock exams- so I panicked 2 weeks to the test & bought the TDC material to help me prep. And all I can say is thank you sooo much Amanda, Robin and Aysa! Your voices were with me throughout the test. Your strategies are what helped me pushed through the last 40 Q’s of the test when I hit testing fatigue. I ended up taking 2 mini breaks during my test, and had 15min left to review and I kept hearing Amanda tips specifically the “aha” moment to remind me go with my gut and don’t change answers. Thanks to the coaches I reminded to read the Q first and then read the steam. I am truly grateful for them! This program was awesome! I passed my first time all thanks to TDC! ❤️

My firs language is Spanish the program was simple enough to understand and comprehend the concepts. Thank you so much! The rest God grant me the ability to recall all the information I needed to know.

I was not confident when I began this program. I have never been a good multiple test taker and I was extremely nervous. I listened, wrote note, listened again, and wrote more notes. I passed both the MFT & PCC exams and felt if it were not for this program, I would not have been successful. Thank you.

I am just so very happy I finally passed. I am definetly be using TDC prep materials for the clinical exam.

Thank you for all of your support with learning materials and confidence boosters. Listening to Amanda review the mock exam rationales was most helpful for me.

I am a mom of a 17 month old so had to stop for a year and then restart studying process...TDC extended the course for me and I found it to be extremely helpful for preparing me for the exam. I passed the first try! I did not have full days to study because of being a mom...I did a little each day I could and got through TDC once and listened to theories twice really was a perfect prep course !!! Thank you so much TDC

if anything, I was overprepared! the real exam seemed easy after completing the study program and the mock exams. most of all, I felt prepared psychologically; that was really important, because it takes a certain mindset to keep plowing through the questions while probably getting a lot of them wrong. I went into the exam room with confidence, and came out with the result I wanted!

Thank you TDC for assisting me in passing my California Law and Ethics exam! This was a great program that really prepared me for the exam and helped calm my nerves!

I would highly recommend this study system. I did not overly study and yet I felt really prepared as the exam continued. Most of the questions on the practice exams were really close to the questions on the actual text.

I can confidently say if you take the entire study course, follow their directions and are able to manage your anxiety you will pass the law and ethics exam. I am one of those people who considered themselves a "bad test taker" (story I've told myself since I was young). For the first time in my life I was calm and confident going into a big exam. TDC does a great job of accommodating to every type of learner, and explaining each concept in a way that is easy to grasp. I will most definitely use TDC when it comes time to study for my clinical exam!

The program is great. It felt like a lot at the beggining but once I trusted the process and follow through the mocks and final mock it was much clear how to put everything together and understand HOW to think in the test.

Thank you from my heart

As someone with test anxiety, I felt uneasy about putting all my "eggs in one basket" by not using any other test prep materials. But I was wrong! TDC has a really effective way of teaching you the material and helping you feel confident to pass the exam, as I did on my first try. Would highly recommend TDC to anyone

I think TDC does a great job of covering everything. Most importantly, the strategies must be used, the exam is full of vague answers and ones that sound great in languaging, but don't match the vignette.

I highly recommend this exam preparation guide for anyone who struggles with test anxiety. It's very helpful and I passed on the first try.