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

Got passing scores on TDC last three full mock exams. On real exam, I didn't finish last three questions due to running out of time possibly due to reading some questions more than once, and taking a quick bathroom break at question 100. Not sure if I have undiagnosed ADD that got better as an adult with coffee or our tech culture makes it difficult to sustain focus on reading 170 vignettes in a row. Proctor gave me score report that said I passed and am so grateful after starting MFT grad school 6 years ago on this challenging and rewarding journey. Reading the question first before the vignette helped prime me what to look for such as assessment, crisis, diagnosis, treatment planning, or treatment question. Thank you TDC!

I loved this course. I have dyslexia and this course offered me an auditory way to take in the information and built up my confidence to pass. The timelines in the course are proposed for neurotypical people, so try to ignore the time suggestions as much as possible and estimate for your own pace and accommodations.

I was becoming frustrated with the mock exams and thought I would fail with my mock scores. But, when I took the exam I was shocked with how many questions I felt confident answering and how calm I felt taking the test. I think the study material, audio, and mock exams prepared me mentally and emotionally for the exam. You realize you know the material, it is just being prepared and ready to use it in a timed session. Glad I used this test prep.

OMG. The meaning of passing this test, is beyond what I can write here. I took it the exam previously and did not pass, even though I normally Ace tests, once

The information and the practice tests were so helpful to me during the exam. I felt confident going into the exam, and I previously had much test anxiety, The full length mock tests really boosted my confidence. I would recommend this curriculum to anyone preparing for the California Licensure exam. Thank you so much!!!

It's all about the attitude. CONFIDENCE! Thank you TDC for keeping my chin up. <3

I had a long road to licensure, and TDC was with me every step of the way. They were responsive and supportive, offered me multiple extensions when I ran out of time, and told me they were "with me until I passed" - which was true! Now I am licensed, and this is the only program I would recommend to any of my colleagues.

TDC thank you so much for guiding me thru this process. I just passed the LMFT exam. I am beyond grateful for your program . I couldn’t have done this without you! I gave myself 6 weeks and it was the right amount of time. Thank you so much for the work and service you provide! ॐ aum ॐ

This program completely prepared me for the exam! The exam was easier because of this program. Thank you for challenging me to make my experience so much more successful and pleasant!

I would recommend everyone preparing for CALMFT exam to use TDC. It's a MUST in order to pass!

I am so excited that I was successful; while taking the exam I felt anxious because the questions I was able to answer and felt a little more confident but in the end the study prep confirmed it worked because I passed. I was able to breathe after because it was my third time and I knew I just couldn't fail again. Thank you, TDC you helped me move into my next chapter of my career.

I went through the course once and felt very prepared. If I had had time, I probably would have gone through another time, but it wasn't necessary. The mocks, especially the 2 final, were incredibly tough and really helped me feel confident during the test - I almost felt like I was doing something wrong it felt so much easier than I expected.

Very helpful!! I don't think I would have passed without this course!!

This was a really great program! the material provided accurately prepared me for the exam. The explanations provided and "taking the instructor in the test with you" really helped me. I would definitely recommend this program!

TDC was a great help in getting prepared for the CA LMFT exam! I greatly appreciate the company offering the study curriculum to veterans for no charge, it is a great way to support veterans in mental health!

For me the TDC program worked because it was visual and audio. I would have Amanda in my ear with me from the day I began studying up until the day of my exam. I would also review the material with Amanda after taking the Mocks. The day before exam I listened to the exam strategies and that helped me a lot! of course I was nervous and mentally drained during the exam, but I kept remembering all the advice Amanda and coaches shared and that's how I approached the exam. I did it!! and got through it!!
Thank you TDC!!!

I have been through this study material 3 times, I am glad that I can have the print out while listening to the audio to take notes from. This helped with preparing for how questions and answer choices were being presented and context clues. This was recommended to me and I pass through recommendations to you.

This has been a wonderful training experience. And I’m a better clinician to have gone through it. Amanda’s voice is forever burned in my brain.

I am a terrible test taker because I always get horrible anxiety with tests especially long ones but TDC helped me to overcome my fear and pass my test! I took the test once before but did not pass because I ran out of time to do the Mocks. The second time I studied I TOOK ALL MOCKS and took a week to study the questions I got wrong! It all paid off in the end as the mock question were very similar to the the ones on the test! THANKS SO MUCH TDC!!!!

Truly this program has made me a better clinician. TDC will over-prepare you for the LMFT licensing exam.....and yet, as Amanda says, you will still feel as though you might not be passing for most of the time during your actual exam. TDC prepares you for sitting with that feeling, expecting that, and yet to have the ability to "keep swimming" all while accessing your knowledge and strategies! Thank you for this program - please get some CEUs up and running so I can continue to learn from you & the other coaches.