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 am so thankful for this program as I was terrified to take this exam due to peers saying how hard it was to pass the exam. I did everything outlined in this course and passed on my first try. I was nervous going into the exam because I was scoring in the high 50’s on practice and mock exams but reviewing what I got wrong helped me to become a better test taker. I felt the practice and mock exams were more challenging than the actual exam but challenged my brain to problem solve so I was mentally prepared for the real exam. The tip In having a snack mid test was helpful as I had a fruit snack and small juice box which really did give me a small surge of energy I needed to finish the later part of the exam. Also the tip of having self talk throughout the exam of saying your name and I can figure this out also helped push me through the exam. I also exercised lightly daily when studying for the exam to release anxiety. Everything about TDC was helpful and I hope continues to help other clinicians. Thank you for this program and helping me pass my exam first try. Since starting grad school I was fearful of this exam and now I feel a huge weight lifted and can continue my work being a clinician and doing what I love for a living. Thank you!

I have ADHD and a learning disability. There was a time in my life where my parents did not even know if I would go to college, let alone get my masters degree. Taking this exam was my Mt. Everest. I was able to get extra time to answer to the questions but without this study program and the way it was broken down, it would have been much harder for me to answer the questions correctly based on the testing format. Had I been interviewed in person, I would've nailed it but that is not how this test is given. The most important piece of information was the last audio clip I played the night before. It was just giving pointers and one of the pointers was if the question seems ridiculously hard it is probably a pre-test question, answer to the best of your ability and move on. I kept that in mind throughout the exam, I answered every question but with less anxiety when it came to some of the more challenging ones. This helped from preventing test anxiety to kick in and take over. The other piece of advice was it was okay to be nervous, it was okay to question your own knowledge but just trust your gut. All of that played in the back of my mind throughout the exam. I climbed my Mt. Everest and now I am blessed with a career that will let me help others climb their own mountains. Thank you TDC!

TDC prepared me wonderfully. I felt so ready to take the exam the day of! Helped with my knowledge base and my nerves! Perfect combo of exam readiness!

I am so grateful for this program. Follow the steps and you will successfully pass the exam.

I took the Licesned Marriage and Family Therapist Law and Ethics and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Law and Ethics Examination and I passed both of them with this program. I reccomend taking the quizzes, listening to the. audio rationale, listening to the lecture series, and taking the mock exams. I saw maybe 1-2 questions from the mock exams that appeared on the actual exam. The lecture series really helped me when I kept missing questions from the quizes and knew I needed specific review on certain topics. I only spent maybe a week studying (really did this last minute) and I felt very calm once I did all of those (although the night before I spent 3 hours studying). I will definitely use this program again for the big exams! Thank you TDC!

TDC help me to structure and plan my studying routine, which was a relief. Using the motto "Enjoy your life", they guided me to not over-study or over-think-- which tends to be ineffective anyhow. There is a surrendering to trusting my capability to reason out which answer was the strongest. I was concerned that maybe I wouldn't pass and would then be faced with looking again at what was eluding me (my scores on mock tests were not great, though I was assured by my coach that they were in fact good. Not so good that I became smug... Anyhow, I passed the bar, first go!! Grateful I didn't give up all my free time and just try to hunker down. Thank you, TDC!!

I had purchased a book on Amazon and the book did not teach me anything relative to the actual Law and Ethics Exam. I returned it. I purchased the Grossman study and that was a waste of money and I did not learn anything. I finally received some guidance from some colleagues to purchase the TDC. I did and when I stuck to my studies and took all the tests and quizzes and reviewed the answers one by one with Amanda, it really helped me understand how the questions are being asked. It is not the what, but the how. What a great program and I am definitely purchasing the LMFT exam training from the TDC. Thanks team!

Dear Staff,
I am so grateful!! I passed with your program! I
feel that your program was the driving tool to help me succeed in my LMFT. A dream come true! Your 50 study points were reviewed twice, and it was current and soooo thorough!!
THANK YOU for such a committed program in investing in the future for professionals going into the field of mental health, as LMFT!
With great appreciation,

I previously failed this test after studying with two other programs. This study material was so thorough, taking the test was comfortable and the information came to me easily.
DeAnna C.

So thankful for this study program! I went into the test feeling confident that I could pass and really had the trainer's voice in my head like she said I should. I liked being able to follow a study schedule and I feel that really helped me boost my ability to take this test and PASS on my first try! Highly recommend this program even if you are taking the LPCC L&E test, that's what I took and felt very prepared.

I am happy to report that I passed. It has been a long journey with not passing on my first attempt, but during the exam, I prayed, stayed confident and relaxed as I was answering questions. TDC over prepares you for the exam which is a good thing; the actually CA MFT exam felt a little easier than the TDC mocks.

I used TDC for the law & ethics exam IN A PINCH and made it in the knick of time.. literally.. with a few days to spare before my registration expired. Wouldn't recommend it cramming like that. However, old habits die hard. My hours were sent off in August of 2020, but returned for whatever reason so I sent them back in September. Originally, when I sent them off, I was discouraged because I felt like I was set back with time so studying was sporadic. I would study for a week or two then take 3 weeks off.. then a month off... and then around thanksgiving, my hours were approved! I immediately scheduled my exam 3 weeks later because I was done with DMH but knew I wasn't ready and so I pushed it to January 6th. I took all three mocks but didn't listen to rationales or review... nothing! I don't know what I was thinking. Long story short, I failed but I wasn't surprised. So I took a break. A 120-day break, but got back on the ball on Memorial Day weekend and became super strict, as well as intense, with a regimen. The coaches were amazing, Amanda was great, and the whole program was pure goodness. I walked it with confidence, took my break when needed, had my fiancès affirmation on my white board, and MADE SURE TO READ EACH WORD AND TRACE THE ANSWER BACK TO THE VIGNETTE. I've never had it tested or looked at but I'm pretty sure reading comprehension isn't a strong point of mine. Thank you so, so much TDC for sticking with me, extending the program when asked, being fast with responses, and LITERALLY being with me until I passed!!! I love you and don't even know you all personally. Simple thank you for all of your assistance!!

The study program was excellent. It more than prepared me for the exam.

I could not have passed this test without the TDC study materials. The materials helped me understand the reasons behind why I was choosing the answer. I am so grateful for this program.

TDC materials over prepared me and I am happy that I used their program.

I would recommend this program to EVERYONE I know. I have 3 friends that used this program and passed. I plan to use the Clinical program to pass as well.

Once again, TDC, Miss Amanda, you helped me pass another test for my MFT licensure!! I just passed the LMFT Written Clinical Exam after studying with your program for the past four months. In 2017, your program helped me pass my Law and Ethics exam! This program is outstanding, so well designed, and I always felt supported. Your program really preps a person for the exams!!

It's bittersweet to now move on from this very supportive connection. It's been so meaningful to learn from TDC. Amanda, I'll probably hear your voice in my head from some time! Not is a DSM kind of way though! Instead, hearing your voice as I work with clients, hearing your the reasoning; diagnosing what a client needs, what are next steps.

Thank you once again!!

Most sincerely,

Heidi Mejias

This is a fantastic program, and doesn't just teach you the material, but teaches you HOW to test. This program was the reason I only took the exam one time. Thank you TDC!

Thank you so much Amanda! I definitely "took you into the exam with me." I appreciate this course so much! So happy to have passed on the first go!

I really appreciate TDC working with me even after failing the test a few times. They would send me emails encouraging me and not to give up. I really appreciate the tips on studying, and most of all taking the anxiety of test taking away. TDC Rocks!!!