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

Thank you so much Amanda & team! I felt nervous but prepared, and you were right- during the exam I had to really practice my uncertainty tolerance because it felt like a coin flip whether I was passing or failing. The wording on the questions was extremely vague and tricky, and I appreciate that your program helped me know that was coming because it would have been really distressing to think it was going to be straight forward questions in plain language- which it was NOT. Thanks for helping me focus my study time so I could go in feeling prepared, albeit nervous!

I really appreciate TDC and all the support that I have received.

I went through the program in 4 weeks. I circled back to the top 30 topics after finishing the 3 practice exams which clarified the areas I consistently struggled with. After the 2 mock exams, I returned to the 3 practice exams, again, to reinforce the rationale for the topics I struggled with. I felt nervous going into the exam but once I was there, the familiarity from my studying made it feel like another "practice" exam. I had a great experience with the program and would recommend it to others.

Thankful for this course in setting me up for this test but also teaching me how to be more ethical and clinically appropriate in practices.

I passed my first time. TDC is amazing and I highly recommend it to all my friends. I heard Amanda's voice in my head throughout the test and it gave a sense of comfort.

I felt so prepared going into the exam. I was of course nervous but felt confident in my answers. I normally find myself doubting my answer choices but I felt good. Thank you SO MUCH TDC!

I feel like I'm the worst test taker and this exam prep was perfect! I studied for 3 weeks and passed! If I can do it ANYONE can. I know exactly where I'm coming for clinical exam prep!

I graduated with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1992, got all my hours, passed the written and exam and failed the orals. By then I had 2 very small children and wasn't working in the field so I let my hours lapse. 25 years (and a lot of hard work) later I had my hours again and finally have my license! I'm so grateful to have been able to purchase a program that was so clearly laid out, kept me on track and had TONS of practical test taking tips that I feel helped me find success. Thank you, Amanda, and all the folks at TDC!!!

i was able to pass my pcc and mft law and ethics tests with these materials. thank you for your help!

I appreciate the audio lectures, Quick Study summaries to refer back to, and the handouts to take notes. I am not motivated with just reading so this felt most supportive with my learning style. It also felt most time effective in organizing and managing studying with working full time. Thank you for your efforts and support!

Amanda, I cannot express how grateful I am to you for taking the time to provide all of the information necessary to pass the test. I was able to take you in the testing center and picture of myself being in the room with the client. Moreover, I have already expressed to future clinicians that TDC is definitely the way to go! Again, I sincerely thank you for your knowledge and guidance during this process. Best, William Randall

I got my AMFT license in September 2022 and put off studying for the law & ethics exam for months, with the weight of having to take it constantly looming in the background. I heard about TDC from my supervisor so I purchased it, and once I finally opened up the first step in the program, I felt instant relief. What seemed an insurmountable task actually became easy because of the study guide and how the course is set up. I started studying in April 2023, took the test on May 17, 2023 and passed! I will definitely be using TDC for the MFT licensing exam!

I appreciate TDC’s faithful devotion to see us through success without asking for additional costs all throughout. I had to take the test 4 times (all during this crazy pandemic period) and finally passed today at my 5th attempt. Each time when I asked for an extension, there were no questions asked and all the staff continued to be very supportive. The only thing is that I am not a great auditory learner, so I had to supplement it with other programs to fully understand how best to learn the techniques and strategies. But the exams are excellent tools. Thank you for all the wonderful support (Amanda, Robin, Asya, and everyone else).

You're amazing

This study course is phenomenal. It is straight-forward, extremely thorough, and if anything, over-prepares you. I took advantage of going through it twice and the second time is where things really started to gel. Listen to Amanda. She offers very practical advice throughout and a helpful pep talk at the end. You can do this!

I used TDC because I've heard that many people passed first time using this. Thankfully they were correct. I was incredibly nervous, but I kept hearing Amanda's voice in my head when I felt like I was failing or not getting the correct answers. I listened to the lectures the first time, taking notes, and paying close attention to the small details. After that I would be listening to all the lectures while driving, on lunch breaks, or while walking my dog. No offense to Amanda, but I'm glad to no longer be listening to your voice, as helpful as it was =)

I cannot say enough good things about this program. It went over everything and all of it was explained very well. I used all the study and test tips that were provided, and I felt it made a huge difference. Thank you again.

I'm so grateful I used TDC for both (law & ethics and clinical) of my exams to become licensed. It was the only material program I used, and I felt confident going in, feeling prepared to conquer it. I'm glad TDC makes it more challenging to complete the mock exams than the actual exam. It calmed my test anxiety and made it okay to "tolerate uncertainty." Thank you so much for being in the test room with me (in my mind)! I passed!

I studied for 2 months and followed the formula that was recommended and I also did choose to go back through the material a second time. The mock tests were helpful to prepare me for the actual test. I also really appreciated the audio throughout the course. I actually listened to Amanda's presentation on the theories 2 days before my test because it calmed me down. Her tone and pace was very comforting. I also did my own positive talk on my hour drive to the test site and did not experience any anxiety in the test.

I am so thankful for the center and for being able to study over and over again with your program. The final mock exams are a bonus for me. I went over them again with a friend asking the questions.