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 passed my exam first try! Thank you so much to Amanda and the TDC community, everything was very helpful and made me feel prepared. I think it was safe to say tolerating uncertainty was definitely something I needed to get more comfortable with. But I made it!

Loved this course, I studied for this using textbooks and similar test questions but the TDC study material helped me grasp just exactly why I was studying this material, it's importance, and made me feel prepared to take the test by having a similar practice test taking format. When I took the test, I felt as if I had already been doing it for weeks which decreased by anxiety and increase my feelings of being prepared. Lastly, the tips to follow were phenomenal, I used most of them and they made all the difference in my experience. I will definitely be using TDC again.

I'm so glad I went with TDC for this exam. It was very helpful and prepared me to PASS!

TDC is everything you need to feel prepared for this exam!

Even though I wasn't able to complete all aspects of the course due to being a busy working mom, I passed the test the first time. The rationale provided for all of the answers on practice quizzes provide so much insight and improved my ability to think about what the question was really asking.

I used TDC to help me prepare for both the MFT and PCC Law and Ethics exam. Since the TDC materials for the law and ethic was focused on MFT, I was a little worried about using it for my PCC exam. However, now that I have taken both exams with using the TDC study materials and successful passed both on my first try, I can confidently say that TDC prepared me for both! I want to give a special shoutout to my couch, Maria! As I went through the study materials, Maria helped me answer all of my questions through several email threads. I can't thank her enough for all of her help! She also sent me additional materials specifically for the law and ethics PCC exam. TDC not only helped me feel more prepared and confident for my exams, but it has also given me a deeper understanding of law and ethics as it shows up in my work with clients as an associate! I will definitely be signing up for TDC once I begin studying for my MFT clinical exam :) Looking back, I wish I had bought the package to save more money! Thank you TDC for helping me pass my exams!

An excellent program! Prepares you for the exam if you follow. Much gratitude for this resource! Amy Aikman LMFT

I definitely passed because of this program. Thank you.

Thank you TDC team for the amazing prep course. Your last added 2 mock exams were immensely helpful and determined my successful passing of LMFT Clinical exam. Thank you !!!!


I am soooo happy with my test prep experience. It over prepared me which is what I needed. Answering the questions felt like muscle memory due to the preparation I received. A lot of it felt like training for a mental marathon (which in all fairness, the LMCE is) and it was definitely needed. I passed! I highly recommend!

I completed the program with an increased confidence that I was going to pass the LMFT Law and Ethics exam and I did. I loved the different types the way the information was taught (i.e. timed exams, audios, link to code of ethics, quick studies, etc.). Overall great program and customer service. Thank you TDC team!

I cannot thank TDC enough for the thoughtful, practical, and challenging study program. I really felt prepared for the exam, if not overprepared! It increased my confidence and reduced my anxiety. Thank you Amanda and TDC team for helping me achieve my career goals! I am forever grateful.

TDC helped me pass the LMFT Clinical Written Exam on my first try! I believe in the end the mock exams were most helpful for me. I would do a mock exam every weekend and they prepared me for the 4 hour mental marathon our LMFT Clinical Exam is! Amanda is a great teacher and her tips helped me become a fully licensed marriage and family counselor!

The TDC program was just enough for me to not only refresh my knowledge, but it actually taught how to conceptualize what is being asked. That one took me a while to figure out, but once I did it was a great feeling...almost as much as passing!

Thank you so much for sticking with me until I passed. Your consistent support made me feel less alone and ashamed of previous failed attempts. In all sincerity, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Im beyond grateful for the TDC community.

TDC is amazing. Once I started the actual exam and went through a few questions I knew I was going to pass. TDC gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed.

Amazing program!

I gave myself 3 weeks to study for the MFT Law and Ethics exam, so I knew I needed a succinct to and efficient way to study and obtain all the necessary information. That’s why I chose TDC over purchasing a book to study from. I’m a pretty good/confident test-taker, so my main concern was time and efficiency. The audios were easy to follow, and I especially liked the ability to speed up the audio recordings to get through them faster. I took written notes for each topic and felt confident going through the practice exams. Practice exam scores, including the final mocs, ranged from 65% - 75%. As a high achiever, I was striving to get at least an 80% on the final moc. When that didn’t happen I started to get nervous. I Googled how many questions I needed to get right to pass, as this was not stated in the material. I realized that out of the 75 questions, only 50 are scored and it seemed that I needed to get about 35 of those right (high 60s, low 70s) to pass. As I’m calculating all of this, I recognize that my 65-75% on the moc exams were likely passings scores. Anyway, the moral of the story is, stay out of your head! I passed! I will be using this program for the MFT licensure exam dand I highly recommend TDC for all test-takers.

It had been a few years since I graduated from my MFT program and taken the Law and Ethics class, so I was worried about preparing to take the exam. A friend of mine mentioned this program to me and it was definitely worth the investment. The structure of the program was very simple to follow and the practice tests and audio were so helpful in learning to know what the test is looking for in your answers. I am proud to say that after almost six years of time passing, I was able to pass my Law and Ethics exam on the first try! I am so excited and thrilled to share with others that going into the test, I felt so prepared!! Thank you so much for your help on helping me pass this test on the first time! Can't wait to study for the next exam!