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 for your help! I definitely took you in the room with me and used the strategies throughout the test. I made sure to take a bite of my snack and drink before going in and I'm glad I did because I didn't have enough time to take a break. You are awesome and I'm so glad I chose this study package versus ones that have you read and study on your own.

TDC is an amazing program. I loved the helpful preps including the mock exams, audios, rationales and printables. You guys set up a great program! Thank you.

Thank you TDC!!!

Program was great, thank YOU! I went into the test feeling confident and was able to pass my very first attempt. I am the first of my master's program cohort to even test and it felt good to share with them that I passed! TDC was awesome. Especially the verbal explanations of the answers. I was able to just walk around the house with headphones in and listen to questions and answers all day to prep day-of and I think this is really what helped me go into it so confidently. Next is PCC Law & Ethics. Wish me luck!

I used TDC for my MFT Law and Ethics exam and passed and I decided to use TDC for my MFT clinical licensure studying. I am a visual learner, so I was initially nervous with TDC because it is so heavily based in audio. However, I found that the audio in combination with the written materials and the practice exams worked perfectly for me. I actually found that I preferred the audio aspects of the studying. The practice questions are in the same style as the exam which helped me to feel less overwhelmed during the actual test. I only connected with the coaches once towards the last couple exams that they responded within the listed time frame and were very helpful and reassuring.

I felt that the TDC materials more than prepared me for the licensing exam.

I can't say thank you enough. I am so full.

This program was amazing! I felt so confident and prepared going into the exam. Worth every penny!

Passed both MFT and PCC law and ethics exams on the first try. Training was exceptional. Thank you! I'll be signing up again once I'm ready to take the clinical exams.

This program was amazing! I was thoroughly prepared and I felt more confident after studying! The system is easy to use and very straight forward! I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Therapist Developement!!

I’m thankful for this material. I failed the exam twice and passed after going through this study material.

Thank you for coming in to the room to take the test with me. I kept thinking how you would answer the question and that brought a sense of peace.

I had originally spent way to much money on another study system which required a ton of memorizing and gave no help at all on how to actually study for, prepare for, and actually take the test. I felt doomed. I had been out of practice for nearly 4 years and my original Registration number was going to expire in a few short months, so it was now or never. I had already renewed it the most times allowed. I submitted my paperwork in July 2020, and my new supervisor suggested Therapist Development Center to me. I still felt my time was running low and starting back in practice after a four year break meant I had a lot of information to brush up on. TDC was so easy because they helped me lay out my exact plan and when I would study. I would listen to the post casts in my car and as I fell asleep every night. The information was sinking in. When I got to the First of the final mock exams I scored a 58. I was mortified! I had previously been scoring in the 70's and 80's. I reached out to the online coach and she got back to me right away. She assured me the final two mocks were very difficult. I made sure I had enough time to do the second mock and go through all of the rationales prior to my big day. The computers were down when I arrived for my test time and I didn't start till an hour after my appointment. They had given us a dry erase board to use during our test so I used that time to write down all the tips I had remembered Amanda telling us regarding taking this test. There were also some Dx criteria I wrote down that I know would be hard to remember if I was under stress. I wrote as much down as I felt I needed to and then I was ready to start. I followed all of Amanda's guidance on food, and taking a break etc. I finished with 5 minutes left even after taking my break and having some food (the clock is still running even though I stopped to eat), and I'm glad I did because I was recharged and ready to go. The final 15 questions were so hard because I was realizing I was almost DONE! My anxiety was high at this time. I just kept breathing and staying calm, and reading each stem word by word. Relieved was an understatement when the proctor handed me that piece of paper that said "Congratulations." I sat in my car and just cried for a few minutes, tears of joy, and happiness and relief. I know I never could have passed if it were not for these study materials. Thanks to this entire team for creating such an amazing course to help us achieve our goals of licensure! Also, I was able to go onto Breeze and input my info and upgrade my license and it was done instantly after paying with a credit card. I was licensed that very same moment!

Kimberly Dunn, MA, LMFT
CA License # 122763

Complete the program and you will feel prepared. Plus, you come out of the program really having a stronger foundation embedded in your mind around law and ethics. Thank you TDC for the learning experience and test-taking preparation that allowed me to pass the exam!

TDC helped me feel confident heading into the test and taught me tricks to look at the questions in a way that led to my success. Thank you TDC!

I love the audio format. This format really works for my learning style and as a busy person being able to bring them with me totally saved me. I really do wish they were available offline, maybe in an app? I really appreciate this program.

After taking both TDC final mock exams I was anxious, even though I passed both, but barely, But once I got to the actual exam and started answering questions I felt much more relaxed and confident as I started working my way through the exam. And, even though some questions were confusing, I felt a growing sense of confidence that I was working my way through the exam efficiently and answering questions correctly.

I just took the LMFT Clinical Exam and PASSED on first try!!! Such a relief and I am so glad I chose TDC because it was very easy to navigate and so structured providing a study plan. I love it that it was specific and straight to the point and did not provide whole bunch of information that is not needed. I followed their study plan and found it so helpful and did all the steps twice for 3 months. I would definitely recommend TDC because I believe it prepared me so well before the exam that I passed on my first try! Thanks TDC :)

TDC prepared me extremely well with the most cohesive and coherent approach currently available on the market. What I genuinely appreciated was that there was just the right amount of content and plenty of strategy/tactics to keep you learning, being, doing, and executing on the road to success.

I have earned a JD and have done similar exams in the past, but took nothing for granted. I leaned in, and fully engaged with my learning and will say that TDC's materials and approach are all that I used and quite frankly, currently, all that was necessary. It is a complete and integrated program that works, provided you commit to executing your plan and approach. I made two full reviews of all of the materials and designed the program to work for me and my own ways of learning and I would encourage you to deeply think about your own personalized approach to working with TDC's materials. However, I will still say that the universe of content that you will draw upon from is comprehensively provided by TDC in a way that, unlike other companies, will not bury you with irrelevant minutiae (a 250 page text book, for example).

A final, and pivotally, important tip: Read every question word-for-word in your head. Parsing the language of the question stem VERY CAREFULLY will make all the difference - from getting it right (or not). Language matters. Parsing matters. Preparation matters. Immensely.

I finished the exam with about ten minutes to spare and did not mark a single question for subsequent review. I was calm, confident, and focused when I went in and felt the same way when I read the report waiting for me as I exited the testing Center. Reading the word "pass" felt so damn good! Thanks to TDC!

Amanda - Good to hear you in my head and Robin, thanks for being responsive and warmly encouraging on e-mail to my questions. Both of you helped me to optimally prepare for this examination.

With gratitude!

I've told all my fellow associates to get TDC as it does a phenomenal job preparing you for the exam! As I was taking the actual exam I thought, "Boy, this is easier than either of those last two TDC mock exams were!"