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 followed all of the recommendations as to preparing for this exam. I loved all of the lecture series. The practice tests helped me to think critically.

This was an amazing study resource. I was over-prepared by the extensive coverage of the Top 50 topics, DSM, Diversity, and Theories lectures as well as the lecture on how to reason through question stems.

Great course. I owe my license to you all!

I was suggested TDC from a friend after failing the Law and Ethics Exam twice, used your study guide and passed with ease. When it was time to take my clinical exam, I came straight back to TDC. I had more than enough information to pass the exam. The strategies given were what gave me my calm during the actual exam. The mock exams gave me a harder time.

There is no doubt I would not have passed this exam with out the TCD test prep course. Thank you for the thorough preparation, not only of the test info, but also to psychologically prepare. I was able to go into the test feeling like I had what I needed to pass.

I tell everyone about your program. It is SO much better than the other I tried (Grossman). Thank you for your support, speedy responses, and excellent material!

I am grateful for the hard work of the TDC community! The audio lectures and mock exams were essential in my preparation for the LMFT test. Thank you!

TDC helped me pass my LMFT exam on my first try! I felt that the way the information was presented maintained my interest and motivation throughout the program and helped me break down how I needed to study to feel prepared. Thank you for an amazing program!

I used TDC for law and ethics and knew I had to use them again for my clinical exam. It is such a great study program and I chose to follow it rigidly with a schedule and followed all the advice from Amanda. I find that it overprepares you, which is not something some of my colleagues report from other test prep packages. This allowed me to feel that I was VERY READY. I also utilized Nancy Klein the day before the exam as a last minute coaching session. She helped me to feel confident and helped me with an additional tip that augmented TDC in the way of how to answer the questions when you are down to 2 choices.

I followed the recommended study process and dedicated 6 hours a week for 9 weeks to study. I learn by reading and writing, so I took notes. A LOT of notes. for every study guide that was printed, I transcribed the info in to notes and added notes as I listened to the lectures. I reviewed my notes during week 7 and took the practice/mock exams week 8 and 9. Reviewing the rationales for the answers was BEYOND HELPFUL and really solidified HOW to take the test and parse the words and phrases to determine the best answer. I took nuts and a banana with me, ate right before I went into the testing center. They gave me a dry erase tablet and I wrote my full name and "Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist." That's it. Amanda, you were right, I felt like I was failing multiple times, especially around the halfway point when I was not where I wanted to be for the time I had left. I had flagged some answers by then and was really in my head. Then I remembered that some of the questions are test questions and maybe those are the ones I flagged. Lots of stretching, breathing (with my mask on), and glancing down at that dry erase message that I was already an LMFT. I completed the test with 20 minutes to spare allowing me to go back to the flagged questions. I re-read and decided that I would go with my gut and NOT change the answers, trust that I had successfully put the responses in order as if I was having a session with that client and recognizing when I wouldn't actually do something ie; convince the couple to stay married for the sake of their children. Exactly 4 hours later -- literally on the dot -- "CONGRATULATIONS. You Passed the California Clinical exam." THANKS TDC!! - - Tanna Jacob, MA, LMFT :)

So grateful! I was aggressive, and pushed my self to sign up for the exam within 4 weeks of having my hours approved. I purchased the program 11/18/2021, completed the program and passed my test on 12/16/2021! I felt prepared and comfortable taking the exam. This course is organized and succinct. I am a better clinitian because of it! THANK YOU TDC!

"I really appreciated how TDC helped to organize my thoughts in a way that both prepared me for the test and for conversations with my clients. I feel even more prepared and excited to move forward as a licensed provider. Thank you, TDC!"

I tried AATBS and Gerry Grossman and wasted lot money
I should have just studied with your materials from the beginning if I knew this program before those 2 programs.

Honestly I did not follow the program as directed the first time as life circumstances got in my way and the expiration of my number was approaching so i felt I had no choice and had to take the exam. This time I had a more focused approach and utilized all the directives given that have been proven to work according to this program and I passed with confidence!!

I passed yesterday! TDC has your back. I had major anxiety during Final Mock #1 and did really poorly, which wrecked with my confidence, but I learned from my mistakes and kept going and by the end, I felt ready. I will say that having gone through that awful anxiety prepared me for how I might also feel during the exam. In the beginning of the exam I felt a wave of it, but bc I had learned that most of it was due to time management, I was able to relax, knowing I had time markers to refer to whenever I needed. That was huge for me. There are moments when you feel like you are failing, but getting through those, and moving through it is essential to finishing strong.

I would like to thank the TDC community for all of the support that was provided. I really appreciate the encouragement staff provided when I had no passed the first two times. I also appreciate how you stuck with me and provided resets on the study material until I passed. TDC is an excellent study resource that I would recommend to anyone for exam prep.

I used TDC programs for both law & ethics and MFT clinical exam. I really like the audio because I do not like to learn by just reading. information stays with me when I hear it from others. The short summaries of each topic is helpful and easy to manage for me. I passed on my second attempt at the clinical exam. I believe due to studying for a second round all the information and taking all the exam provided; reviewing the answers afterwords is most helpful! Thank you!

Study Program was very helpful. I passed the first time I took the exam.

The course material was highly relevant to all aspect of the clinical exam. In addition to the content on the actual material about theories, law and ethics and the 50 topics, I found it very helpful focusing on strategies provided in this guide to be able to pass the exam. I felt very well prepared for the clinical exam upon rehearsing the strategies when taking the mock exams, which boosted my confidence when I took the actual clinical exam. I am very grateful with TDC, I felt you were there every step of the way! thank you!!!

I think TDC was very thorough and made me feel very strong in many of the areas covered. I definitely felt that I started peaking right at the right time before taking my exam.