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 must admit that the first time I took the LMCE I did not follow the TDC's steps the way it should. I failed the test. This time around, I followed the steps and passed. Follow the steps everyone.

The TDC prep course did a nice job of covering the knowledge topics that were on my MFT licensing exam, as well as significant preparation in understanding how to approach and think through problems. I also felt that the course did an excellent job of preparing me for the experience of taking this exam, including time management, and the experience of taking a long exam where it is difficult to assess how one is doing on any one problem or the exam as a whole. This really helped me to maintain focus and manage potential anxiety.

LOVE TDC! Recommending to all my colleagues. Everything was on point. Thank you!

Excellent approach to this marathon type of experience. Topics and the presentations (written, oral, and the ability to repeat topics and mock exams) were extremely helpful. Coaching was supportive, reliable, and top notch.

Thanks for all your help.

TDC really prepared me for the MFT law and ethics exam and I passed first take! The course content, the planning, and the support that TDC provided during the course is unmatched.

I was looking for something to support my re-entry into the profession of psychotherapy and this program supported this process. Felt refreshed with my understanding and knowledge. I definitely used the tools/thinking strategies while in the test.. I took you with me and it worked!! I am looking forward to more courses with this program!!!

Following all suggestions, narrow the answer to two choices, and match your final answer back to the stem. Super helpful. The handouts with each section are also very useful in organizing the information. The program itself is well-organized, easy to follow. Highly recommend!

I believe TDC provided an excellent comprehensive resource with outstanding support

It is such as great program. It truly prepares you for the exam.

I am a HORRIBLE test taker with severe ADHD but I feel and felt so confident going into my test using this program. Everything Amanda said would show up on the test did. Exactly how she said I would feel during the test was exactly how I felt. I wouldn't recommend doing ANYTHING else but strictly TDX.

Thank you TDC for helping me pass, the exam was brutal but I passed first time. I'm an older MFT, 50+ and getting licensed has been a massive professional goal. I can now say: "I'm a fully licensed psychotherapist." This is very rewarding. Thank you again TDC for your help.

While the real exam was challenging, I feel the TDC mock was much more difficult! Which better prepared me to remain calm and “lean in” (as Amanda says) once I was taking my real exam. Thank you TDC!

I was so happy that I signed up with TDC! I started with a different study program and did not feel confident about taking the exam and my practice test scores reflected it. So I decided to invest in TDC's program and I immediately felt reassured with the amount of material provided, including worksheets and audio portions! Being guided by Amanda was really nice and having that type of support was awesome. I definitely felt more prepared and confident walking into the testing center! I'm now proud to say that I passed and will absolutely sign up with TDC again for my clinical license exam!!!! :)

This is my second time using TDC- once for the national MFT exam, and now for the California LMFT Law and Ethics exam. Both times I have felt that as I have followed the program, I have given myself the best chance of success! The program left me feeling prepared and confident!

TDC really helped me understand and prep for my L&E exam. I'm certain that it helped me pass first try!

Passed my MFT law and ethics exam on the first try. I found TDC better and more helpful compared to another prep course I’ve tried. Every single element of the prep course helped me be mentally prepared for the exam. It’s worth the money and I’m eager to use TDC for my clinical exam prep too!

TDC's CA LMFT Clinician study program was excellent! The material was well organized and I love that the learning was via audio with accompanying visuals. I spent 1/2 of my studying time listening to and then reviewing the material and the other 1/2 completing the mock exams and reviewing the rationales. TDC's mocks were harder than the actual exam, which left me feeling pretty better than expected on exam day. Thank you TDC!

This study guide aka lifeline was just what I needed. It prepared me for tough questions and long scenarios and gave me confidence in my ability to identify the correct answers. Amanda was with me during the exam, and I was glad about it!

This program is amazing in comparison to another program I used. The information provided helped me feel so confident in my knowledge and ability to take and pass this exam. I will recommend this program to everyone!