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

What TDC offers feels like a crash course on everything I learned in grad school and I finished with knowledge that will help me be a better clinician. I failed the exam the first time after 2 cancellations by Pearson due to Covid-19 and my heightened level of anxiety around safety and "fogged up" glasses while wearing a mask. Both Robin and Asya on the coaching team was very supportive offering many resources and suggestions via email. I scheduled a coaching session with Asya who was very helpful and reassuring.

I recommend TDC as THE STUDY COURSE to use for exam prep. I used TDC for my Law & Ethics exam 3 years ago and passed first time. Thank you for making it easy to extend my program and have the comfort level you were with me throughout the process! Well done!

Thank you so much! Really. You have no idea. This exam was 13 years in the making. Thank you so much for getting my ready to pass the exam, so I could fulfill my dream of being an LMFT. Peace and wild blessings, Samuel

Could not have passed without this program!

Thanks you so much for your assistance! The actual exam felt much easier than the mock exams. I think this is a testament to the material and thoroughness of the program! I scheduled a session with Asya who did a wonderful job and talking down my nerves and reflecting that I was prepared for the exam despite never hitting above a 68% on the mock exams. THANKS AGAIN! Official LMFT!

TDC does a great job above and beyond to prepare well for the LMFT Test. They provide excellent resources for future mental health clinical practice. Thank you TDC Team !!

The TDC program for the LMFT Law & Ethics exam helped to keep me on a study schedule, and provided a variety of ways to learn (audio, written, and timed practice exams), which was great. I could see my improvement as I moved through the course, and I passed my exam on the first try!

Thank you guys for giving me so many extensions on the program. I had tons of issues with the BBS and pearson vue when the exam switched over. Then my exam kept getting rescheduled for Covid. I really appreciate how easy it was to get more time with the study materials!

If you're looking for the best program to help you study for your MFT Clinical Exam, I definitely recommend using TDC. I used the TDC and passed my exam on my first attempt. I studied for about 8 weeks and that was enough time to help me prepare. The TDC provided just the right amount of information. The coaches are great. I reached out a few day before my exam and the e-mail I received was very helpful. This program has been a blessing in my journey to reaching this important milestone.

A fantastic system! I truly recommend it. You can follow the program as it is laid out, or make it fit your lifestyle and learning style. I live with learning disabilities and this program was still able to fully emerse me without becoming stressed by the studying process. I passed my test the first time around.

TDC is a great way to study for your exam. The audio and written materials are to the point and cover a great deal.

During a world-wide pandemic, blazing wildfires, friends evacuating (a handful of my friends lost their homes --is the picture of duress evident yet?); there I am studying away, but with less time to spare than anticipated. I did not pass one practice exam nor the two mock exams--I was close. I decided to go for it. "Attack the test!" Well, I passed. The BBS test was easier for me than the TDC tests. Thanks to the exceptional instructional design, I am a fully licensed marriage and family therapist.

I can not express how happy I am to have found this program. The practice test are very similar to the exam in terms of the format, the timer and complexity it really helped reduce anxiety on test day. Its true I really could hear the audio lectures playing in my mind while I worked on the exam, it was like having you in the test.

I'm very glad I used TDC. Not only was I able to prepare for the clinical exam but I was able to brush up and learn new material from the audio recordings and handouts. The site is easy to use and I never had a problem with the site when studying and/or taking mock exams, etc.

Excellent Excellent program. Thoroughly enjoyed the lectures and audio lectures and the fact that we could speed them up to get through them faster. Also, felt very prepared fo rthe emotional rollercoaster and physical demands of the test, being that it is so long and is essential to bring food for before during and after the test. Thank you for all the help! I am now an LMFT!!

I have attempted many other methods of study during my master's program and in learning specific methodology for personal use. It's often very cumbersome and I felt overwhelmed! TDC felt like a classroom where someone else had developed a plan of best practices to guide me through. If you follow the plan (not rigidly) you will be ready. Listen to the lectures, take notes in the study guides, map out the plan on your calendar, take breaks and take all the Mock Exams! Thank you so much for all the tools I needed in one easy place. I took advantage of a 1 hour tutoring session three days before my exam. That was a huge help!

TDC really prepared me to pass the exam. You guys are awesome

I would not use any other study program out there. I have utilized TDC for Law and Ethics and the Clinical exam. I am super thankful for the comprehensive quality of this program and level of thoughtfulness (e.g. anxiety management, availability of the coaches, updated tips) demonstrated by staff.

I feel this was a really great program that was so helpful with spacing out study sessions and mock tests. I worked full time during this (as well as studying during a world pandemic) but this test prep company helped managed some test anxiety as I got closer. It was relieving every time I could "hear" the program in the back of my mind to cross out answer options and feel more confident going through. I would absolutely recommend this program to any of my therapist friends!

Greetings Amanda, Robin and all who assisted in my passing this exam. I am overjoyed and filled with great emotion! With the grace of God and this fantastic, program, was the only way I passed this most difficult exam. It was a brutal marathon, (taking with a mask on), and I could hear Amanda in my ear as I was reading the vignettes. The juice and banana at question 85, did absolutely recharge my brain and help me reset. My wife is working the program, now and wishing her the best. Thank you all for your support....

Thank you so much TDC for making studying so easy and straight forward. Taking the mock exams were extremely helpful! I learned a lot. The final Pepe talk was the most helpful.