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 attribute my success in passing the exam to the Therapist Development Center program. Following the recommendations of how to study set me up for success. The format of the mock exams were such that, when I was in the live exam, I felt very comfortable. It was important to pay attention to not only the right answers to questions but also to notice how I take the exam. For example, I would get through the tests in an hour when I have an hour and a half. I would find myself picking the best answer and noting the second best answer. If I took a little more time with those questions to consider rationale and choose the best answer, I scored better. I also appreciated the responsiveness to emails that I sent when I had questions. All of the support in this progam, helps build confidence for taking the exam.

Passed on the first day of spring in the covid times! This program was great. The practice questions were spot on, and the advice all sound (Amanda was there with me). I had a lot of test anxiety and the program made me feel prepared and ready to do my best.

Thank you TDC. I used TDC years ago and passed the law and ethics exam on the first attempt. I am so glad I used TDC again for my LMFT clinical exam. I took the test today, and I passed on the first attempt! The study material and lectures more than prepared me for the exam. The voice of the lecturer was definitely in my head during the exam. A special thank you to Robin Gluck. Your kind words of encouragement helped to keep me focused when I experienced high levels of doubt and anxiety towards the end of my studies. Again, thank you TDC!

The time management and test taking strategies really helped me out and learn how to think and focus on what the question is asking and what to look for. Listening to the audio rationales felt like I was reviewing it with a colleague. I really appreciate the ability to ask a coach questions. I felt more prepared and confident enough that it reduced my anxiety. Thank you TDC Team!

I felt somewhat confident going into the exam, which is good. I really felt the program prepared me for managing my anxiety during the exam. I really leaned into it and was able to tolerate the discomfort of feeling I may be failing. The 4 hour mocks -- the last two final mocks-- were harder than the exam itself, so that was good. The mocks were so important to get game ready!

Excellent information related to required knowledge base, and outstanding strategies!! I felt appropriately confident throughout, and finished with a few minutes to spare.

The TDC Program was incredibly comprehensive-it was the only study program that I used to prepare for the exam. I had been out of graduate school for three decades and based upon an employment opportunity, decided to pursue my license. Initially the material was super overwhelming as it had been so long since I had been in school. I took a deep breath and took it one step at a time and I passed the exam on my first attempt. I could have never achieved this goal without TLC! I loved the support and encouragement - I definitely took Amanda into the test with me and continued to say to myself, "Suzi, you can do this" and I did! I am thrilled and grateful to have discovered TLC!

I recommended TCD to all of my colleagues that have not yet taken the L&E exam! An excellent program for learning and for passing the official exam!

Thank you so much for all your work! This was an excellent step by step experience. This program gave me all I needed. The Final Mock exam was much more difficult than the real exam. Thank you Amanda for being the voice in my head, thank you Robin for supporting me when the going got tough. I am so grateful!

I'm so glad I used TDC to study for my LMFT Exam! It was well organized, thorough, and definitely prepared me for the actual exam.

The best study prep resource! I appreciate the clarity in explaining the various material. The material helped me to strengthen my skills in conceptualizing cases as well.

I passed and I felt prepared by TDC's program. I also appreciated the suggestions and guidance from Robin regarding time management which helped me a great deal.

This program covered everything! In fact, they over-prepare you for the exam which helps immensely! Their rationales on the practice tests/exams really help you understand the presenting case, reading through a vignette, and prioritizing what the question is asking. I give this course a 10/10 and would recommend it to anyone preparing to take the exam!

Last time I took my clinician exam I USED aatbs and failed with a 99. This time I used TDC and passed. TDC taught me how to answer the questions that are being asked of me. I decided to over prepare and go through the course 4 times. I actually memorized the whole program. That was unnecessary of me because they test didn't test my knowledge of the material. They tested my ability to apply what I learned. I am so happy I choose TDC.

It was expensive, but worth it. I found the test taking tips very helpful, "think safety, read word for word..."

TDC absolutely prepared me for the exam! I cruised through the test with an understanding of each question as it all had been addressed in the audios and handouts. Look no further as Amanda and her team will get you past the finish line.

I have extreme test anxiety and have to say that your program exceeded my expectations. It helped me feel prepared and confident. I would recommend your program to EVERYONE. Thank you thank you thank you!

I am so glad I chose TDC. I completed the entire program twice. Only used TDC and I really felt over prepared which was a good thing. The actual exam stems were short and easy to follow because I had learned to navigate your stems which are much more difficult. The strategies and exam day tips were very helpful. I felt like I knew what to expect. I took you into my exam with me and it helped so much. I was very nervous when I first began to prepare because I have been out of school a while and have a job currently where I don’t do a lot of clinical day to day work so I really felt behind the curve. The way your program is set up took a lot of the nerves away because I just had to follow the program! THANK YOU!!

Very glad that I chose this program! It was very helpful in understanding how the test works and how to learn the material to support the test format. Thanks TDC!

This program OVER prepared me and it was great!!! I Felt prepared with knowledge to take the test and was sooo glad I used this program, it provided me with everything I needed to know and really liked the calming techniques used.