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 first took this exam last year and failed. I had bought a study guide book off Amazon and assumed it was enough for me to pass, but I was wrong. The book offered a very broad overview of California’s law and ethics and it didn’t prepare me for the actual exam. Failing the exam left me feeling extremely disappointed, upset, embarrassed, and stressed. When it was time to re-take the exam, I discovered TDC and it was a GAME CHANGER. I cannot say enough good things about this program. It's extremely thorough, helpful, user friendly, and encouraging! It not only teaches you all the information you need to know, but it also teaches you HOW to take standardized tests and think through each question. I found the exam questions VERY similar to the practice questions. I used the TDC program while super pregnant with two little kids at home and I PASSED. This program helped me feel prepared and confident going into the exam. I was able to keep my test anxiety under control and passing is such an enormous relief. 10/10 recommend TDC to everyone working towards their license. You got this!

The program was effective and taught me how to apply what I learned to the test.

I passed the LMCE on the first try! I focused on the TDC study program and got great results-- if anything I think I may have been over prepared. Highly recommend the program to anyone who likes to learn by doing; the practice tests and rationales were so beneficial to my success. Thank you TDC!

The thing that got me through the test was taking your advice to answer all questions and flag the ones I didn't know instead of lingering too long on one answer. Ultimately I had five minutes to review the 40 questions that I flagged. I had little time to review the ones I flagged. I'd rather fail because I missed an answer as opposed to leaving them blank due to time running out.
It was also helpful that you said, "you will feel like your failing, just keep going. Don't let it discourage you."
I was convinced I failed the test. I rarely felt confident with my answers. I felt absolute on about five questions. It is frustrating that I got a pass, but I can't see how many I missed. Why do they do that?

WORTH every penny!! I have testing anxiety and this program NAILED everything to prepare you for the exam. The mock exams are harder in my option than the exam which really helped during the exam. I felt well prepared and confident. I reached out to coach Robin for support and she provided effective strategies for me to conquer and feel confident. I 100% recommend this program!! Thank you Amanda and Robin!

I PASSED!!!! TDC was amazing!! It was a crazy journey but I’m so grateful I passed!!! When I received a 64% on the Final Mock II, I considered rescheduling, but knowing that I had followed the study guide and listened to the audios on my commute as much as I could, I chose to keep it!! The audios of the Mock Exams and Final Mock Exams really helped me!!! I loved TDC!!!! It was very organized, easy to follow, and I learned so much!!! I had Amanda’s voice in my head during the test and finished with just over 3 minutes left! The tips TDC provides helped me with time management. Thank you TDC and Amanda!!

I completed the program in 6 weeks and passed the first time! I only used TDC.

I believe this course should be required after completing a Master's program as it helps to consolidate all of the information learned during your studies. This course also helps to consolidate all the information you have gathered while attaining your 3000 hours of clinical experience. This course will definitely help you pass the LMFT exam and will reinforce your learning from all of your years of study and practice. I highly recommend it!

Excellent program! I passed the Law & Ethics exam on the first try and have TDC to thank! I have recommended this course to other AMFTs because this program works!

This is the first time I have felt prepared to take the exam. You gave practical and logical steps for studying, retaining, and recalling the material.I have used other study materials, but TDC was by far the best!

After trying other programs, TDC helped me to PASS. I spent years with other programs with no good results. I am extremely grateful. Thank You So Much.

I truly appreciate the way you explained each test question as we went through the mock exams. This is what made the information stick in my head.

TDC is all you need! I went through the entire program once. Despite being a nervous wreck and feeling like my mock scores were too low... TDC over-prepared me for the exam. I am so grateful for this program. The first half of the exam actually felt easy in comparison to the mocks. Believe in yourself and attack the test as Amanda says. I kept reminding myself to "lean in" when I got tired and it made a world of difference. Thank you TDC.

I felt completely prepared for the exam and passed the first time! Amazing program!

I was nervous about this exam and waited until I was almost out of school for a year to take it. I was wary of spending so much on a study program but heard positive things from my colleagues and decided it would be worth it if it helped me pass the exam on my first attempt. The program was thorough and easy to follow. I loved having the audio explanations to the practice exam questions, it really helped me learn from what I got wrong. Plus, I was still burnt out on reading from grad school so having this different format was really helpful for me. I listened to the various audios on my commute to work, on walks around town, while doing chores etc. The exam was still a little tricky and I wasn’t confident on every question but that’s expected - I was glad to receive my passing score and attribute my success to this program. Thanks!

TDC did exactly as I hoped and prepared me to pass the exam. All the tips, tricks and study materials were excellent but most of all it built the confidence in me that I knew the material and I was going to pass.

I could not have passed this exam without TDC. It is the best program. So grateful for TDC!

I am SO grateful for this study guide. It was overwhelming thinking about how to effectively study for this exam, and Amanda did an amazing job making everything clear and concise and covering all the topics. I felt super confident going into the exam, whereas a few months prior I felt incredibly overwhelmed at the thought of taking it! Thanks TDC!

TDC was extremely helpful! This was the only study tool I used and felt totally prepared to take the clinical exam!

TDC is an excellent test study program, complete with information-packed audio rationale, practical test-taking tips, challenging pretests and mock exams, and overall support. Many thanks!