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

It helped me think for the exam AND even more importantly helped me grow as a therapist. Thank you!

After a very long 12 year journey and extreme anxiety, TDC helped me pass my LMFT exam!!! I found the study materials to be incredibly useful. The mock exams helped me navigate the stresses of a 4 hour exam with grace! Thank you, TDC!

I'm so grateful for your test prep program and coaches. I passed the first time. I heard you, Amanda, during the exam. Thank you!

Thank you!

The TDC study system definitely prepared me to pass this exam. Thank you.

Everything you need to know is in this study material, the audio will be playing in your head while testing!

Great course with good materials and very pertinent information. Audios we’re very engaging.

Thanks to TDC for going along in this journey with me.....I've finally passed the LCME exam!!!
I had previously tried other study programs and unfortunately I was not successful with passing the LCME exam. This time I decided to go with TDC and I was successful and finally passed the LCME exam.
Again, thank you TDC!!!
Erika M. Frausto

Thank you TDC! It was so nice not having to memorize the entire DSM! I feel the LMFT test is half knowledge and half critical thinking. Knowing the facts will help you narrow down the top 2 answers, but the critical thinking is what helps you choose the right one. I needed a lot of help with the last part and the audio rationales really helped.

I heard about TDC from many peers in the field who highly praised it and I would concur with their experience!!! I had to take the exam 3 times in order to pass, but the TDC program did a great job preparing me and Robin was such an AMAZING and ENCOURAGING tutor!!!! She helped me tons!!

This has been a long journey for licensure and today my journey has been completed. Thank you Amanda, Aysa for your support. TDC is with you until you pass, but more importantly they support you also with words of encouragement also.

Today was the end of a long journey for licensure. TDC is committed to be with you until you pass. I was not one of the lucky ones who passed on the first try. I took me several times to do so. The one thing I can say to anyone who is on there way for licensure is keep at it and start believing in yourself. Follow all the tips to manage anxiety and bring in Amanda to your test. I was using this technique a lot and let me tell you it helps. I can go on praising TDC so I will end with a Thank you to Amanda, Aysa and the rest of the TDC staff.

The program is great. The system that people use to study will vary. I studied off and on for 6 months. The longer I studied, the more familiar the material became. I was able to use the rationale tapes in my car, that was great.

TDC course was very helpful. I used them for both the law and ethics exam and my clinical exam too! I passed both exams on the first try too! :) I really enjoyed the rationales and believe it was very helpful

I finished the exam with an hour left. The testing material covered everything I needed to know. I used the information to make flash cards and found it helpful. The mock exams and the strategies were wonderful! Thank you!!

This program more than prepared me for the exam. The exam itself was not as hard as the mock exams. I went through the program twice and felt confident when I walked into the exam and passed on my first attempt. Thank you TDC for the process and journey! I found the entire program well worth the money!! I enjoyed the lectures and the handouts as well as the quizzes and mock exams.

I highly recommend this course! It helped me feel confident about passing the exam!

This program (and the 1:1 tutoring provided) truly saved my life (literally and metaphorically). As someone who refused to "pay" for this program initially and thought I could do it on my own with some study books (and studied my butt off and yet still failed the exam the first time around), I RECOMMEND YOU DO NOT DO THAT! Seriously. IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND WANT TO PASS THE LMFT Clinical Exam BUY THIS PROGRAM! All of the other programs are knowledge-based, which you would think is what you need to know to prep for this exam. It's not. While this program adequately covers the knowledge, it more importantly teaches you HOW to take the test and knowing how to take the test is without a doubt the reason I passed round two. Also, as someone with severe anxiety and severe test anxiety, this program was helpful in decreasing that.

I would highly recommend using this program to study for the MFT law and ethics. The study materials and the exams were very similar to situations you will be tested on in the actual exam. The tips and strategies this program teaches you will definitely prepare you to eliminate questions and find the best option.

TDC is an exceptional Study Program. Trust me, I used other study programs prior to TDC and failed the exam twice. I studied with TDC and just passed the exam today. Thank you Amanda and team for being there with me in the examination room. My heartfelt gratitude. Bernadette Tassone