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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This program gave me a really solid preparation to take the test. I went through the program only once and I felt really confident taking the test. There were no surprises, aside from a few weird questions that were probably the experimental ones. I'll definitely use TDC for the clinical exam and will recommend it to colleagues.

I believe the material over prepared me for the test. The entire program was helpful and I went into the test confident. Thanks

This system is so perfect: I love that the information is broken down into so many parts which makes it easy to take in. The combination of audio and quick studies allows for different ways to take info in which is effective. The mocks were KEY, but the final 2 were soooooo hard which rocked my confidence too close to test date BUT the test was a breeze by comparison so I was so glad in the end!

I went through this program two times. I think everyone should go through this two times to prepare for the test. Doing Mock exams at the same time of the actual test helped me, too since my testing time was towards the late afternoon-evening. It prepared my brain how I would feel sitting 4 hours in the testing room! The actual test was easier than Mocks and I ended up to have 20 minutes left when I finished all questions. Of course I took a break and ate snacks, in the middle. Thank you Amanda for coming with me in the exam room!!

Thank you so much for this helpful program and for the support I received from the coach.

TDC prepared me to such an extent that the final exam was a lot easier than the final practice tests I did. I would much rather be over-prepared than under-prepared. Thanks TDC!

I passed my exam on the first try using only TDC materials. As a new mom and a full time employee, it was very convenient to access these resources on my own schedule. Would highly recommend!

This program not only prepares you to take and pass the exam but at the end of the day it makes you a more detailed therapist. I have been working 50 clients a week the past few years since the Camp Fire here in Northern California so my experience is high but I also know I have so much more to grow! Thank you ladies for pushing me to the next step of my career!

"Chance favors the prepared mind" according to the famous chemist, Louis Pasteur. I can honestly say that I went into this exam feeling that my mind was prepared - thanks to TDC! Not only did I feel confident and prepared, I believe I am a better therapist. I learned so much from Amanda and her team. Several years ago I failed the "oral" exam twice. It was devastating. We then moved out of state for over six years where I worked in higher education. Upon return to California in 2017 I was determined to get my license and pass that exam. Sadly, I learned my 3000 hours had timed out and began process of acquiring another 3000 supervised hours - which I did. After my hours were approved early this year, I immediately purchased the TDC clinical LMFT study prep course since TDC well prepared me for the Law & Ethics where I passed first time. I heard so many people talk about how great the TDC program is. I actually enjoyed studying for the exam using the TDC materials. They are personal and provide exceptional skills on how to reason, how to think, how to rule out the wrong answers. I grew tremendously in my knowledge, skill, & judgement as a result of this program. I can't imagine using another program. Amanda is gifted and called for this - her voice is easy to listen to and she is articulate. During the exam, I definitely leaned into her words when I got stuck. I also want to say that taking the actual exam was somewhat easier than the last two final mock exams. TDC more than prepares you and totally sets a person up for success. I am overjoyed to have passed and fulfilled my lifelong dream of being a Licensed MFT! I can't thank Amanda and her team enough for this life changing resource.

Many of my colleagues recommended TDC and I can see why. It was easy to navigate. It was so thorough and it really prepared me. I studied for 5 weeks on and off and I love that there were several practice exams to take. The test taking strategies helped calm my nerves during the test. I passed my exam and I couldn't be happier. Thanks TDC!

TDC was the reason I passed my clinical exam. They OVER prepare you, which by far the best thing you could walk into the test with, lots of knowledge. When I sat down to take the test I was amazed how well the program mimicked the exam. I knew how to read question stems properly and knew what to look for in the answer set. I was hesitant to spend so much money, but let me tell was worth every penny!!! Thank you TDC for you support and guidance. I'm officially a LMFT. Woo!

I PASSED on my 4th attempt!!! It has been a very long journey for me. I loved TDC because it was so clear and concise...all the information is there that you need, and nothing that you don't. Robin was especially prompt and helpful in our e-mail correspondence as it grew closer to Exam Day. The BIGGEST thing I can say that helped me is learning to trust myself, know that I was in control and NOT the Exam and NOT my anxiety. This was HUGE for me. I am so grateful for the support of TDC all the way to the finish line!!

This is the BEST course to prepare you for your exam! Every step of the way TDC builds up your reasoning skills and provides you with explanations on how to think throughout your test. This "how to think" is paramount to your success. After you learn all the material, which is wonderfully organized for you, you begin to test your ability to cope with the thought, "am I getting these right?" TDC will guide you through this and answer all the questions you have to PASS with Confidence!

I am so thoroughly pleased w/ my experience w/ TDC and truly believe I would not have passed the test if I had not chosen this program. The best strategy is to over-prepare the student which is exactly what TDC did for me. I was actually very frustrated with my scores in the mock exams, but now know that it was teaching me to identify my areas of weakness. For me, I personally felt I needed to take an extended period of time to study and digest the material, and to start "thinking" like Amanda. There was no way I would have passed this exam w/ just studying for a few months simply because there are so many topics and concepts to fully grasp and understand - and not just merely memorize. I literally listened to the audio countless amounts of times and re-took the quizzes as much as possible. I studied for this exam during my entire pregnancy and maternity leave while caring for my newborn. Asya was very helpful in her responses to my questions and apologize for not having the time to respond. Her emails were not only helpful, but also very encouraging and gave me hope during the process. One thing I would suggest is possibly adding a separate audio or document solely on the topic of time management, particularly emphasizing the "just keep swimming" approach while taking the mock exams. All in all, I highly recommend this study course and wanted to take the time to submit a thoughtful testimonial of my positive experience w/ TDC.
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TDC was instrumental in helping me be intentional and structured in my preparation for the Licensure exam. Thank you all for your support.

Great prep!! Mock exams on here were harder than the actual exam.

I am an incredibly anxious test-taker, along with being a perfectionist. My method for studying has always been to panic study, over prepare, feel as if I wasn't going to pass, and then end up doing well. Not a healthy strategy, I know. The tips and tricks, as well as the way this program was mapped out really helped me fight the urge to deviate from the structure of this study plan. I will say that I did not feel confident going in to the test after performing on-par with the Final Mocks. What I realized when I started the first question on the actual exam is that I was slightly desensitized to feeling unsure and like I was failing BECAUSE of how the Mocks set me up! I didn't question every answer, but instead followed the guidance given at the beginning of the program. I knew so much more than I thought I did. While the fund of knowledge given throughout this course is amazing, the actual prep that is given, emotionally and with what to expect, was what really got me through this process. Thank you TDC!!!!

The program was great! I passed the exam on my first try. I learned a lot & also feel better equipped to take other exams in the future! Thank you!!!

I am so completely grateful for the support of TDC and recommendation by my supervisor. I truly believe this system helped me to overcome my anxiety and do my best and yes, pass on the first try!!