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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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.

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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!

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TDC is great because, if fully utilized, it over prepares you for the exam and covers everything you need to know to pass the exam. I have heard terrible things about some of the other study programs out there. I also used TDC for my Law and Ethics exam and passed that the first attempt too. Thank you so much TDC!!!

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I felt very prepared by using TDC's study program. I additionally found that the communication and support that was provided by Robin, helped to keep me grounded, and reassured.

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Loved this course. It was interesting, well taught and easy to grasp, I felt very supported "virtually" by Amanda and Robin and I felt as confident as I could possibly feel going into such a difficult exam. This course really over-prepared which I was thankful for. I loved their test taking strategies and found that they really helped me in the moment when I took the exam. Amazing program, and worth every penny.

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I am grateful that my colleague suggested using TDC to pass the MFT Law and Ethics Exam. The strategies taught in the course as well as the mock exams prepared me how to go about narrowing down the correct answer. The course in general prepped me to be confident with less anxiety going into the exam. Thanks TDC!

My clinical work is incredibly intense and demanding, so I didn't have much time or energy after work to study. I spent maybe 15 hours studying w/ TDC over the course of 2 weeks. I did not have time to utilize all of the material and had to prioritize. I was nervous the night before the test and didn't sleep at all. I felt like I was failing the test the whole time. My brain became exhausted halfway through, and I answered the last question with 1 minute left on the clock. Guess what? I STILL PASSED. The moral of the story is: Relax, you're going to pass. Thank you TDC!

I had already completed the study series but the test was rescheduled. This happened another two times! Each time I would start to review the test would be canceled and I would have to reschedule. This time I was slow in reviewing and struggled to pass and finish the practice tests on time. I reviewed the rationales on the practice tests. Then I went back to the basics and reviewed Top 50+. This helped me grasp the mistakes I was making. I took the test yesterday and felt so calm and ready for whatever was on the test. TDC really prepared me to be able to think about the test, the strategies to find the correct answer and the skills to remain focused for whatever question I needed to answer.

Awesome........ I passed!!!!!!!!!!!

Honestly, when I first started I was absolutely scared to death. I have extreme anxiety and I was not confident that I could learn the material in a comprehensive way and pass the test. However, following the timeline and sticking to it, and taking all the tests especially the ones over that I did poorly on, really helped me think in the way that was essential in order to pass the test. I took the test and only once did I need to take a break, stretch, go out for a walk and when I came back I finished and honestly felt confident that I passed. If I can do it anyone can, with hard work and perseverance. I will take the prep course for the Clinical exam when that time comes.