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

The TDC test prep for the CA MFT Law and Ethics Exam covers EVERY topic in which you will be tested and in thorough detail. I followed the recommended study schedule through listening to the audio files of the Top 30 Topics and Let's Talk Ethics, then my personal life imploded a bit and I my studying took a backseat. I continued to review the audio files and reviewed my notes when I could, then the week before the exam I spent time going through every practice test and final mock exam. I reviewed all the test rationals to further clarify my understanding of the topics. As I sat for the exam, I knew I was prepared. As others have mentioned, I thought the practice exams were more difficult than the actual exam. This program has helped prepare me to be a better therapist. I will definitely use TDC when I sit for my CA MFT Exam.

This course was really helpful and made me feel as prepared as I could on test day. I used for law & ethics and clinical exam. Highly recommend!

Thank you!

TDC prepared me so well for the exam! Thank you!

I find the study materials from TDC very helpful. Even though I did not pass the exam with my first try, I feel that I have enough support from TDC to help me try again.

I found this training to be very helpful. I especially loved the lectures as I listened to them over and over again to get the information in my head. The coaches are wonderful also!

I thought the program was fantastic! The audio lectures, printable study guides and the mock exams with rationale were the ideal combination to learn and solidify the information. You really taught me to think critically and think about how the BBS (and real life) would want me to answer each question. The course was well organized and I felt very confident that if I followed the schedule, I would be well prepared and I definitely was well prepared. I would HIGHLY recommend your course! Thank you so much!!

I attempted to read the literature study guides and failed the exam the first time. It was as if I was not retaining the information. When the presenter in TDC started speaking, I almost immediately sensed that this was the answer for me! I understand that we all learn and retain information (kinesthetic, auditory, and visual). I was able to hear the rationale for the answers and uncovered an additional learning style, I had not quite tapped into before. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you TDC! I already recommeded you to FB group person seeking the best study guide!

This prepared me so well for the clinical exam. I felt confident, prepared and ready going into take the test. so helpful, great study resource!

What I love about TDC is that the tutorials after I took the mock exams were so helpful to understand why an answer was correct compared to another. The tutorials were also motivating and helpful to look for key words. I learned to understand the concepts and not study just the terms. I am so happy to have found study material that prepared me so well to pass my Clinical Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist exam.

Several friends recommend this program and I'm glad that I picked TDC. The program was easy to follow and after going over the program 2x, I sat for the clinical exam and passed with confidence! I actually felt over prepared with minimum anxiety. I would recommend TDC 100%, THANKS!

TDC helped me pass my test on one try! So thankful for their study materials :)

Thank you. I passed the both ethics and clinical exams with your program. It was comprehensive yet concise.

I took the California Law and Ethics Exam and passed on the first try thanks to TDC. I was so pleased with the program that I also chose to use it to prepare for the MFT Clinical Exam for California and once again, I passed on the first try...this morning :)
Thank you so very much for this very comprehensive and user friendly program! And a special shout out to Asya who was responsive, knowledgable, supportive and able to pinpoint areas of focus for me when I needed it most!

After failing this test several times, and using different study programs, this program helped me accomplish my goal of finally passing this exam. I have always been a poor test taker. This program helped me build confidence in taking this exam, and understanding the topics, questions, that are on this exam. What I liked most about this program is the podcasts provided that help you understand how the BBS wants you to answer the questions. It also helps with understanding how to read the questions and what to look for in each question. I look forward to using this program for my clinical exam for my MFT license. I would highly recommend this program to everyone!

I thank God, Amanda and the TDC team!!!! Following their guidance and listening carefully to all the tips, strategies and rationales helped me tremendously on the exam. My first round of studying, I did not follow their testing strategies and I did not pay close attention to details (i.e. the Top 50, DSM, etc.), which led me to not pass. However, on the second round of studying, I took detailed notes on the lectures, went through all the steps with a "fine tooth comb" and followed their guidance on how to manage my anxiety and maneuver through the exam and....I PASSED! Than you again and I appreciate all the hard work you all put in to this AMAZING program!

I am so thankful for this program as I was terrified to take this exam due to peers saying how hard it was to pass the exam. I did everything outlined in this course and passed on my first try. I was nervous going into the exam because I was scoring in the high 50’s on practice and mock exams but reviewing what I got wrong helped me to become a better test taker. I felt the practice and mock exams were more challenging than the actual exam but challenged my brain to problem solve so I was mentally prepared for the real exam. The tip In having a snack mid test was helpful as I had a fruit snack and small juice box which really did give me a small surge of energy I needed to finish the later part of the exam. Also the tip of having self talk throughout the exam of saying your name and I can figure this out also helped push me through the exam. I also exercised lightly daily when studying for the exam to release anxiety. Everything about TDC was helpful and I hope continues to help other clinicians. Thank you for this program and helping me pass my exam first try. Since starting grad school I was fearful of this exam and now I feel a huge weight lifted and can continue my work being a clinician and doing what I love for a living. Thank you!

I have ADHD and a learning disability. There was a time in my life where my parents did not even know if I would go to college, let alone get my masters degree. Taking this exam was my Mt. Everest. I was able to get extra time to answer to the questions but without this study program and the way it was broken down, it would have been much harder for me to answer the questions correctly based on the testing format. Had I been interviewed in person, I would've nailed it but that is not how this test is given. The most important piece of information was the last audio clip I played the night before. It was just giving pointers and one of the pointers was if the question seems ridiculously hard it is probably a pre-test question, answer to the best of your ability and move on. I kept that in mind throughout the exam, I answered every question but with less anxiety when it came to some of the more challenging ones. This helped from preventing test anxiety to kick in and take over. The other piece of advice was it was okay to be nervous, it was okay to question your own knowledge but just trust your gut. All of that played in the back of my mind throughout the exam. I climbed my Mt. Everest and now I am blessed with a career that will let me help others climb their own mountains. Thank you TDC!

TDC prepared me wonderfully. I felt so ready to take the exam the day of! Helped with my knowledge base and my nerves! Perfect combo of exam readiness!

I am so grateful for this program. Follow the steps and you will successfully pass the exam.