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 loved the way this course trained me to think about the material. I had a meltdown during and after taking the mock exams, but I felt totally prepared on the day of the exam. I am thrilled that I passed on my first attempt, and I'm ecstatic that I am now a licensed marriage and family therapist. Thank you, TDC! I will recommend this course to all of my therapist friends who are preparing for their exam.

I felt really prepared and confident when I completed my exam. I appreciated being able to reach out to a coach to help me with a time management timeline. I would recommend this program to everyone. Thank you!

I really like the way that this program is set up. All the people that I know are using this system.

TDC was fantastic for my both my Law and Ethics exams (LPCC and LMFT). Before discovering TDC, I had purchased a cheaper study program which was not nearly so thorough and I learned you definitely get what you pay for. TDC was worth every penny in terms of peace of mind, being prepared, and exam success! Thanks to all TDC's practice exams, hundreds of practice questions (with answers explained) and strategies of what to focus on and how to approach the questions, I learned *how* to take the exam which was equally as important as the content itself for the final exam. Even though the final exam at the test center had specific questions I had not seen before, the topics were all familiar, the questions had a familiar feel, I knew how to approach them, and the whole process of taking the exam felt familiar and comfortable and definitely reduced my stress during that final exam. I will definitely use TDC for my clinical exams. I highly recommend this study prep course.

I used TDC and it helped me in every way to pass my exam today! Thank you! It feels so great to be done with this long hard journey! Cheers TDC family..


Thank you for this program, it was amazing in preparing me for the MFT Clinical exam in California.

Finished my masters program in 2012 with 6 months left to go I took in my sisters children 2.3,4 at the time now, 11,12,13. I was blessed with parenting and raising these children and in result has to put my goals on the back burner even receiving a second intern number. I first went with AATBS it’s what my
College used in 2012. A friend in 2018 told me try Gerry Grossmen, I couldnt figure out the logic of the tricks. After not passing twice I was discouraged and started new employment. My boss is an LMFT and she said try TDC I promise you will love it and you will pass. Listen to Amanda??? Who is Amanda? Well, Little did I know that Amanda was the best friend anyone could ever have during this exam process and her method stuck with me, even through the test! I’m hands on so being able to take notes and listen to rationales while having test in front of me helped. The kids would ask, “ what did Amanda say today”. My test was backed up to the end of October the 29th to be exact and the day before I had a plan and everything you could think of went wrong including having to switch hotels. So I ended up at 6pm looking over the papers I put aside for the day before and finishing the mock 1 and review. I made it to the final mock 2 but had to click through it because my eyes were burning. I finally put aside used eye drops and had to trust myself. Next day morning jitters I woke up showered and went over one page to get in the mode and felt positive, prepared, and ready! I was going to conquer my fears of test taking and today was the day! Started test my chest felt heavy at one point so I closed my eyes said a prayer, breathed a couple times and pressed on. By 100 I was ready for my banana and Gatorade and bathroom break, literally doing jumping jacks in the hall way of excitement that I was almost done!!! Coming into the final 10 questions I feel my heart beating rapidly practically
Jumping out of my chest. Question 170 done:)!! Only 2 marked went back like Amanda said was able to find something different in the questions stem and DONE! I finished! The lady in the front reminded me of Mrs. Claus with her cheery disposition, however she turned my paper over and showed no emotion. I picked it up and the word pass started the water works that was long overdue. I went in the hall dropped to my knees and thanked God and Amanda for helping me get over my own fear of failure! My life has changed for the better and already has opened up more doors. Going into this journey I didn’t know my husband would also have a bad accident and become 100 percent disabled. This test had more meaning than words can express, but I’ll tell ya” it was marked as one of the best days in my life that I will be able to continue to support and care for my family and make a difference in the lives of others!
Thank you So much for the guidance and the Audios! Best program ever to date in my book! No doubt when people ask what program to use that to I will always recommend TDC!!!

OMG!!!! I am so happy with TDC and the staff!! I was so nervous and everything that happened just as you guys said it would!!! I literally had Amanda's voice in my head thinking about how each answer would hold up and I remember thinking...Hmm...Amanda would say that answer is not strong enough!!! Haha!!! So Happy!! You guys are the best!!! I passed on my first try!!!

This program is so well put together! I have referred several therapists! It's evident that
Amanda knows what she's doing! The program is comprehensive. She has covered EVERY detail! Amanda has put a lot of time and effort into making you feel as if she is with you every step of the way. She has a great knowledge of how people learn. She says that exercise is a MUST and she is absolutely right! The quick studies were a great help. The strategy talk toward the end of the program, hearing from the two coaches, (Reading the question before the vignette) was a complete GAME CHANGER!!!! That strategy helped me to read the stem through the lens of what was being asked. Also, being told to avoid "Maybeland" Obviously I can't say enough!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! <3

I feel like TDC over prepared me which I am very grateful. I took every mock exam and review the questions I had wrong. I was able to use the strategies and pass my exam the first time.

Due to Covid-19 testing restraints, Person Vue had limited testing availability. I had only two options, 7 weeks out, or over 3 months out. I opted for a test date that was only 7 weeks out and had not started any test prep. I purchased TDC immediately and was able to follow their study timeline pretty closely. Letting them determine when and for how long I would study relieved so much stress and prevented me from overworking myself. I felt very well prepared for the test and finished with extra time to review a few flagged questions. Thanks TDC!

The mock tests were very helpful and helped me with time management. I had 40 minutes remaining on the actual test after answering all the questions. I had time to review my answers and didn't change any of them. I would suggest test takers hydrate before taking the test, especially if they don't plan to take a break. I did have a light breakfast so that helped. I arrived early and they asked if I wanted to go ahead and begin. My appointment was to begin at 10:30 am and I began at 9:45 am. It was nice to take the exam at a location that was not far from where I reside. Thank you so much for sticking with me until I passed!

I felt very well prepared for this program. Not only for the L & E exam but incorporating this knowledge in building my clinical knowledge. Covers all areas and explained easily to understand. Thank you!

TDC was very helpful! The most helpful part was the audio rationales for the mock exams. It was also helpful to listen to the audio topics rather than reading from a book. Thank you TDC!

I thoroughly appreciated TDC's program. It not only provided sufficient material to review/study, but Robin was always so prompt and clear in her emails. I appreciated the numerous practice tests because they helped me practice strategy and prepare myself with how to manage test anxiety and/or time management when taking the test.

I have always had extreme anxiety around test-taking. TDC, not only taught me the material for the clinical examination, but also guided me through the anxiety. I followed the plan and was delighted to pass on my first time. Thank you!

TDC got me beyond ready for the exam! The full mocks really prep you for the real deal, that the actual state exam felt easier than the two full mocks provided! Thank you for keeping me on my toes and helping me reach my goal of licensure!!!

It's difficult to give a testimonial for TDC without detailing all the reasons why AATBS is horrible. TDC has a nuanced and specific understanding of the lmft exam and it was evident in the first audio introduction. AATBS mindlessly over prepares you for DSM diagnosis and under-prepares you for the generic and frustrating questions that make up the majority of the test. If I had gotten lucky and chosen TDC instead of AATBS I would have passed the first time.

I would absolutely recommend this study material. I had the opportunity to view a friend's study material from another company and I felt that it gave so much information that was not relevant to the exam. TDC did a great job of covering a ton of material but kept it relevant to the exam specifically. I bought this material specifically for studying for this exam and it gave me what I needed. Overall I think it's exactly what I needed to pass my exam the first time through.

I passed the first time! TDC lays out exactly what I needed to study in a well planned order, provides outlines, and the audios were incredibly helpful to listen to! I took advantage of a tutoring session with Asya and wished I had done it sooner! She was amazing and extremely helpful! The customer service is excellent, and they always got back to me quickly. They really want to help you pass! I highly recommend TDC!