CA COMBO: MFT Law & Ethics and Clinical Exam

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 


California MFT FAQs

How Do I Become a Licensed CA MFT?

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:

Do I need both MFT Exam Prep Programs now?

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.

What is the Difference Between the MFT Law and Ethics exam and the MFT Clinical exam?

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!

Is the topic of Law and Ethics tested during the CA MFT Clinical Exam as well?

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.  

How does the CA MFT Clinical Exam compare to the National AMFTRB Clinical Exam?

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.


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Course Reviews

Thank you for the extensions! I love the program and it definitely suited my learning style.

The TDC course materials are excellent. The part on theories alone is worth the price of admission; pay attention to those! As for your attitude and strategic approach to the exam, you may have to figure out something that works for you personally, and it may be different than the approach recommended here; figure it out in advance and you'll do fine!

I AM BEYOND THANKFUL FOR THIS PROGRAM! I just passed my test today thanks to Amanda! She truly was “in the room” with me when I “leaned into” the test! I am especially thankful for the mock exams, they more than prepared me for the real thing! The anxiety didn’t hit until I finished my last question and hit submit! I would recommend this program to anyone who needs to brush up on what the BBS is exactly looking for. I used all the strategies that Amanda talked about (except taking a break...oops!) I pushed through and finished with 45 minutes left! It’s still surreal. Thank you TDC.

Thank you so much for creating such a thorough and helpful study prep course. The course was easy to go through and covered an extensive amount of material in a way that was easy to digest and remember! I couldn't have passed without this course!

Thank you so much TDC, it was truly a magical experience to get my paper back that shared CONGRATULATIONS you have passed this week. TDC prepared me with all of the study guides, audios, and mock exams. I really took Amanda into my test and leaned in, great advice! All of the study strategies were amazing and helped me to stay present and focused. Thank you for all the help along the way and study tools for both the LMFT Clinical Exam and Law and Ethics Exam! Time to take a much needed rest after studying hard. Thank you TDC, I would highly recommend you to anyone! Onwards to the future!

I was surprised at how well I breezed thur the exam. I felt very comfortable answering the questions. I did almost everything you said to do. I took a break but only when I felt frustrated at about the 121 th question. I finished early (just under an hour early) and did not go back thur any of the questions. The best part of the program for me was being able to contact you staff for support. Their advise helped me figure out what I was doing wrong. I did not need the second final mock. Your program had me completely prepared. Thank You!!!! I have already referred your program to at least 11 other clinicians. There will be more referrals from me. Again I am beyond thankful.

I want to give a big THANKS to all of you for your support and help. Thank you Asya for the tips you gave me during our one to one tutoring time a week ago.

I want to thank Robin of whom I have been in contact with over the entire period of time I have had this program she has been very helpful with tips and support when needed. Though had an individual coaching session with Asya on 2/14/2019 and she had a lot of wonderful tips and ideas that I think helped me see some of the questions a little differently. This programs works whether you take it once or more than once they will help you until you pass! So excited to be able to say I have completed my goal finally! :) Happy studying and good luck to all!

TDC has been amamzing!!! I love the organization and how you can complete the steps at your own pace. TDC definitely over prepares you for the test, but I’ve learned so much and feel even that much more confident with my theories. I highly recommend using TDC for your studying!

I used TDC to study for my Law & Ethics and it was very helpful. I felt the information provided was relevant to the actual test and I was able to bring in the voice and use the information and techniques during my test. I used TDC also for my Clinical exam. The first time i felt very overwhelmed with all the information and topics provided while studying. Unfortunately, I did not pass my test the first time and i think it might have been because my brain felt very overwhelmed with so much information. The second time studying and using TDC helped much more. I realized the first time i was focused on learning everything! Where this second time i focused more on the strategies and techniques to break down the vignettes, understand the questions, and focus on what the questions was actually asking me. My brain felt less overwhelmed and more focused. I am so happy and thankful for all the support TDC provided me with. Thank you.

This program gave me the tools and techniques I needed to pass the exam. The program teaches you without you directly knowing how much you are learning, and allows you to detect and choose the correct answer almost instinctively. I passed my first time!

I have used TDC for both Law and Ethics exam and clinical, and they helped me to pass first time. High recommend.

I am thrilled with this course! I felt it fully prepared me in every way for this exam:)

The Therapist Development Center Study Materials prepared me well and gave me so much confidence going into the MFT Law and Ethics exam!
I will definately be using the curriculum for the LMFT Licensing Exam.

After failing the Law & Ethics test once using a competitors study program I chose to purchase the TDC (The Therapist Center) package and I passed. I highly recommend the TDC program to everyone. Follow the instructions, it works. I will keep my momentum and begin studying for the clinical . Thank you, TDC.

I am not a strong test taker but with the support of the TDC materials and my Coach, Asya I passed the Clinical Exam on the first try! I followed the study program as close as possible. Implementing the self care tips and test taking tips were really beneficial when it came to maintaining a hopeful attitude during the test. The TDC package is well worth the investment. Thank you TDC! I will using your package once again for the National Exam.

TDC is the reason I passed my exam! The material covered all of the topics that were on the actual test. The practice tests were incredibly helpful in preparing myself for the real exam. I felt that they were challenging and the rationales helped me understand questions/answers in depth.I have recommended this program to multiple people and they have all reported the same feelings; - that TDC was instrumental in passing their exams. Thank you so much for equipping me with the tools I needed to pass my test. I've also saved a lot of my notes and materials in general as material that I can look back on. Thank you!

Great tool, especially the live coaching. Go TDC!

I studied for about 3 months with TDC. At the time, I had a full time job, with a mental health agency. I passed my test on the first try. I did horrible on the mock tests, but they really prepare you. It was money well spent. Kelli McLean, MFT

I didn't finish the exam the first time. After this program, I finished with 10 minutes left, and passed!