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 would highly recommend this study system. I did not overly study and yet I felt really prepared as the exam continued. Most of the questions on the practice exams were really close to the questions on the actual text.

I can confidently say if you take the entire study course, follow their directions and are able to manage your anxiety you will pass the law and ethics exam. I am one of those people who considered themselves a "bad test taker" (story I've told myself since I was young). For the first time in my life I was calm and confident going into a big exam. TDC does a great job of accommodating to every type of learner, and explaining each concept in a way that is easy to grasp. I will most definitely use TDC when it comes time to study for my clinical exam!

The program is great. It felt like a lot at the beggining but once I trusted the process and follow through the mocks and final mock it was much clear how to put everything together and understand HOW to think in the test.

Thank you from my heart

As someone with test anxiety, I felt uneasy about putting all my "eggs in one basket" by not using any other test prep materials. But I was wrong! TDC has a really effective way of teaching you the material and helping you feel confident to pass the exam, as I did on my first try. Would highly recommend TDC to anyone

I think TDC does a great job of covering everything. Most importantly, the strategies must be used, the exam is full of vague answers and ones that sound great in languaging, but don't match the vignette.

I highly recommend this exam preparation guide for anyone who struggles with test anxiety. It's very helpful and I passed on the first try.

TDC was great! The topics were covered in a way that were clear and easy to comprehend. The study plan was broken down into reasonable and attainable time blocks. It was well organized and nice to have prompt support and questions answered when needed. Thank you TDC Team!

I PASSED!!! I passed my Laws and Ethics exam first try!!! The real was easier than I anticipated. It's a great feeling to leave the testing center with my examination results stating "PASS"!
I was preparing to take the Laws and Ethics exam and didn't know where to start studying. I purchased the TDC program after a suggestion from a co-worker stating that "the passing rate is 95% as it really prepares a test-taker to pass". Without hesitation, I followed her suggestion and surprisingly this program is away better than I thought. Obviously I studied as recommended by TDC and beyond! TDC is definitely a program that prepares one to take the Laws and ethics Exam, and I hope that the Clinical Exam will be equally the same as I will be sitting next year. I can't express enough my gratitude to God to give me the strength and this awesome study program!

It was do or die! I really enjoyed the recordings as I am a visual learner, meaning, I cannot retain information by simply reading the material and challenged with test anxiety. I finished with 25 minutes to spare. Last year, I took the test and failed by 15 points because I second-guessed myself, challenged with test anxiety. I reviewed the top 30 Topics prior to taking the exam and passed. Excellent program, thanx to all of the TDC Family. Highly recommend. Munoz

I took my exam on 4/17/21 and I feel TDC has no only prepared me as far as knowledge goes, but also helped me manage my anxiety, time management, and how and when to go back and review questions. So thankful for TDC!!

Not only did TDC prepare me for the exam, it increased my skills as a clinician. My colleagues noticed a difference in my skills and knowledge in supervision and case consultations. I wish lifetime access was an option. It was that good!

I thoroughly enjoyed this program, it gave me confidence and provided a sense of security throughout the study process. After I passed the exam, it seemed as if I was over-prepared (if there's such a thing) thanks to this program. Thank you! 100% recommend.

I attempted my MFT clinical exam in October and failed. I soon realized that this exam is quite different from others I had taken in school as Amanda states in her TDC program. I studied again following step by step on the program (just giving myself more time per segment) to make sure I understood the materials. I had to go over some sections twice because English is my second language. I listened to the strategies more than once and followed the tips for exam day. On exam day, I did not feel like I passed because I ran out of time at the end when I had 10 more questions to go and even then "I PASSED". It feels great to see my effort pay off. TDC does prepare you, hang in there, If I did it, You can do it also.

Very pleased with the program overall, especially the mock exams. I found TDC's mock exams to be pretty challenging in comparison to the actual exam, so that on test day I felt confident and prepared. I appreciate TDC's emphasis on staying calm and "attacking" the test as opposed to unnecessary memorization, which in my experience just creates anxiety.

I couldn't be happier with the TDC program! I used the program prior to taking my Law and Ethics exam and passed without difficulty, so it was a no brainer to use TDC when it was time to take the MFT clinical exam. I'm happy to say I passed the first time out and I know it was due to using the TDC program. It's fantastic! Like the Law and Ethics exam I was so well prepared for the clinical exam that despite having some "pre-test nerves" on board I also felt confident. The program covers everything essential from exam content to testing strategies to additional coaching and support. In addition I want to mention that during the study process there was a period where I was unable to access my materials. I'm happy to report the tech staff at TDC was on it and it was resolved in no time, so I didn't loose any precious study time!! Thank you TDC!! I'm so happy you've been a part of my journey and I will definitely highly recommend your program!!

Love the structure! Happy I took this decision and passed the first time! TDC did there part.

I passed and the program is EXCELLENT for the exam!!! Thank you TDC

I really like the way the studying was structured. I work best having a calendar of what and when to study. I really loved the fact that the mock test timed you, it allowed me to get over my anxiety of being on limited time to take the exam.

I found the course challenging but the structure and rigor of it left me...truthfully worried if I would pass. This was largely due to my practice tests scores. I had improved each time I took a test but felt like I was still having a hard time with the material and would have preferred higher scores. However, the minute I started my test I became much more confident that I would pass. The practice tests were more difficult and the information provide was very thorough. I passed my test and I still call upon the information provided by this course.