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

This program is EVERYTHING! I was terrified to take my exam because of all the horror stories I heard. As soon as the first question popped up on the screen I heard Amanda’s voice and I told myself “You got this.” I saw other programs and their question structure and I must say TDC is spot on. TDC really prepares you for the exam. Amanda breaks everything down and you know exactly what to look for. It’s worth every penny. And I can’t thank you all enough! Amanda and all the other coaches... all the time and effort you put in to this... you guys are amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

The Therapist Development Center provided all the materials, both oral and written which made it easy for me to study and learn. I found everything valuable, including tips on how to get organized, quizzes, tests, and the Pep Talk prior to testing. I found ever part valuable. The program layout and delivery was excellent. The content was spot on and although I was so nervous on the test date all of the training I received from The Therapist Development Center prepared me to pass. I used another training program when I applied for my AMFT and did not pass, that weighed on me this time, but I used the skills from TDC and passed.

I used TDC to prepare for both the MFT Law & Ethics exam, as well as the clinical exam- and passed both on the first time around. For the clinical exam, I listened to the lectures multiple times, took my own notes, as well as used the quick-studies for exam prep. I scored in the mid 70s on the 3 mocks, did not do so well on the first "final mock" which is meant to be harder than the actual exam, and leave you somewhat over-prepared- after taking this mock, I reached out to Asya, one of the coaches, and she was wonderful. After an hour of coaching I felt significantly more prepared, as well as confident, and ended up scoring an 82 on the last "final mock." Figuring out the areas you need to brush up on and noticing your patterns in how you answer (either correctly or incorrectly) was also essential for me. After extensive review of the mock exams and the hour of coaching, I had a much better understanding of what I needed to do in order to improve my score. The TDC strategies taught throughout the course are extremely helpful- and work! Managing time effectively is essential, as is finding ways to cope with & reduce test related anxiety. Thank you TDC! I felt pretty good (albeit a bit nervous) into my exam on the morning of, and am grateful to have passed and now have my license. I reminded myself to breathe, take my eyes of the screen periodically, and have trust in the knowledge I gained, as well as the strategies I could employ. I highly recommend this program to anyone that's about to start exam prep!

After failing the MFT L&E, I purchased TDC and then passed. I passed my clinical exam on the first try with TDC. I love how this program not only provides the information that you need to know for your exam but it also tells you how to manage your time and organize yourself in the process of studying. The mocks exams and rationale were super helpful. The test taking strategies were priceless for me as I tend to not do well on multiple choice exams. It was a great investment and well worth the money.

Thank you! Excellent program. I passed on my first try and will definitely use TDC again for the Clinical Exam.

TDC organized the pertinent information in an easy to follow and use program. I appreciated the way things were broken up to study in easily digestible pieces. I felt well informed on the material, as well as tips to identify the best item of the choices. The mock tests and exams are challenging, which was beneficial to prep for the real thing. Thank you so much for this indispensable service! I don’t think I could have done it without TDC!

I used TDC for the MFT Law and Ethics and Clinical Exam and I passed first try on both. I felt very prepared going into each test and was able to use the strategies during the exams. I highly recommend TDC!

I took the Law & Ethics exam before without TDC and did not pass.
TDC overly prepared me during the exam I was so confident I felt I had breezed right through it.
I had Amanda in my ears telling me what to do.
Thanks TDC for all your help, now lets do the same for the clinical exam.

This study guide was absolutely phenomenal. I passed the clinical exam on my first try! THE greatest feeling ever! And I can confidently say it's because I chose this study system. I am referring everyone I know to this!

I used TDC for both Law and Ethics and the Clinical MFT Exam. I felt very anxious and as if I would not pass either exam, but happily passed both on the first try. I have recommended it to others who are taking the clinical exam.

This program was incredible!!!

This training program was very informative, thorough and explored concepts in depth. The questions were far more intense on this site that I found on the actual legal and ethical test, which made taking the actual test easier to navigate through!

I felt so prepared. I had no anxiety in the days leading up to the exam because I felt I solidly knew the material and how to navigate the questions.

TDC helped me stay organized and on task. TDC was kind enough to extend my course to accommodate the changes in test dates. The practice tests and overall program helped me pass my MFT and PCC law and ethics exams. If you understand the WHY behind each question on the TDC, you'll have no problem taking the actual exams. So much gratitude for this program! I'm totally using it for my licensing exam in the future. I trust TDC 110%.

This program helped me feel confident entering the exam because I was familiar with the question format and specific wording to look out for. I also appreciated the techniques and suggestions that I learned throughout the study program. I highly recommend this program to you if you’re preparing for licensure.

I felt very prepared for the test after taking this course - I went through the program twice and followed the recommendations. Also, I very much appreciated access to coaches. Asya was encouraging and thoroughly explained a few topics I struggled with.

My test was cancelled and reschedule twice during the pandemic! TDC was so helpful in granting as many extensions as I needed. The material is well organized and there tips/strategies do come in so handy during test day! Thank you so much!

TDC was amazing and helped me through the process to get licensed. I felt the entire course is designed to over prepare you for the real exam!!!!

Aside from general information provided, TDC give you the tools to know how to answer questions. I felt more confident during my exam that I chose the strongest answer and was able to correct mistakes with the tips TDC provided. The study material was concise and to the point. I had another service that provided to much extraneous and irrelevant information to the actual exam. TDC helped me pass my Law and Ethics exam and now my licensing exam. I highly recommend investing in this program.

I had a great experience with TDC. The didactic materials were easy to follow and actually interesting, and the rigor of the mock exams truly prepared me to sit for the full four hour exam without feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Amanda, Asya, and Robin are amazing!