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 have real test anxiety and a history of struggling with examinations of all kinds. TDC was very helpful in showing me how to read the questions, as well as eliminate the answers that are not correct. The process got me ready to pass the exam and stay grounded as well.
I am so grateful for this study system! Thank you for making the end of this long journey positive!!

I have failed the Law Ethics Test two times before and had literally given up on ever taking the exam again. I decided to buckle down and really gain an understanding of what was being said, the rationales and how to successfully narrow it down to a correct answer. This program assisted me in doing that. I passed the test utilizing the methods given by Amanda. It was so worth it. Thank you Amanda and your amazing team.

amazing. game changer TOTALLY recommend

I am so grateful that the questions and the rationales were so similar to the Exam that I felt very confident when I took the Exam and so happy to have passed!

The day of my test, I went in the room feeling confident and well prepared. I felt the program gave me the tools and information needed to pass the clinical test. It was the first time I felt so confident taking a test; I have dealt with anxiety my adult life and will often impact my confidence when taking any tests in any capacity.

This program is very accurate and will adequately prepare you for the exam. The final practice exams are much harder than the actual test and I wish I would have known that going into it. However, I am grateful for this service and don't think I could have passed without it.

I PASSED!! SO thankful to TDC. The mock exams are exactly like the real exam, some questions were almost identical. SO well prepared. Thank you TDC!

The TDC study program helped me to prepare and successfully pass the CA MFT and CA Law and Ethics exams. The review materials, practice exams, and preparation tips trained me to identify and answer specifically what the questions asked and helped me to choose the best answer when stuck between two.
I highly recommend the program resources for help in figuring out any challenging areas and building confidence in taking the tests and passing the first time. Thank you so much for all of the help and resources!

This was a comprehensive study plan that prepared me for the exam. I have used various study programs in the past, but this was the best. Many thanks to the staff.

TDC was great and helped me feel confident and fully prepared for the LMFT Clinical Exam. The test questions were a lot like the mock exam questions. I used TDC for both the Law and Ethics Exam and the Clinical Exam and passed them both on the first try! I would and have recommended TDC to others.

TDC mocks were comparable to the exam. The study material was good and prepared me for the test. The mocks were great in learning to pace myself and how to approach the test. I also liked how all through the study materials I was given insight to taking the test, how to approach the questions and read the stems was a difference maker for me. Thank you TDC.

TDC was essential in passing this exam! This program really helps you learn how to navigate the exam to decipher what the questions are really asking. Most importantly, the strategies help manage anxiety, especially when it is hard to determine the correct answer. I'd recommend following the schedule and make sure to take the Final Mocks with plenty of time to review. Thank you, TDC!

TDC was extremely helpful. The mock exams were discouraging because they were so difficult, but it truly helped me prepare for the actual exam. The content of the questions were very similar to the actual exam. Recordings and justification were clear and understandable. Topics were thorough, so you are able to review information you probably haven't seen from graduate school.
**If you feel you are not scoring well on the mock exams, don't worry! Keep reviewing and listen to rationales to better understand how the exam is testing you.

This was my second time using TDC and taking the LMFT clinical exam. The first time I took the LMFT exam in 2020, I did not complete the mocks, was really stressed with work/life, and did not follow the study plan as recommended. The second time around I buckled down, listened to every recording at least 2 times, tried to take as many mocks and quizzes as I could. I also reviewed every single question that I got wrong, took notes, and used all the tips and study strategies suggested. I really wish I would have done this the first time around, but I didn't. However, I did the 2nd time and gratefully I passed! The 2nd time was so much easier and I felt so much more confident. I felt slightly more anxious only because I didn't pass the 1st time, but that is expected, right? I was also really worried that TDC wouldn't have everything that I need for the new 2021 LMFT requirements, but it did have everything and even more. Less law and ethics questions on the actual exam because of the new outline of course. During the exam, I actually felt over-prepared especially for theories, human diversity issues, and treatment planning. My strongest suggestion is to follow a study plan, reduce your work/life stress, eat healthily, meditate/deep breathing, and do the mocks they really do get you prepared! Good Luck!

I was nervous going into the clinical exam due to the changes placed by the BBS. I only used TDC and listened to the new audio and felt more than prepared! I used the same concepts and problem-solving strategies and passed! I felt confident going in and supported!

TDC helped me feel confident and ready to pass this exam. Don't get me wrong, this exam is a BEAST to get through. Endurance and positive self-talk were instrumental. Within our field, we truly learn to internalize the voices of our supervisors. We carry them with us into the room with clients. They become part of our inner talk. Amanda did an AMAZING job with these lectures. By the time I finished the program and sat for licensure, I felt that she was truly with me in the testing room. It was so comforting! The strategies you learn in this program are so key in passing this exam. Thank you TDC for giving me the confidence to attack this exam and become a LICENSED Marriage and Family Therapist!

I utilized the TDC courses and mock tests for 21 consecutive days for 1-2 hours each night + the three 4 hour mock exams, and I was more than prepared for this exam.

TDC prepared me 100% for the exam!Loved the study plan/schedule,the audio lectures and the mock exams which really prepared me for the actual exam!TDC coaches are there to help and are super responsive!
Thanks again TDC for helping me pass!

I felt confident and prepared for my test because of the material in TDC. Not only did it cover everything on the test, but it also helped me to navigate how to take it. The rationales were incredibly helpful and the mock exams were very similar to the actual test. I also enjoyed the process of studying because of the program!

In signing up for my exam, I gave myself 3 months to study for this exam. TDC sets you up for success right off the bat with their audios on "How to Study" and "Get Organized", making it easy to stay on track. I found myself to be motivated to study because of the amount of material that would be covered and how much I felt like I retained. You are guided through the study materials with facts and great examples that stick with you during the exam. The mock exams are difficult and can get you down if you let them, but they really set you up to be confident during the actual exam as there were no surprises. I felt like the questions on the clinical exam were much easier than the mock exams. I knew exactly what to expect. Thank you TDC for your great study program!