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

TDC was very helpful and prepared me very well, thanks to Amanda and Asya

Thank you TDC, I passed my test the first time!

TDC not only fully prepared with knowledge and information about the test, but also gave me the confidence going into the test. I was able to honestly tell myself “I can pass this!” Because of TDCs program.

Thank you so much for developing this program. This is by far the best program out there, and it reallly helps you to prepare for the MFT exam. I struggled with my time management when taking the last two finals but was able to do just fine in the real test. The practice final mock exams really helped me to pinpoint my weakness areas. I’m so happy because this time I passed the MFT clinical exam.
Once again thank you Asya for your promptly response to my questions.

There is no way I would have passed first time without TDC. I loved how I didn’t have to find out the information-i just had to plan my time and listen to it all.

TDC was a key component in helping me pass my exam the first time!! I am extremely grateful I listened to my peers who recommended this study prep material. AlI of the information provided (handouts, audios, rationales) was extremely useful. I walked into the exam feeling mentally prepared for the questions as well as prepared to handle the anxiety and doubt that came with it. Thank you TDC!!!

I am so grateful to TDC! I passed the first time! I enjoyed the structure of the program, and the coaches were great!

Yes!!!! Thank you so much! I love TDC and truly helped with my clinical exam. Thank you Ms. Asya!! Truly appreciate you for supporting and working with me throughout this experience. Yay!!!!!!

I passed!! Yahoo!
I listened to Amanda's first lecture on How To Think the day before I took the test and it really helped.
I am so glad that I revisited the part on feeling ambiguous with my answers during the test taking. Honestly, there were only a handful of answers that I felt absolutely certain that I answered correctly. But I kept on moving through the test with just 10 minutes to spare. I used the 10 minutes to look at my marked answers and only had one "Awe" moment where I made a change.
Thank you for all of the support. I think I am going to miss Amanda's voice and have withdrawal symptoms from not studying. Happy Holidays to Everyone at TDC!

Trust the process, typically I don’t learn well with audio but I was surprised how great it was plus it gave me the opportunity to write notes and it really stuck!!!


TDC was amazing at getting me in the mindset for the exam!!!!

This course thoroughly prepared me for the exam. It covered things it needed to, and the rationales were extremely helpful.

I have taken the CA MFT Clinical Exam twice and failed before using Therapist Development Center MFT Exam prep study system. I used another study prep program the first two times, attended their weekend workshops, took all the practice mock exams multiple times and it was devastating to fail each time since I felt I knew the material, yet just cannot seem to adjust my brain to how to take the exam. The exam felt like it was reading a foreign language. Additionally, the practice exams did not look like the real exam, I felt the test questions were much easier compared to the real exam.

However, with TDC study guide, I finally passed. It is an extremely organized system and I would definitely recommend it to all MFT Associates. The practice exams were very much like the real exam and even though the practice questions felt like they were harder, which was depressing when I got my practice scores back, I preferred for it to be harder since when I took the real exam, I felt extremely prepared. I do not believe I would have passed the exam without TDC. Thank you Amanda!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I was so nervous about taking my exam. Using TDC really helped me feel prepared. It also made me feel like a better therapist. Reviewing all the theories made me more confident in session with my clients. During the test, I felt knowledgeable. I got really anxious on test day, but I was actually able to hear Amanda's voice in my head telling me how to think. The most valuable part of the experience was the mock exams. The mocks took away the surprise factor and I knew what to expect when I sat down. I definitely recommend this to a friend.

Amanda... I really appreciate this course... I have tried other ones and couldn't pass.... English is my second language and I tend to have problems with time but because the questions were so familiar to the ones you presented on your program, I was able to pass. Interestingly that I haven't heard no one that took this course to prepare for exam and didn't pass. Of course, I can rely on God for passing honestlly... but your program made it easier... And you are very informative of all the topics... very clever and direct. I really appreciate that you put together this course so we can be successful. Thank you so much!!!!!

I appreciated the thoroughness of this course. I also appreciated the fact that it was not simply rote memorization. The course taught me a lot while concurrently preparing me for the exam. Although I could have organized my study time better, the course still got me through and I passed first time, so thank you TDC!

Still cannot believe I passed! Thank you Amanda! Excellent preparation. Highly recommend. Thank you. 

I studied for the Law and Ethics and the Clinical MFT exams with TDC and my experience has been great. I was able to pass both exams the first time. TDC prepares you not only for the exam, but it really helps you learn and understand important information that is essential for your practice. Thank you TDC! I have also used the coach services and emailed questions on topics that were not very clear to me. Asya replied in less than 24 hours with clear explanations. Thank you TDC staff for your help and support during this stressful journey!

TDC helped me tremendously to chunk down the mass amount of study content into relevant manageable sections. This helped cut down my study time big time! It also offered excellent strategies and insight into common pitfalls to avoid. Very happy I chose this program!