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

The combination of ways of learning was so helpful. Access to auditory and visual learning is great for those who study in varying ways. Including guidance on self care during the study period, before and during the test were great additions!!

I found myself getting asked what type of learner I am and I really couldn’t say one or the other of visual or auditory. However, with this program being both I was able to go back and forth as needed. Really enjoyed the lectures and I passed on the first try! Thank you TDC!

I passed the LMCE today. The study material and the mock exams that are provided by TDC ensured my success. For those who are preparing to take the exam it is very important to be mindful of your time, use the exam tips for managing time that TDC provides. This helped to keep my anxiety in check while taking the test. Thank you TDC!

The strategies audio was a game changer for me it transfomed the way that I approached the exam and made a huge difference. Thank you!!!!

I couldn't have done it with out TDC, this time I followed the program exactly as Amanda says to and I passed.

TDC is a blessing for anyone attempting to prepare for this exam while keeping a balanced life. As a mother of a toddler, currently expecting a second child, the thought of preparing for this test felt daunting. Taking time off from private practice and/or non-profit work also impossible. However, Amanda took care of the parts that overwhelmed me. She provided the structure, information and rationales in such a way that it felt good to take some time each week to study. Yes, you heard me, it felt exciting! All I had to do was grab my iPad and everything was there. I can honestly say TDC held my hand and made this mountain fun to conquer. Don’t suffer, buy the program, trust and enjoy the process. Many thanks to both Amanda and her staff!

I really enjoyed doing the program. I love the fact it was fairly unedited and raw. I was able to study while taking the kids to the park, listening at home during my RARE free time, and on my phone at work which was especially convenient. I really appreciate the thought re-framing that was coached up, specifically on using practice test failures as building blocks to being successful on the actual exam as opposed to seeing it as lack of program progress. I did get the sense I wasn't passing during the actual test (as stated throughout the audio rationales) which inevitably turned out well for me. I was able to pass on my first try, no re-take whatsoever. I am so thankful I made the purchase as I didn't want to spend the money initially. Trust me when I say IT'S WORTH IT. Nothing is more important than investing in yourself. It's a smarter and more strategic plan than risking just books alone. You will avoid having to potentially re-test multiple times, as that would probably end up being more expensive anyway. Obviously I put in the work to pass so do the same, purchase, work the program to the tee to your best ability, and its going to provide you the best opportunity to pass first try!!!

My test coach was wonderful! She was very responsive in a timely and helpful manner. Also, I loved that it was possible to play the answer portion of the materials at variable play back speed. It saved me a ton of time!

TDC was extremely thorough and really helped me feel prepared and confident for the the test. I don't think I would have passed had I used any other method. Thank you TDC!

All my colleagues have had successfull results with TDC as Social Workers and Therapists. Many have passed their clinical exams through TDC.

Thank you for your excellent program.

I love how approachable the information was through the lecture series and the quick studies. I have printed out all the quick studies and plan to have them bound as an "MFT Manual," which I keep at my desk. They will make a handy reference quide.

I highly recommend this program. Great program with the information needed to pass this test. They also give very good strategies to reduce the anxiety and to be present and focus on the test. I did pass last week the CCE in my first try, after I had tried the L&E for several times. Thank you TDC for your support and the great program.

So excited to share that I passed on the first try. I was concerned because my final mock was not very good, but when I went back and reviewed materials, there was a lot of information that helped me to shift my focus. I felt very well prepared to go into the the exam. The day before included a stress free day of self-care and that shifted my energy. I highly recommend following the guidance and ease your way into the test day. Thanks TDC for such a well played-out study prep program.

TDC was incredibly valuable in helping me understand how to take the test and manage my anxiety. I finished in 3.5 hours and was able to stay calm throughout. I am beyond thankful for this program.

I studied with TDC for my Law and Ethics exam and passed in 2017. I knew that I would use them again when it was time for me to prepare for the licensing exam. The study material is very thorough and I love that there aren't a host of packages at varying prices where I would have to question if I was missing out on essential information if I chose a cheaper option. TDC did an amazing job with this study system and I will recommend them again and again to anyone preparing for exams necessary for MFT licensure!

Thank you again TDC!

Thank you TDC for an excellent program! I passed the MFT Clinical the first time. I took all the mock exams, listened to all the audio recordings. The tips were key during the actual exam. Thank you again!

I studied ALL day yesterday by listening to the audio for the 30 topics, reviewing the handouts, and taking notes! I like that the entire course only takes about 6 hours total listening to the audio (not including the time you take for the exams). I took all 3 mock exams and 1 of the final exams and it worked!! :) Love the system! I'll definitely be using it for the clinical portion of the exam!

I want to thank Robin and Asya for always responding to my questions when I emailed them. Both of them were so gentle and encouraging. The test taking strategies that Robin and Asya gave before the Mocks really worked and Robin's anxiety blog really helped me understand anxiety and how to manage my anxiety. Also, thank you for extending my time every time I requested it. Thanks you again and this program works!

I am very satisfied with this program, in my particular case the suggestions and tips to how to manage my time and how to attack the questions was one of the keys to my success.

The week prior to taking the MFT clinical exam, my uncle passed away unexpectedly making the week extremely difficult. He was a surrogate dad to me and a wonderful role model. Due to our close relationship I was filled with grief and sadness, became less focused and studied sporadically during the week. ( I should preface this testimonial by stating: during my last conversation with uncle he stated, how proud he was of me and was excited about this phase in my life).
My husband and other family members encouraged me to push through and reminded that my uncle would have insisted that I continue with my plans to test. I PASSED !!!!!!!!
The test preparation, lectures, quizzes, mock exams, and review lectures were so incredibly helpful and I could hear "Amanda's" prompting during the test. Thank you TDC staff and all the best to everyone!