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 used TDC for my Law and Ethics and MFT clinical exam and I have zero complaints. Honestly, the best study program ever! I've already referred a handful of colleagues to TDC. Worth every penny. THANK YOU, Amanda and TDC!

Its great that you do not have books that arrive to the students house.
The notes & audio are awesome overall.
Asya's consultation helped in strategies to study & remained focus on the issues in the question stem.


Passed first try. Thank you Amanda and Asya for your help and coaching. I am so happy, relieved and ready to start as a licensed professional. This is an amazing feeling.

The BEST study program out there! I passed the CA MFT Clinical exam yesterday (first attempt). When ever I felt frustrated during the exam, I could hear Amanda's voice & final pep talk. The combination of audio lecture, visual notes, mock exams, & recommended test-taking strategies set me up for success. I am recommending this program to all of my friends/colleagues in need of study material. Thank you SO much TDC!

This was a VERY helpful program. I am so grateful for the simple and organized delivery of the study materials. I loved having audio that was supported by the PDF sheets. I appreciated the fact that a study schedule was already created! That took so much of the stress out of studying for me. The practice tests were completely compatible with the real test. Thank you!

TDC is a great study program and I walked into my exam feeling confident and prepared. I am planning to purchase the study program for the Clinical Exam when the time comes. Thank you for your help TDC!

Asya was extremely helpful and thorough! TDC WORKS GUYS.

The program is great! I have a difficult time with exams and I felt very prepared and comfortable going into the exam.

TDC study materials, specifically the quiz and test rationales, really worked well for me. I love the way Amanda Rowen thinks and I channeled her voice in my head during the exam. Thanks, TDC, for giving me the confidence of knowledge, which I used to assuage my anxiety! :)

TDC was by far the most focused and comprehensive study program that I could ever have asked for as a Master's level clinician seeking licensing with the BBS.

TDC exam materials assisted me to study effectively enough to pass the first time in spite of working full time, caregiving my mother through hospice and the load of grief that followed. I don't recommend doing anything but studying and working full time, but because of the focus TDC provided, I was able to focus and enough to get through and pass in spite of grief brain. And, just as with the Law and Ethics exam, going through this intense studying improved my clinical approach, focus and practice. Thank you!

Thank you so much TDC and for Asya for helping me during my coaching session! :) Thanks for helping me pass my first time!


The program is well organized and fairly comprehensive. The practice tests highlighted many of the legal and ethical issues included in the exam, and the test tips were helpful, particularly the pointer about determining whether the question involved a legal or ethical issue. I found studying the chart that distinguished whether a particular issue was legal or ethical or both very helpful, as it narrowed down the choices on a number of questions. I felt confident going into the exam, and passed on my first try, so in the end, I am very happy with the instruction provided by TDC.

I followed all the recommendations given in the study program. Topics were covered in detail and final review tips were especially helpful! 

I’d moved my residence, my office, gotten sick at a couple of points, had an unacceptably low final mock and had to go back and repeat TDC’s paradigm breaking curriculum, and I just didn’t know how anything was going to turn out. I was so nervous! At every turn, when I needed an extension, TDC support was there for me, including when I needed support deciding whether or not to “wing it” after one time through the curriculum or go back into review mode, TDC was there to help. Well worth the money and leaving the competition in the dust - thank you TDC!

Walked in to exam feeling confident and prepared. I had so much anxiety before test started, but then realized that many questions on TDC were very similar. Was so calm and relaxed thanks to TDC

Twenty years ago, I received my degree as a school based family counselor. I tried to complete my 3,000 hours, but my pathway towards licensure took a detour, when I made the decision to raise my four children instead. I allowed 1,000 of my hours to expire. It was 15 years later that I started on the pathway again towards licensure. By then, new requirements had been added to the licensing process. At times, I was discouraged and wanted to change my career goals, but I fortunately persevered. And after six years of internships at three different sites with four different supervisors; and after seeing countless clients--each of whom I own much appreciation to, as they each had a part in my training--I took my test today and I PASSED! As I walked out of the testing center, II shed a few tears from relief and from having been on such a long, long journey towards licensure. TDC, thank you so much for your help in preparing me for this exam. I'm glad you were a part of my journey. --Lisa W.

Thanks TDC for supporting me through this journey. This exam has been very emotionally challenging, but the coaches really helped me hold onto HOPE! The material is very organized and simplified. The most difficult part of the exam was the doubt and emotional roller coaster within myself. I walked in with confidence knowing the material, but the doubt was what made it difficult. BUT...the material is clear, and studying with TDC finally got me the result I wanted. THANKS!

I really liked how organized and structured the course was to follow. There is a lot to study and knowing what and how to study is half the battle. This course provides a very easy to follow path to achieving your goal.

I absolutely LOVED this program! Amanda definitely became "my friend" during this process and even my friends and family knew who she was! :) The set up/structure was perfect for a mom that worked full-time. It kept me on track and I didn't have to overly think or prepare to study... I just sat on my couch and was ready to go! Once I purchased the combo package, I passed both my Law and Ethics and Clinical Exam on the 1st try and have recommended this program to everyone!