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 loved using TDC for my law and ethics study guide. I passed the exam on the first try. TDC truly prepares you for the exam.

Tara Elise Schlener, MA, AMFT

An excellent program that is structured with plenty of examples. The areas covered give great rationales for why the answers are the way they are. If you are a person that tends to overthink during an exam, the couches and instructors help you really focus on the main points of a question. The testing tips and schedule planer is amazing. I recommend this software/ program to everyone!!!

TDC has been GREAT! It came highly recommended to me and I highly recommend it to others too. I appreciate the study materials. I appreciate the L&E quizzes and charts, the MOCKS were scary but helpful to provide the experience of taking a 4-HOUR EXAM! (Which is the equivalent of a trip from LA to Las Vegas!)

I didn't take full advantage of the program resources such as the coaching but I am grateful for the opportunity to use TDC to assist with my studying and preparation for the LMFT Clinical Exam.

Thank you TDC!

I decided to use the coaching services because I was feeling myself struggle with being able to clearly understand what each question was asking. Asya, one of the coaches, helped me gain confidence and clarity with how to accurately dissect and understand each exam question. As a bonus, she helped me mentally prepare for the exam and gave me wonderful tips and tricks on how to manage my test anxiety during the exam. It served me well to use the guidance this course and Asya taught me. As a result, I passed my boards on the first try. I am very grateful for such a wonderful study program and coaching service. Thank you!!

Passed on the first try! The audio & rationale was extremely helpful and provided an understanding to why the answer was correct and why the incorrect answers were not. I felt confident going in to my exam ! Thank you TDC!

I LOVED TDC. It helped me focus and have a sense of control over the vastness of the material. I felt held and confident that I am supported. Since I already did law and ethics with TDC I knew that Amanda's coaching was working for me. I actually did hear her voice in the exam, and I felt like I was able to internalize her thoughts and perception and utilize it in the test. I did pass so for me, this really worked.

TDC is the way to go!! I cannot tell you how grateful I am for being able to utilize this amazing program!! I passed the first time!! Follow the Program...listen to Amanda and you will pass!! Good Luck!!

I really appreciated the mock exams, they really prepared you for the test. Listening to Amanda was like she was right in the room with you. The program was very thorough and I have recommended to all of my colleagues. Thank you for helping me get through this. Also listening to the pep talk before I took my test really helped me, as I did not go back and change any of my answers, This was a great experience and well worth the money.

TDC is an exceptional study program!! Everything you need to know for the clinical exam, TDC covers and more!! What I have enjoyed most about the study program is how structured, concise, encouraging, and well-thought out each study topic is presented. Before studying, I felt I needed to brush up on my theories. TDC does such an excellent job, going over each theory. On the day of my exam, I felt completely prepared when it came to theory questions. I knew what key terms and concepts to look for when answering the questions. I would suggest, review "test strategies" a day before the exam, this was also helpful. Thank you TDC for this wonderful study program-I PASSED on my first attempt, not to mention during a world pandemic, fires, while also raising three young children. If I can do it, you can do it too!! Feels good to be licensed after a 7 year journey!!

I passed the clinical exam yesterday and I would not have passed without TDC.
The test isn't compatible with the way my brain processes information. The combination of TDC's program and my accommodations for extra time made my passing possible.
So grateful.

I have used the TDC program for both MFT Law and Ethics 2016 and Clinical Exam 2020, I loved the program!
Amanda was definitely in my head during my test taking experience. Coach Asya responded to my email questions promptly, Thank you TDC, I am now a LMFT!!

TDC had me very well-prepared. The test was hard, but TDC mocks were harder. I had a helpful coaching session with Asya. I spent my summer with Amanda and TDC and I am very thankful!

This test prep was wonderful! I just took my clinical exam yesterday and passed the first time! I learned so much and was surprised to also find that I knew so much already having been practicing for 5 years as an AMFT. I found the organization to be wonderful for me, as I love structure. So having a set schedule that was already made worked for me. I also appreciated the flexibility of the schedule for those weeks I needed to make adjustments. Taking this course twice, which I recommend, made such a positive impact in my retention and confidence in the material, and my skills as a test taker. The mock exams were so similar to the actual test, which helped me while taking my exam because I did so much practice. It was still a challenge of course, but because I knew how the questions were formed I was able to press on through the exam and focus on managing my anxiety. I used the positive self talk and mantra throughout the exam and I even wrote it on my scratch paper! Overall, I really appreciate this program and I have recommended it to so many colleagues. Thank you for creating this test prep and I am so proud I passed!

For anyone considering this study material, I believe you'll find yourself very prepared on test day! The test is difficult, but this curriculum breaks down different questions and areas piece by piece so you'll have a good framework for responding appropriately. I highly recommend following the well thought out study structure, you won't regret your investment!

In 2015 I decided to become a therapist and I'm so happy TDC helped me take the last step towards obtaining clinical license. Asya was great, she was responsive when I was having doubts. Its honestly the hardest time to take a test right now and I don't think any other testing site offers a personal touch in the same TDC does with their curriculum/support.

I felt so well prepared with low levels of anxiety. The 48 hr pep talk helped. And I went into test day repeating to myself “I have everything I need.” I knew that I knew the material and I tested well throughout the course. The rationals helped every time along with the idea of “live your life while you are not studying and don’t study for too long!” On my own I know I would have been so stressed and probably would have never felt ready. 100% recommend TDC!

TDC was a great program for preparing me for the clinical exam! I passed on the first try and felt the test strategies really helped me work through each question. The mock exams were excellent and I appreciated being able to take several so I felt prepared! Thanks TDC!

This program was very helpful! I was able to listen to the audio tutorials and explanations in my car while commuting to work allowing me to study almost anywhere. The mock quizzes and exams taught me to pace myself for the time allotted. The explanations prepared me to critically think through the best choices for the exam. It was a good balance of teaching content, as well as how to take this exam specifically. Recommend!

Very helpful. I found TDC over prepared me for the exam as I thought the exam was easier, which made it less stressful for me.

I could not have passed without TDC. This program was everything. It gave me a realistic, doable timeline and structure. The mock exams were very challenging -- it made the actual exam less intimidating!
My coach, Asya, was excellent. Every time I sent a question she replied within 24 hrs. Her response were always very detailed and helpful.