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

Im thankful to have found a program dedicated to help people in this profession study and be successful. I learned so much and am so proud of myself for sticking with it and passing on the first try!

I am grateful for this program! It was extremely helpful in making me a better clinician and I walked into the exam confident and ready! Amanda is fabulous and all of her tips worked!

I was a little nervous going into my clinical MFT test, knowing that the test had a new format. I'm happy to say that I was more than adequately prepared by TDC to take this test. I knew how to assess for what the question was asking, and could narrow down answers based on the knowledge that TDC had given me. All of the information I learned, I used in my test. I'm very happy to report that I passed my test and now am licensed! Thank you to TDC, Amanda, and the rest of the coaches for preparing me and giving me the confidence to pass this hurdle!

TDC left me prepared for the MFT Clinical. Top-notch!

Amanda, thank you so much for your help throughout the preparation of this exam. I remember you stating that I would hear your voice while taking my exam and that is exactly what happened! I look forward to buying the clinical course once it's time to take my clinical exam!

I passed my LMFT Clinical using TDC on the first try! I have severe testing anxiety, and preparing for an exam during a worldwide pandemic was not easy. I feel TDC prepared me for the mind game that is the LMFT Clinical! I felt prepared for the layout, fears and worries, and monumental nature of the exam. I knew how to read the vignettes and tease out exactly what the question is asking for. I really feel TDC allowed me to pass!

One thing that set TDC apart from some of the other exam prep courses or study materials I used was that I found myself actually enjoying learning the material. The morning of the exam I was able to say to myself, "regardless of what happens today, you have learned a ton in your test prep" (which I think is the point). Luckily I passed on my first try; which felt great!

Tdc is VERY thorough! I felt stressed at times because I didn’t follow the program exactly how it’s recommended but honestly I still felt over prepared by the time I sat for the test.

Excellent study guide that was extremely helpful in me passing the exam for LMFT. I highly recommend Asya for any additional support /couching needed to assist in the passing of this exam.

I highly recommend TDC!! TDC reviews all of the critical information required to pass the exam. TDC made it possible for me to retain critical information to pass the exam. I am very pleased with TCD and I am so happy I passed the LMFT Clinical Exam!! To Amanda and the TDC Family, I did it!! I did it!! Thank you so much!!- Richard M.

I have always had test anxiety. I was very nervous going into the exam, but I was able to take a deep breath, say a positive prayer and start the exam. It is true that you hear the instructors voice during the exam! lol she was right there with me, and I really appreciated it. I want to thank you all for what you are providing to us as clinicians. Thank you soooooo much! I will definitely be utilizing this service for my clinical exam. I have no doubt that when the time comes, I'm going to pass!

TRUST IN TDC AND AMANDA!! The program is so helpful and the strategies are everything! When my anxiety would get high, I had Amanda’s voice in my head to help me stay calm and on track! Thanks TDC!

I would definitely recommend TDC to others. Although I'm an APCC, and wish that there was a specific study program for my focus, this was extremely helpful!

This was a very user friendly study program. I really enjoyed the audio to compliment the information and quizzes. I will definitely be using this site for the clinical exam. Best of luck to everyone out there! :)

Thank you TDC community for your support and well thought out program.

Excellent, thorough test prep--- I found the actual exam easier than the prep! Amanda's positive, grounded energy, thoroughness, and true desire to help were *amazing* and helped me stay grounded, positive and constructive in my prep process. Highly recommend this prep!

I really appreciate all the effort that TDC put into their materials and their continued efforts to improve their program. Thank you for helping me feel confident I could pass this exam!

I went through the course two times and completed all of the Mocks. I realized that I did better when I read the last question of the question stem before reading the vignette so that I was aware of what to look for. I felt the final Mocks were much more difficult than the actual test. This helped me to feel confident and really attack the test.

TDC was phenomenal. I learned SO MUCH through this course and would not have been able to pass the LMFT clinical exam without it. Amanda Rowan has a great way of explaining things in a memorable manner. Her examples are great! I also loved all of the test taking tips this program provided. I felt confident going into the exam after preparing with this study program, and I am so glad I chose it over the other program options. The mock exams were also VERY challenging, but over-prepared me for the actual test. It felt like a breeze in comparison. Thank you TDC and thank you Amanda Rowan!

i especially appreciated not just the information needed but the test taking tips