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 just passed my exam yesterday and I cannot even begin to express my gratefulness for the TDC program and Robin Gluck for her continued support and encouragement!!! The materials more than prepared me for the exam!!! Amanda's lectures were genius and the way she described the DSM and theories are now a permanent and indelible part of my therapist toolkit!!! Thank you TDC - your program is outstanding and I give it 5+ stars!!!!

Terrific program, thank you very much!! It was super helpful and comforting having Amanda's voice in my head during the exam!! No cell phones, watches, or lip balm but Amanda's voice was OK!! ;)

This program definitely prepared me for the exam! I felt very confident going into my exam and passed on my first attempt. I found the lectures and practice exams very helpful-- especially explaining WHY an answer was correct. Additionally, the test-taking skills were extremely helpful.

Passing this exam was one of the hardest things I've had to do and my greatest accomplishment, besides my children. Even though I have many years of experience I just lack confidence in myself and my abilities. After trying my best and failing the exam once I had to make some serious life changes. TDC has to be the best program out there to prepare you for this test. I continue to recommend TDC to all of my colleagues and those I know studying for this exam. I also recommend following the strategies as best as you can because they really help. Once you know the material, you know it and you can't second guess yourself or play into that self doubt. There was a time when I really didn't think I could PASS this exam but I did and if I can then you can too!!! Dig deep and believe in yourself. The only reason I give this program 4 stars is that I believe we can always get better and I'd love to see things like video/audio lectures and other ways for people to learn besides just audio and handouts. The mocks were so helpful and really helped to build me up for the actual exam. Thank you TDC! Now to enjoy this path in licensure!

Amazing program, I am so grateful for TDC, it has been such a long journey studying for this exam and if it was not for TDC I would not have passed. The audios were extremely helpful in breaking down the material in a practice digestible way. The mock exams with rationales really prepped me in answering the questions on the actual EXAM. If you are looking for a good test program, look no more!! This is it and worth EVERY PENNY!

I used TDC to take the MFT Law & Ethics before, and now for my MFT Clinical Exam. My other friends/colleagues also used TDC for both and all passed the first time with both. SO, I used it and took about 6 months off and on to study. I felt that the Mock Exams, all of them, on TDC were much more difficult than the actual MFT Clinical exam, which made the exam much much less stressful during the taking. I felt that TDC over prepares you, which is a great thing I think and allowed me to get all the worst of my testing anxiety out during the mock exams. Also I think it's just a great program to refresh all of the knowledge from grad school and intern years! I particularly loved the Top 50 questions and DSM study portion. I'm still a very slow reader and have ADHD so I got accommodations for the exam, and used every second of the 6 hours they gave me, literally up to the last few seconds, but it was the wealth of knowledge I felt I had packed into my brain (much of which I didn't have to use on the actual exam) that alleviated most of my anxiety throughout the exam!
Thank you TDC I love all that you have provided and will continue to recommend you to my friends and colleagues who have yet to take their clinical Exams!

I used TDC for my Law and Ethics and Clinical exam for my MFT licensing preparation and had great success with both. As a neuro-diverse learner, TDC worked really well for my learning needs/style. I found that listening to the lectures while taking notes, helped the information sink in for the test as well as my clinical practice. The practice exams were so helpful in preparing me to the real exam (although more challenging than the actual exam!). For an exam like this, learning strategy and tools for how to sit with feeling uncomfortable or anxious was about 80% of the battle - TDC fully prepared me!

I know for sure that I would not have passed had I not used this course. The mock tests are worth it just to get you prepared for the real life experience. I had hesitations after I took the final mocks and thought I was not at the right number. I got extra support from the coaches with last minute tips and it helped to push me over the top. If you are not a test taker, this is the best money you will spend to get your license.

The TDC program was extremely helpful because it helped me in so many ways. It helped me to stay focused while studying and to take complete control over my time. The test taking strategies, Amanda and staff gave me by talking me through the scenarios and questions were very helpful in preparing me for my MFT Clinical Exam.

Thank you TDC!

This program was and IS AMAZING. If you're someone who needs to have structure, audios, handouts and tutors available for questions, then this is the program for you. I had used Gerry Grossman to study for the Law and Ethics exam and that sufficed. I passed that exam the first time around and thought that GG would help me study for the MFT exam. I could not have been MORE wrong. GG did not help me study or, more importantly, teach me HOW to study. As someone who has ADHD and a specific learning disability, I need to have structure and guidance on how to navigate studying, reading comprehension and test-taking skills. TDC did all of that and more! And it was amazing to have tutors on hand to help! I cannot praise this program enough. Thank you to everyone who helped make this program possible and to those that keep it up and running! You guys are AMAZING!

TDC is a well organized and efficient way to study for the LMFT clinical exam. The way it is structured makes it easy to know what you need to know for the test.

Passed the Law and Ethics exam on the first try. Very thankful for this program. The most valuable lesson I got from this program was how to read the questions. Meaning, I learned to identify what specifically the question is asking based on the language used. The practice exams were tough, but helped when I took the real test. I appreciate how there were multiple practice tests as well.

Thank you so much for helping and preparing me so that I could successfully pass on my first try! The program works if you use it the way it’s intended.

Like many people im sure i did not initially pass this exam. In fact, I failed it twice once by a few points the second time by a lot more. Even though i had purchased this program i really don't know if i utilized it correctly and so i didn't pass. But , i knew there was really good information on this platform. After i failed i was embarrassed to let my colleuges and friends know that i failed again and was even more reluctant to call and ask for an extension because i know i was not working the program the correct way. The team at TDC have been nothing but supportive and available to me as i needed. The ability to get extensions without hassle were really helpful to me. I even got an email that said "we are with you until you pass." I really appreciated that. The thing that i felt got me through this last time is all of the test anxiety tips and preparations. Strategies, like take us in the room with you and to remember you don't need 100% to pass this test were so helpful this time around. Whenever i felt anxiety with a question i had no idea about i used the strategies i learned plus my own experience and coupled that with you don't need 100% to pass and the testing experience was totally different. I appreciate that. Lastly, haven take the test 3 times and seeing the evolution of the test, the TDC study material, practice test, and mock exams also evolved and i felt as prepared and as confident as i ever have this time around. Thanks for all you do!

Great program! Challenged me to be more than prepared for exam day. The Mock questions were harder than the actually exam itself; which helped me maintain a good test pace and confidence in my answers. Stick with the program they have it down to a science!

I would absolutely recommend this program to everyone who is studying for the MFT Law and Ethics exam. It was so thorough, user friendly, and encouraging. I truly felt like I had all the tools and knowledge necessary to pass the exam and appreciated the positive affirmations and support along the way. I cant wait to use TDC to study for my clinical exam in the future!

I felt this system taught me how to study, the actual license exam was almost the same as the practice tests and I was mentally prepared for the "trick" questions because I knew what to look for.

I highly doubt I would have passed this exam without TDC! Huge thank you to all the coaches and particularly Robin for being so responsive and helpful throughout this entire process. I’m so happy I passed my exam on the first try!

Definitely left me fully prepared for the test. The little tips about test taking and how to prepare for the things outside the test were super helpful. Knowing what to expect psychologically was key to me feeling prepare for the test.

I have taken the test 3 times previously. I knew that I had to find another program that best fit my test anxiety. This program helped me relearn the material in a more simplified way along with helping me be positive going into the test.

Thank you TDC!