CA COMBO: MFT Law & Ethics and Clinical Exam

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 


California MFT FAQs

How Do I Become a Licensed CA MFT?

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:

Do I need both MFT Exam Prep Programs now?

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.

What is the Difference Between the MFT Law and Ethics exam and the MFT Clinical exam?

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!

Is the topic of Law and Ethics tested during the CA MFT Clinical Exam as well?

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.  

How does the CA MFT Clinical Exam compare to the National AMFTRB Clinical Exam?

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.


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Course Reviews

Well worth every penny. Really comprehensive outline of each of the potential topics on the test. I almost felt over prepared once in testing since the test questions were much more vague than the prep. It was really helpful to be able to review the course as many times as I felt I needed within the timeframe allotted and to target my weaker knowledge areas when I went back to review the course after my first run through. TDC helped me pass both exams needed for my LMFT license in CA and the National LMFT exam in Texas all on the first try! Thanks to the team at TDC and Amanda for all of her tips and personal anecdotes that helped bring the subject mater to life.

Studying for the LMFT exam has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life. I am very grateful to TDC and how helpful/supportive/efficient the program was in my journey to becoming licensed. This program did not only help me prepare for the exam but also taught me so many skills that have helped me grow as a clinician. I truly recommend this program. Thank you TDC!

TDC was the best investment I could have made to help me pass the law and ethics and clinical exams the first go around. The program truly teaches you to think correctly and manage anxiety- the two things most needed to pass, not so much memorization. Amanda is an incredibly gifted clinician and teacher and I will always be thankful for how her way of explaining things clicked with me. Thank you also to Robin who answered all of my many emails. This test is difficult and feels surreal but the mocks are the best preparation, even more so than just memorizing things. For some reason it did feel like I was failing but yet there’s also this underlying confidence I had that I would not ultimately fail because I knew this stuff! The law and ethics portions were a breeze since I still remembered the material from that course a while back, that shows that the way Amanda teaches actually sticks. I feel this experience has grown my confidence tremendously as a LMFT!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Yes, I struggle to follow guidelines for test prepartions requiring a long time frame of study before taking the exam and still managed to pass and feel confident as I answered the test questions.

Amazing program! I loved everything about TDC...from the set up to the material to the test taking strategies! It really is made to be as easy and painless as possible to study for the exam. My favorite part is that it requires no effort on your part to figure out what you need to study and when because your study schedule is completely done for you...all you have to do is go through the material and I'm sure you'll pass. Cant wait to use TDC to study for my MFT Clinical Exam!

TDC was an amazing support and help becoming prepared for the clinical exam. Just in case, I had a coaching session with Robin and it was so informative and gave me the courage I needed to face the exam. Thank you to the team and thank you, Robin, for your patience, guidance, and insight!

I was extremely nervous in taking this test because it’s a test based on rationales but with Amanda in my head I felt confident. I also took the advice and wrote down phrases for different theories to help me rule out answers quickly. I made it with one minute to spare and couldn’t be more excited! Thank you TDC

TDC was fantastic. I felt extremely organized and prepared for the California LMFT Clinical Exam. Amanda does a great job helping you break down the questions so that you can really understand what the exam is asking you. The mocks definitely feel harder than the actual test so you really go in feeling confident and prepared. Thank you so much! I could not have passed without TDC!

The TDC program was so helpful with preparing you how to think about the test, which I felt was the most important factor during my exam. I also felt that the topics were adequately covered without having to over study for the exam. Thanks TDC!

TDC worked for me. the mock exams and quizzes helped me figure out what I needed to study further. I listened to some lectures multiple times. By exam day, I knew I was ready.

There was a significant amount of new learning regarding safety, clinical assessment, DSM and Theory, that I learned via the TDC study material than my supervision or actual experience.

I am happy to complete this chapter in my life!! I will always be grateful for the support and guidance of TDC staff, for their quick responses to my e-mails, for making me feel like I was the only one …
For Robin and her couching sessions, even on a Sunday Morning. When they advertise "we will be with you till you pass" they really mean it.
Thank you!!
Mrs. Perseverance Queen!!

TDC helped me prepare for the exam in an easy to comprehend manner. Robin answered my question quickly and with support and understanding. I am grateful for TDC in helping me tackle the exam and pass on the first try. Would highly recommend TDC!

No words to express my deep appreciation for your willingness, your support, your encouragement, your amazing lectures, Handouts and Mocks. That makes this program unique.
The couching service is wonderful, they make you feel like you are the only one... Robin always provided me with all I needed, she even couched me on a Sunday am :).
Thank you SO MUCH !!!

Looking forward to keep having CEUs with you

PS: I hope this also gives you a reward feeling of how much and meaningful service you provide to the community you serve!!!


I felt prepared after going through the program, at the same time frighten because facing the unknown is scary. I am glad I used TDC to prepare me.

The program is much harder then the test like a lot! That helped my peace of mind... after the fact though. That might be a best kept secret.

TDC was terrific. Amanda has done an excellent job putting together a program that works! I used TDC for my Law and Ethics, and just now for my Clinical and passed both the same time. Robin and Asya were great coaches. I appreciated the ability to email for clarification. I would recommend this program for anyone who wants to know the material they need and the strategies they need and not the stuff they don't. Thank you TDC!

I started this journey while working 2 jobs, having a daughter enter Residential treatment and an ailing Mother.
I probably rescheduled this exam 10 times in 10 months, just did not seem to be scoring on the Mocks. You were awesome letting me extend dates along the way.
Time was creeping closer to the year deadline, I had to just go for it. I can recite Amanda's dialogue verbatim on many topics.
My Mother passed away on Saturday, I took the beast on Monday. I wrote "MOM" with a heart on my scratch paper. I know I passed because of her because as you state, "you will feel like you are failing". I was up to #45 and could not feel like I had ANY of them correct. I took about a 4 minute break at #85, banana, mineral water, sprint to the restroom. Sat back down, while doing the math for 4 months when I would be back for another attempt. I did not mark any questions. Just moved forward. Finished while the clock ticked down from 1 minute. Walked slowly to the front desk, got my stuff out of the locker with a sigh. The "robotic tech guy" printed out the results........I saw the word PASS then the word CONGRATULATIONS. I gasped, I asked Robot guy, "Is there anyone still in there testing?". He said yes, so I picked up my jacket and screamed into it, a muffled scream of pure relief and joy! I shared that my Mom had passed away and this is all I wanted to see. No response from Mr. Robot. Of course I realize later that they may be coached to be flat-line emotionally so that people who don't pass see any big smiles or high fives from the staff.
It is done.... I passed.
Thank you very much.

TDC materials did a great job of preparing me for the test. The materials are very thorough on the various content areas and in giving insight and understanding on how to assimilate it all. I really appreciated the rationales for the practice exams which further helped to integrate the content and the strategies for taking this difficult exam. Having the coaches available to give clear input, challenge and cheer me on when I was at a confused, stuck place was wonderful and helped me turn the corner in my preparation and confidence to take the exam. All and all, TDC is an excellent resource and I'd recommend it to any one preparing for either the Law & Ethics or MFT Clinical Exams!

I'm so glad I invested into TDC! It helped me review and prepare for my exam. Thank you!