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

This program was excellent and helped me pass! I heard Amanda's voice telling to "eliminate" and "No you would not do that". Thank-you so much!!!!

Great program. I passed on the first try. Thank you TDC!

I graduated with my masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy in July of 2014. Due to personal and financial reasons I chose not to pursue an internship following graduation. Four years later, I am in a place where I am wanting to return to work as a therapist and due to the changes in the last four years was required to take the Law and Ethics exam before earning my associate hours. This program was monumental in my ability to pass, it gave me a renewed excitement for working with clients, and helped me recall so much of what I learned during my education. I felt more than prepared going into the exam. I am so grateful and look forward to using this program for the clinical exam once my hours are complete! I will be referring TDC to everyone I know looking to take the LMFT exams!!!

Thanks for providing such an excellent structure and study material that prepared me well for the exam.
Loved the audio part that makes it more personal.

I’m an auditory learner, so Amanda’s lectures were very helpful for me. I think it’s the best part of this study program is that it prepared me for the discomfort of not knowing what was going to be on the test and the fact that I wouldn’t know I was passing. I didn’t think I was failing as I took the exam, but I also wasn’t certain that I was passing. Keep up the good work!!

I especially loved how TDC incorporated teaching and learning theories in the development of this study program. This approach made it easy for me to switch up studying methods at any time (e.g., I could chose aural, verbal, spatial and/or the kinesthetic style of learning at any time). Throughout the exam, I kept hearing Amanda's voice say, "Imagine you are in the room with the client(s)," and I did imagine that, often.

I've never been a good test taker and had heaps of anxiety surrounding the LMFT licensing exam. I didn't feel that I could pass on the 1st try regardless of how much I studied.
But I sat for 4 hours with Amanda's voice in my head talking me through the questions, knew what to look for in the stem and moved a long quickly without getting overwhelmed. I eventually got my rhythm and a flow. Without a minute to spare I answered all 170 questions and I PASSED, yessss passed.
I don't think I could have accomplished this without TDC. I will miss my weekends with Amanda's lectures but now having passed I will be in the room with clients and have gained more knowledge and good practice to share with them. ;)

I think this program is pretty full proof if you use it to it’s full potential. This program gives you so many questions with all the practice exams that some of them were very similar to some of the questions I saw on the test and I felt really comfortable as to what type of answer the question was looking for. I only took each exam once, but then reviewed the answers with the rationals and that was really helpful for me for honing in how to think about the test and figure out what it is looking for.

I can not believe that I passed on the first attempt. I am still in shock!!!! I can definitely definitely say that when Amanda says she is with you in the test she really is with you in the test. When I was in front of a super hard question (which there were tons of ridiculous difficult ones) I found myself thinking how would she tackle the question, how do I prioritize and put this in order or how do I keep the answers to be relevant to the thread.
All I can say is that I am so absolutely thankful that I can finally put this process behind me. For those of you taking the test for the first time or if this is your second or third attempt trust the process that Amanda and her coach Asya share with you. It really gives you the confidence and boost you need to get this done and become licensed.
Thank you so much!!!! I am finally licensed!!!!

The practice exams were very helpful and when I took the Law and Ethics exam, it really felt like I was taking one of the TDC mock exams. That provided me a sense of comfort, that I CAN do this! Thank you!

I have been with TDC for both my Law and Ethics Exam as well as my CA Clinical Exam, and I have never felt more supported as I did with this program. I really appreciate that everything is up to date, and very accurately reflects the content of the exam. TDC uses a wonderful approach that truly teaches you to tackle the strategy of the exam. I have terrible test anxiety as well as a learning disability, and was able to pass using TDC. Thank YOU!!

I am very satisfied with TDCs test prep. I used materials for both the MFT Law & Ethics exam a few years ago and for the LMFT clinical exam that I took today. I felt well prepared for both exams. The study materials are well organized, and actually help one to become a better clinician. In addition to study materials, the strategies for managing anxiety and self care are helpful. The actual exam didn't feel like such a beast!

Took my clinical exam today for the 5th time and passed. There are many out there that are going through the same journey as me, all I can say is that it's possible. Working on my anxiety and my fears made a difference this time. My FAITH played a huge factor in accomplishing my professional goal.

The pep talk was awesome. Followed all the advice about eating and exercising before hand and a snack during break helped me get through.

I finally passed the CCE on my second time! I’m so greatful for excellent strategic organization of TDC’s study materials. The review rationale was invaluable, which helped me to see how I wasn’t paying attention to key factors in my analysis of the vignettes. Thanks Amanda and Robin. This pass is life changing!

I'd taken the LMLE exam twice and failed before acquiring the TDC program. I struggled with test anxiety, organization, how to study and understanding what the test questions were asking. Prior to using the TDC program I would always run out of time on the exam. After using the TDC program I understood what the questions were asking, I had a deeper understanding of the concepts and I finished the exam approximately 20 minutes early. I am not the most confident person but after using TDC and taking the exam I knew I passed before I saw my results. Initially, I struggled with the price of the program but you definitely get what you pay for and all of my colleagues who used TDC passed on the first try. If I used TDC the first time I'd probably be licensed by now. I will definitely be investing in the TDC Clinical Exam study package.

I'm so grateful for this study program and material. The journey into MFT has been full of experiences and I'm happy TDC helped me along. The guidance on everything from topics, to timeline, to test-day prep, helped make moving to a new career possible. It's worth every single penny! Thanks, TDC!

So thrilled to report that I passed on the first try! As Amanda says, I definitely felt like I was very possibly failing throughout the test. Pace yourself and trust your clinical judgment.

The TDC Law and Ethics prep course was worth every last penny! It was well organized and taught me to think in a particular way to not only pass the exam but also in a way that I can take and use clinically as well. I did not do so well on most of the mock exams but kept telling myself I could go back and listen to the top 30 topics as many times as I needed. The course helped me not lose hope. I just kept trusting the process and loved the last pep talk and strategies especially the reminder "to lean into" the exam.

When I tell you I was a nervous wreck two days before the exam...LOL. BUT, I was able to chat with one of the coaches who really helped me put things into perspective and gave me a wonderful pep talk. Thank you so much for helping me get to the end (or maybe it's a brand new beginning) of a very long road. I can't say enough about TDC and how kind everyone has been!