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

I used TDC for both the practical and the law and ethics exams in California. Both times I passed the test on the first try with plenty of extra time at the end of the exam, around 45 minutes for the practical and 30 for the L&E exam. The ability to listen to the lectures on my commute was invaluable. The TDC method of teaching how to think rather then memorization was great and has been helpful in my current job as a Case Manager and primary therapist. I now find my self automatically thinking diagnostically which did not occur before the TDC program. Thank you a thousand times over.

Speechless for now, but just want to really thank you all for really staying with me until I passed. Can't tell how how grateful I am to not have to think about rushing through the program or how much more I had to pay to renew. No added stress/sadness.

I really enjoyed the TDC program and coaches because they stay with you. They are literally an extended family. It took me several attempts before I passed and all I kept hearing from the TDC staff is "we'll be right here with you." No other program that I know of has this type of commitment to it's patrons. This is why TDC and their coaching staff is unique and effective - they literally stay with you until you pass. Thank you TDC!

TDC was such a great support though my whole journey. Their material is broken down easier and I was able to understand better, especially on the theories. Thank so much for TDC. I will recommend you to all my friend associates.

I want to thank TDC for putting this material together. The entire MFT program is concise/efficient and pointed towards passing the exam. I studied, reviewed and mentally processed each and every one of the sections until it all made sense to me. I am just so very grateful for this platform. Thank you Robin!

I bought a different prep before purchasing yours. Midway through the other program I felt defeated because I knew I would not be able to memorize all their material. My cousin told me to get your prep and I remembered a colleague mentioned your program in 2018. So I did buy your program, my confidence change after listening to your audio. Your program I really believe was the difference. I will tell anyone who ask don't bother with the others use yours and give yourself plenty of time to go through at least twice even if you think you got it. I passed on the first try. Thank you

I felt very supported by the TDC support counselors. Great experience. I recommend to everyone. So pleased with the experience.

I passed my exam on the first try! The TDC practice exam materials were very much like the actual exam. The TDC practice exams helped me see what areas I was weakest in and needed to improve upon, especially the written and verbal rationales to the questions.

It was most helpful to learn the patterns of what the questions are getting at. I felt that on the real clinical exam there were a lot of times when none of the answer options seemed appropriate. It was helpful to understand, particularly from the lecture reviews of the practice exams, that the questions needed to be answered in the format of what would I do first with that client still in the room. I feel there was a focus on phases on treatment in the exam, and knowing interventions and red herrings for potential answers was crucial in passing (which was discussed in the lectures and reviews). Thank you for providing this material.

TDC was amazing throughout the entire process. I needed so many extensions which they did not hesitate to give me! Once I took the test, I was very confident and the actual test was easier than the Final Prep Tests. Thank you so much! I would by far recommend this study course over any other option. The materials are easy to understand and the answer justifications and explanations really help you learn what you will need to know to pass the test. THANK YOU TDC!!!!

What helped me was learning how to understand the questions, you telling me not to memorize, and listening to you and "bringing you into the test" with me. I feel like I really learned the material and have working knowedlge in my field. Thank you.

Great program! TDC was recommended by several colleagues, and I do not regret investing in it.

I appreciate TDC study programs and thank for Asya and Robin’s tutoring . I finally passed my LMFT exam yesterday. This is my third time to take the exam. English is my second language and I had the challenge with the age issue. I used other companies materials and tutoring in the past but did not pass the exam. This time I focused on TDC study program only and I passed. Thanks for Amanda. I asked “If you were me, what would you answer this question? “ when I wasn’t sure the answers during the exam.

Thanks for breaking it down and letting me know exactly what to expect and how to determine if I was ready!!

Prior to using TDC, I used AATBS. TDC was much more concise and not as overwhelming as other material. I was able to study all of the necessary topics in bite-sized pieces and Amanda's rationales were SO helpful. Overall, I felt (and was) much more prepared this time around. Thank you, TDC staff!

Thank you so much.

I was shocked I passed! I marked 30 ish questions to go back to if I had time. However, not only did I run out of time so had no time to review the marked questions, but I also did not answer 7 questions due to time running out. I ended up still passing! Thank you TDC.

I felt very prepared for the Law and Ethics exam. I recommend TDC to all of my fellow associate MFTs.

I am so happy I used TDC to study for the MFT Clinical Exam. Reviewing the Final Mock exams was super helpful and I felt prepared for the actual exam! Definitely recommend it!

TDC helped me prepare for the test. All the questions on the exam had been covered and studied. No surprises. I am pleased with the way this program equipped me not to memorize the materials but make sense of it. Thank you so very much! I passed it on my very first try! :)