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 used the whole study material for APCC law and ethics and passed on first attempt. I only had 3-4 days before my amft law and ethics and still passed first attempt

This study guide is very thorough and very good.
I highly recommend.
I feel that this is the closest program to the actual BBS test.
They did an excellent job putting it together.
You may take it, experience this program yourself and pass the exam.
Good luck.

The actual test was easier than the TDC Mock exams because the vignettes were shorter. The topics on the exam were all covered in TDC. I felt very prepared.

I am so glad I chose this course. It was excellent and exceeded my expectations. It was easy to use, straightforward and thorough. I feel like anyone who takes this course will pass the exam!

The best Study material, I passed on my first try.

This is a wonderful course! I passed on the first try!

Thank you TDC for the support with this big test. The audio, mock tests and layout really prepared me. Once I worked through my anxiety I was confident in the testing room. The timer.. not to run out of time was a big issue for me. I was able to break it down like the study guide suggests which calmed my nerves. TDC covers every angle. Thanks again!
Plan to use TDC for the national test as well.

I passed the first time I took the exam. TDC prepared me with everything I needed to know for exam day. Very grateful.

Absolutely cannot imagine going into this test with out TDC preparation. This program is rigors but it, at least for me, really got the job done. I have been telling all my colleagues to use this program, but they already know to use it!

The agency I work for only recommends TDC for MFT and SW exam prep. Friends of mine have used other programs such as Gerry Grossman, became frustrated with the structure of the program and turned to TDC to finish preparing for the exam. Amanda is an excellent teacher! Her audio lectures are clear and concise. She really helps you understand theories, DSM review , and legal and ethical issues. She teaches you how to properly read the question vignettes so you can easily know what the vignette is asking and the BEST option to select as your answer. TDC staff update the program frequently to make sure it is up to date to match what is currently being tested. Coach Robin answered any questions I had in a timely manner, and TDC even gave me an extension on the program due to COVID-19 delays. I will definitely use TDC for my CEU requirements. Thank you Amanda, Robin, and the rest of the TDC staff. Your hard work is truly appreciated!

I took both PCC and MFT L & E exams and passed on the first try!! this is a great program and I highly recommend it!

This program is incredible. I passed both the LPCC Law and Ethics exam as well as the MFT Law and Ethics exam utilizing this study program!

I am amazed and actually shocked that I did pass, because what you advised during my studies is very true; you really do not have a clear, confident sense that you answered all the questions right, and that is unsettling.
What I do know is I knew the questions I did know and that made all the difference in passing!
Thanks again TDC!

TDC covers everything you need in order to pass. I made personal flash cards and memorized all diagnoses and theories presented by TDC, but the most important thing was taking the mock exams and studying all rationals. Don’t solely rely on your clinical experience. This test is rational based and learning how to take it, is what really matters. Shoutout to Robin who answered my questions, set me at ease, and wished me luck on the day of the exam. By the way, the updated Final Mock 2 is EXACTLY like the real test - good job TDC! In fact, some of the questions were identical.

The TDC material was a lot harder than the actually test. It prepared me for the test, as the questions appeared much easier.

I felt very prepared for the MFT Law & Ethics Exam thanks to this course. I'm thrilled to have passed. Thank you!

I cannot recommend this course enough! I felt super prepared. I walked into taking the exam with confidence and even felt RELAXED. I know. Whaaaaat?!? Thanks to the whole TDC team for being so thorough, clear and encouraging. THANK YOU!!!!!!

The TDC carried through my law and ethics and clinical exam. The structure of the program, handouts, quizzes, and tests reinforce all you need for the exam. The recording are super helpful and the coaches always answered my questions in detail and fast.

TDC was extremely helpful in providing a comprehensive overview of the mass amounts of material covered in the exam. The tips I learned, such as looking for key words, and framing helped me a ton.

I am beyond grateful for this MFT clinician exam prep program with TDC. I was in process of purchasing my home at the time, managing my work, and trying to study. If it wasn't for TDC, I would have not been able to stay organized and know how to break down all the study material. I am a very anxious person and test taking is not my strongest suit. TDC was easy to use, very clear, and rationales were great in helping to understand. For someone who is bilingual as English as a second language, I think TDC is amazing! I high encourage anyone to use this program. I passed my first time!