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 went through the TDC program the first time in August 2020 but I rushed through it and did not adhere to the suggestions from TDC regarding helpful tools to retain the information. I ended up failing the test the first time in August. I used TDC once again after taking a break. This time I took the time to apply every skill mentioned in TDC program. I learn by writing things down. So I printed the sheets out as instructed and I kept writing until I could remember the material from scratch. I passed the clinical exam and only used TDC and prayer from my faith. I'm grateful for this program! Thank you TDC community!

TDC absolutely prepared me for the test. Follow all of the tips and tricks; they were incredibly helpful.

This is was a great course for me. I know that I learn in very specific ways and the use of multiple learning styles was what I needed to feel prepared, confident and ultimately pass this exam the first time taking it.
As a LMFT from a different state, I was nervous about the California law and ethics, knowing that there were some key differences. TDC prepared me so well for California while also clearly explaining things that have changed since I first became licensed over 10 yr ago. Thank you TDC!! Now, onto the Clinical exam ;-)

The Therapist Development Center Program and team were an amazing support to help me pass the LMFT Clinical Exam. The training program well exceeded the informational knowledge the lessons learned during my MA MFT. More importantly, it helped me to assess what the exam questions were really asking, e.g. the treatment unit, client comments, and crisis situations. These combined skill sets were essential to my ability to pass the difficult exam. Seven MFTs took the exam at the same center, and I was the only one blessed to pass it. I am grateful for the support I received from Therapist Development Center and Team!

In my limited experience about prep programs, I've recommended this program to anyone wishing to prep for their clinical in what I think is in the best way possible; for the clinical MFT exam. TDC is very user friendly and they appear to address different learning styles, which I truly appreciate. I needed an extension due to some mix-up in my dates, etc, TDC, I feel, made it easy and accommodated my needs immediately. I am speaking from my experience. I am learning different; with a few of my own "work-arounds" I managed to pass on my first attempt, with this material.....very thorough and helped me go into the exam very strong.

I PASSED!!!!!!!! Whew, I will just say that I only had about 45 days to study once I signed up for my exam. I submitted my hours SEPT 1, they were received SEPT 2, they were approved NOV 13, and I immediately signed up to take my exam DEC 28. I only had about 45 days to study, but after being in the field for the past 8 years, I either knew the information or I didn't. TDC was able to help me review all of the information I already knew, but the MOST VALUABLE LESSON given by TDC is HOW TO TAKE THIS TEST. Once I learned HOW to take the test, I continued to see a rise in scores. Thank you TDC!!!! I wish you all had test prep for LPCC, because I'm on to the next, but DEFINITELY celebrating this milestone first! CHEERS TO EVERYONE ON THE JOURNEY! Your time is coming! Thank you again TDC!

Excellent program. Thank you. You showed me the way to think thru the questions.

Fantastic program! The study materials are well organized, dense, efficient and practical. What is not covered in content is taught in terms of 'how' to think and/or approach the questions. I passed every exam on the first try - thanks to TDC!

TDC has been a life saver study program for me. I was uncertain about which test prep program to choose, but I remembered how TDC helped me prepare and pass the Law & Ethics Exam ( I only had three weeks to study!). I am grateful for this program, Amanda who is amazing with the way she structures the study material, and to Robin/Asya who are both wonderful coaches to consult with, and were with me every step of the way. I cannot begin to tell you how much anxiety I had in preparing for the LMFT Clinical Exam, but I trusted the coaches and Amanda's guidance with the material, and followed their suggestions. Thank you so much to Amanda, Robin, and Asya for sticking with me and being available to answer my questions until I passed! I would definitely recommend this study program for anyone, and if you're questioning whether or not to select TDC as your support through exams- JUST DO IT! You will not regret it, and remember: "they are with you until you PASS, and you will PASS with TDC!"

I thought that this program was excellent! I have always had crippling test anxiety, and historically have struggled on standardized testing, and this program made me feel a million times more confident that I was prepared to pass the exam with flying colors. The prices is WORTH IT!

The TDC program broke down the content into small easy to manage tasks. What was most meaningful was the support they offered outside of the material. Thank you so much for creating a concise and comprehensive program with heart. I appreciate it.

I was so nervous about this exam, but TDC helped me feel confident and ready for this test! When it came to exam day, I followed every step and felt so calm. This helped me so much and I plan on using TDC for my clinical exam as well!

I could not be happier with TDC! I used it to pass my CA MFT Law & Ethics test my first try & I knew without a doubt I would be using TDC again to prepare for my CA MFT Clinical Exam. It takes all the guess work out of studying & you know each time you are studying you are being productive & adequately covering everything you need to know to learn how to not only take the exam but also know the material. I am always highly recommending TDC to all my friends/coworkers as study prep & let them know the program is so well put together they dont even need to supplement it with anything else. Thanks to TDC I was able to pass my CA MFT Clinical Exam my first try as well! Beyond worth the money...without question!

I feel like this study program prepared me well for this exam. Amanda was definitely in my head helping me stay calm and come to the best answers. Great study program and questions were very similar to the actual clinical exam. Thank you!

Not only is the content excellent, but learning how to think about and take the test is where the real value lies in this program. Thank you for helping me pass on my first try, and for helping me become a better clinician!

A friend had recently passed the test and recommended this prep course. I am glad I followed suit and enrolled with Therapist Development Center. I completed the test materials and passed my clinical exam at first attempt.

I studied for a month and a half using TDC. I felt prepared for the exam and the material was easy to follow. The presenter was very engaging and the stores she told helped me remember the concepts. Passed the test my first time taking it!

I have to credit most of my passing to utilizing not only the study material provided by TDC but also the strategies! There were a few times during the test where my anxiety started to get the best of me or I was confused on what the question was asking. I reminded myself what Asya, Robin and Amanda have shared about how to push yourself forward. Taking a few moments to regroup and utilize the strategies they offered, really helped push me through the exam and ultimately pass! Thank you TDC, Asya, Robin and Amanda!!

Thank you! This was an awesome program. Definitely will be purchasing the clinical test program as well.

Thank you so much TDC!! My study timeline was a whirlwind with COVID and back surgery complications, but TDC fully prepared me to pass the exam even with my limited timeline. I actually felt like the real exam was much easier than the clinical mocks with TDC, so I was well prepared. Thank you for everything!!