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 into the test feeling confident and honestly felt like I knew 85% of the answers! I was hearing the rationales in my head for each answer option as I was taking the test (like the ones from the practice exams), and it really helped me!! I really appreciated having the study schedule to keep me on track too! I actually completed my studying within 7 days (not consecutively). I wanted to share that in case anyone else is like me and got overwhelmed with the idea of having to study months to prepare for this exam. No matter how long it takes you, following TDC's system will get you through!! This program is truly amazing! Thank you so much! :)

Don't worry if you score extremely low on the last 2 exams from the LMFT Clinical course. I took the exam twice. The test I took in December was extremely harder than the test I took in the summer. I think it's pretty unfair but I guess that's just how the BBS will make money? Thanks to the TDC coaches and their detailed responses, I was able to gain my courage and retake it in September and passed. I was crying two days and nights before my exam because the practice exams were so difficult and hard, I started to panic. Once of the coaches really supported me and told me this was normal. When the day of the exam came, I was surprised how confident I was feeling during the exam. I'm just happy to finally be licensed and put this entire chapter behind me. Thank you TDC coaches and Amanda!

Just took my test and passed! Very comprehensive program for a very tough test! This program provided the information needed and also the mindset. If I hadn't known what I knew from this course, it would have been very discouraging! Thanks!!

TDC was an excellent study guide and helped me passed my test. It broke down concepts into manageable study modules. I definitely took Amanda in with me for the exam, and her rationalizations assisted me while taking the test. Thank you TDC!!!

Overall great programs! I've used the TDC exam prep for both my law & ethics exam and the MFT final clinical exam and passed both on the first attempt. I felt like TDC prepared me really well for both tests. The final exam questions felt very similar to the practice ones I was familiar with. I found the last two mocks to be very difficult so I'd encourage people not to get discouraged if you don't do well on them. Thanks, TDC - highly recommend!

Highly recommended especially if you have anxiety. I was able to pass on the first attempt.

Such an effective study guide! Some of the questions were almost identical to those on the test, and the mock exams thoroughly prepared me for what to expect on the real exam. I could hear Amanda's voice helping me reason through each question! Thank you TDC!

I truly appreciate the honest feedback I received from TDC coaches Aysa and Robin. It was very helpful in learning how to conceptualize the presenting problems and manage my anxiety. I definitely recommend TDC to anyone preparing for LMFT exam.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I highly encourage you use TDC for your exam needs! Every topic is thoroughly covered and easy to digest. By the end of the course, I felt confident that I would pass the LMFT Clinical Written exam AND I DID!!! I had the coaches in the back of my mind, throughout the exam, and was able to use the strategies given to reach this milestone.

Therapist Development Center is a well layed out program giving you structure, a variety of study tools (hand outs, audio and web based mock exams) and great advice to help you feel prepared and ready to pass the exam. Money well spent!

Yes! I really am very appreciative of your program! I have met my dream of becoming a LMFT! Thank you Amanda!!!!! I would look at TDC facebook community and think to myself how I could not wait to see my name ! You guys are awesome!

TDC is awesome. I felt the actual exam was easier than all the practice tests from TDC. I finished the actual exam quicker and felt very confident throughout. I really appreciate all the work your team has put into this! Well worth the price and time! It was recommended by colleagues and I also recommend it to other colleagues.

Absolutely, I want to express my gratitude for all the material that was well presented and covered all of the important areas that made it easier for me in taking the exam. I had little to no anxiety; I followed Amanda's advice and leaned into the exam. I felt well prepared and confident. I have already recommended your software training to my friends. I am so happy, tired and relieved to have passed.

This program is worth every penny! It is developed in a way that is clear and concise. I was able to determine a study guide timeline that fit my schedule and felt the materials in fact has over prepared me. As a result, when I took the exam it felt much easier. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking to test for the MFT clinical exam. So happy to now call myself an LMFT since I had wanted to be in this field since I was 15 years old and now it’s a reality!

Everything I needed to study for and PASS the Law and Ethics Exam!!

This study course goes above and beyond in preparing you for the exam, thanks so much!

I studied solely with the TDC program for 6 weeks. I basically followed the Sample Schedule they provided because that worked fine for me. Here is what I did wrong though in my process: I barely gave myself a break in the week leading up to the exam, because my work load at my full time job happened to get very busy in the 2 weeks leading up to my exam, and I didn't want to reschedule the exam date. So falling behind in the study program meant cramming in every single day in the week leading up to my exam, which resulted in a panicky, nerve-shot 4 long hours. *Follow her advice.* Give yourself at least 3 days leading up to the exam to take walks, relax, and keep your nervous system regulated. If you need to reschedule to accommodate for your life goings-on, I recommend that. But I passed and at this point that's all I care about! TDC prepared me well, and I didn't open a single notebook or textbook from grad school. I loved that this is a study program meant to be your exclusive one-stop shop. It delivered. Thanks to Amanda and the whole TDC crew for what you do! I'm a licensed psychotherapist!

The program is extremely useful, very accurate, very clearly broken down. It teaches the material as well as prepares for the structure of the test. I definitely recommend this program 100%

This program is amazing! I felt supported throughout the whole program and felt very prepared for my clinical exam. I felt confident going into the exam and I owe it all to TDC! Not only do you learn important areas to study for the exam but also how to approach the exam! Thanks TDC!

TDC was a great experience and truly helped me pass my exam.