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

It was expensive, but worth it. I found the test taking tips very helpful, "think safety, read word for word..."

TDC absolutely prepared me for the exam! I cruised through the test with an understanding of each question as it all had been addressed in the audios and handouts. Look no further as Amanda and her team will get you past the finish line.

I have extreme test anxiety and have to say that your program exceeded my expectations. It helped me feel prepared and confident. I would recommend your program to EVERYONE. Thank you thank you thank you!

I am so glad I chose TDC. I completed the entire program twice. Only used TDC and I really felt over prepared which was a good thing. The actual exam stems were short and easy to follow because I had learned to navigate your stems which are much more difficult. The strategies and exam day tips were very helpful. I felt like I knew what to expect. I took you into my exam with me and it helped so much. I was very nervous when I first began to prepare because I have been out of school a while and have a job currently where I don’t do a lot of clinical day to day work so I really felt behind the curve. The way your program is set up took a lot of the nerves away because I just had to follow the program! THANK YOU!!

Very glad that I chose this program! It was very helpful in understanding how the test works and how to learn the material to support the test format. Thanks TDC!

This program OVER prepared me and it was great!!! I Felt prepared with knowledge to take the test and was sooo glad I used this program, it provided me with everything I needed to know and really liked the calming techniques used.

I am so thankful a colleague recommended TDC to me. The structure was exactly what I needed to help prepare me for the exam. The schedule really kept me on track with studying. Amanda and her team were so helpful in explaining answers and dissecting the vignettes in order to really find the correct answer. Everything about this program was amazing I just wished I have found it early.

I felt exhausted and upset on my first attempt at the exam as the study materials I used were nothing like the exam. After reading about TDC and how I would have audio to listen to and that it was good for those with a learning disabilities, I knew I had to try. After the first test with your program I felt confident that I had made the best decision to use your program and felt that it would give me the ability to finally pass this mentally draining exam.... I was right, Thank you and now I'm going to go continue to cry enormous tears of joy and relief!!

I would highly recommend TDC as test prep for the LMFT clinical exam! I previously utilized this program for the Law & Ethics exams and felt very prepared. Due to difficulty with test dates during COVID, I chose a date allowing me 2 months to study and reviewed the program twice. My schedule allowed for Friday-Sunday studying only. Amanda and her team are thorough, and the program is broken into very organized and manageable sections. I very much appreciated and utilized all the test taking strategies- especially insuring I had daily exercise! Although I felt nervous, I also knew I was very prepared after completing this program. The mock-I was very challenging and I’m glad I took that 10 days prior to my date. I took the mock-II, 5 days prior and believe this mock seemed easier because I had thoroughly reviewed my mistakes on the mock I. Overall, I felt very confident during the actual exam, able to manage my time with 20 minutes to review marked questions and even taking a 5-minute break-as Amanda suggests. Thanks again to Amanda and my coach Robin for responding to my emails! The TDC program is very much worth the investment!

Passed of the first try thanks to TDC! Use the strategies and yes you will feel like your failing but just keep going through with what you know based on your study and learned strategies! Read it, grasp it, answer it, and let it go

Loved the organization of the material and the exam tips were genuinely useful (not just "take deep breaths" or "you know this, don't worry"). I used another system in conjunction with TDC simply because of the way I personally learn and comprehend material BUT I can say that TDC was friendlier and I felt genuinely cared about. Responses from the team were detailed and I appreciated the time and effort they gave me. I felt that TDC truly wanted to me to pass. And I did! So thank you!!

TDC really helped me to understand why I was getting questions wrong on the mocks. The rationales provided great insight into the way I should approach eliminating answers and without it, I don’t think I would have passed the exam. The audio format was great for my style of learning!

I loved how easy this program made it for me to study. I felt that I was over-prepared for the exam. Thank you!

I am pleased to report that today I passed my LMFT clinical exam! The exam was challenging, however, TDC's materials prepared me comprehensively with the clinical knowledge I needed to know, the test taking strategies to utilize, and the mindset that enabled me to pass.

I wouldn't have been able to pass without TDC! Truly felt prepared going into the exam. The final mock exams actually felt harder than the actual exam. Highly recommend.

I want to thank TDC for the amazing study material. I was so nervous when I got to the mock tests because I did not score well and I emailed the coaches completely discouraged. The coaches knew exactly what to say. I reviewed the questions I got wrong and went over the topics I needed more support with. I followed exactly what Amanda recommended when it came to sitting for the test. I took my snack and water, took a break at 100 questions and read through exactly what the questions was asking. On 2/14/2021 I passed and become Licensed. I am recommending TDC to everyone.

TDC is excellent. I felt overprepared for the exam, and that's a good place to be! I found the lectures to be very helpful, and honestly I believe going through this course has made me into a first-rate clinician. Thanks Amanda and everyone at TDC!

TDC promised that their program was up-to-date and would over-prepare me for my clinical exam; they delivered! I had little to no anxiety on the exam and had great time management. Amanda knows what she's doing but she stumbles a lot on her explanations. My only suggestion to make this program flawless is for the audio materials to be rerecorded.

I previously used another study material from a very popular agency. I am not a good self-starter with daunting tasks and thus I did not study enough the previous times and didn't even know HOW to study for such a large and important exam. I found TDC's study material to be so helpful and so approachable. I carved out time each day to study and remained engaged during my study sessions. The quick studies made it easy for me to create a study binder to take with me whenever away from my computer. I definitely owe it to TDC and the very logical and approachable study system for helping me pass my clinical exam. Thank you SO much!

TDC was the light in the dark. It allowed information to be shared and retained in various learning styles. Although we are aware that it feels like we are failing , I felt confident in knowing my material and hearing Amanda’s voice all the way through. Without a doubt I would use this prep over and over again.