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

The rationale explanation via the mock exams were extremely helpful. Breaking the question down to myself as a therapist to handle such a situation helped framed the question to be clearer. All TDC handouts were helpful as I am a visual learner. I appreciate Amanda's work in explaining the materials and her positive words of encouragement.

TDC was TREMENDOUSLY helpful in my preparation for the exam. Being able to listen to the content on my commute was a game changer, and the practice tests were fundamental for me to be able to walk into the test prepared for the 4 hours mental sprint! Well worth the investment

I felt fully prepared for the test. There wasn't any topic on the exam that I felt I had not learned about. The tips about how to take the exam & final thoughts before the exam were very helpful to keep in mind while testing. I have a couple of friends that used other material and, unfortunately, did not pass. Would definitely recommend this test prep!

So far I can say, this as a testimonial. " As a single parent I decided to use TDC as it has been an assessible and effective system in allowing me to learn in an outside of the box way. I recommend this to all of my colleagues graduating from Notre Dame De Namur."

I want to thank Robin for being flexible in scheduling coaching sessions. Robin helped me in strengthing my testing skills.

Therapist Development Center is like having a private tutor at your beck and call. A genuine concern to pass your test on the first attempt is truly felt. Amanda walks you through, step by step, providing strategies, to mentally and physically prepare you, for the big day. Amanda has created a fun-like approach to studying, providing steps to calm your nerves, and most important, she believes in you, when your confidence is weary, letting you know, YOU GOT THIS!! She has no doubt, in your capabilities. You have made it this far. If you follow her instructions as she has laid them out; YOU WILL PASS. I actually had fun taking the test. I went from a panic, high anxiety test taker, to having fun. WOW, not much more I can say. Thank You to the entire staff at Therapsit Development. Love and blessings to All.

This course was very beneficial in helping me create a structured timeline to prepare and study. Coaches replied quickly when I emailed them with a question.

Thank you so much Amanda! I would not even have known where to begin in the maze of study materials 'out there'. I was so confused, until one day I was fortunate to come across your website. I passed the Clinical Exam on 9/18 after utilizing your study materials. The content, which zeroed in on the issues relatable to the test, was brilliant. Your passion, and helping all the 'newbies' begin their careers is much appreciated. You are awesome!!

I took the test before without study materials and didn’t pass. I used TDC and passed the first time with the program.

This program so was so well designed -I heard Amanda's voice in my head on more challenging questions during the exam. Overall, the exam was much more doable than everyone had told me and I finished in less time than the allotted 4 hours. The TDC final Mock was more difficult, which prepared me well for the real thing!! Thank you TDC!

My only regret is that I started with another program. This was always the right choice. I am so grateful to you TDC!!

Organized program. Used TDC for both my L&E Exam and my Clinical Exam. Passed both on the first try! Thank you!

Even though I haven't passed the exam (I have taken it twice) every time I relisten to everything there is always something new I learn.

I am so blessed and thankful for this program! I didn't pass my test the first time, utilizing a different study program and I walked out devastated! I was ignorant to what it would take to endure a 4 hour test! I went through this program twice and listened to every detail and suggestion provided! The most helpful aspect for me was eating my protein bar and juice during the break! I felt a boost of energy and was able to finish strong the second half of the test! Amy covered all of the material, leaving not one topic uncovered! In fact I felt the mock tests were actually more difficult then the exam! I am so thrilled to finally say I have passed! Thank you TDC!

TDC has been integral to helping me refine and organize a study plan that ultimately led to the outcome I desired - passing the clinical exam (and, before that, the law and ethics exam)! Moving through the program topics and two extremely helpful coaching sessions with Asya were key to easing my test anxiety, uncovering places I needed to support my attention span and learning how to be an effective test taker. Through each step of the program I felt my confidence and competence grow.

I am so happy I chose this program! It really helped lower my test taking anxiety and prepared me for my exam. I followed the curriculum exactly as it was and I walked into the test room confident that I knew my material. The mock exams were a great help!

This is the best study program ever. Incredibly thorough and helpful.

I had taken the Law & Ethics exam twice before and only used study materials I had acquired in the Masters Program-not a good idea. After many pleas for help, I decided to make the combo purchase of TDC-MFT Study Materials; I followed the directions to a T; and low and behold I finally passed the Law & Ethics exam, just like my coworkers and cohorts had assured me. I look forward to taking the TDC-MFT Clinical Exam using this same program and mindset. Much thanks!

I'm highly satisfied with TDC; the entire program is very thorough, encouraged me to pace myself, and allowed me to feel as prepared as possible for the exam. I passed on the first try, and could not have done so without TDC. My sincerest thanks to the team!

So glad I used TDC. The lectures were essential in helping me master the material. I could not have passed the test with them.