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

The materials are all here! Practice to find your deficiencies and then practice the test again. There are enough tests to build up "test stamina" and if you still struggle, use their support system. I called Robin to help coach me because my test scores were getting worse the more I studied. She had me look at my pattern of how I was taking the tests. That was the game changer.

Knowing that I study best under pressure, I decided to only give myself about 2 weeks to study for the exam and cleared my schedule for the most part the week before the exam. I was surprised that I was able to accomplish it and pass the exam! The practice tests were super helpful as well as having a schedule to ease my anxiety that if I just follow the schedule and put it in my calendar, I just have to show up and know that I'll be ready :) Thank you TDC for this course!

I have used TDC for both the Law/Ethics Exam and the LMFT exam... both times, I passed first try and that is largely in part of the TDC program! The audio lectures are perfect to follow along and they bring in great examples to help connect the material to understanding how to apply it to clinical practice. My favorite part about TDC is the practice tests.. There are so many to help you prep and they actually go through the answers with rationales to help you understand why you got it wrong and why there was a better answer choice. These boards exams are truly rationale based and this program helped me decipher each question to pick out what I needed to get the answer right and ultimately pass!

I am so happy to report I passed the LMFT clinical EXAM! I really feel like TDC prepared me so well. The mock exams especially prepared me for the real thing. I would even say TDC over prepared me, which I am so grateful for. Not only did I feel confident and prepared going in to the test, but I am now much more confident and knowledgable on theories, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and crisis management than I was before! Thank you TDC, I will continue to recommend this program to all associates pursuing licensure.

The test questions in the exam were very similar to the practice questions/mock exam here in TDC. I felt like I was made for this exam when I was taking it. There was just enough anxiousness to help me focus while I was taking it. The tagline "pass with confidence" really is TRUE. The test-taking strategies discussed here are also extremely helpful. For example, taking a break in the middle of the exam and eating up a fruit really did boost up my brain when it was getting tired in the middle of it. Thank you TDC Team!

The lead up to this exam has been years in the making and as one might expect, my anxiety about the MFT clinical exam was through the roof. I had heard great things about TDC from several colleagues and others along the way in my professional journey. While I found the study schedule to be a bit intense, I found that the careful review Amanda provides on the various content areas tested on the exam was incredibly helpful in preparing me for the rigor of this exam. Amanda's final pep talk was super helpful and really helped me get into the right frame of mind going before going in on test day. I'm not ashamed to admit that I skipped a lot of the law and ethics sections since I already have taken that test and feel secure in my understandings there. I did not complete any of the quizzes, and only completed one mock exam and review. The audio lectures were my main source for engaging this material, along with taking notes along the way. While I by no means encourage anyone to follow my way of approaching this, I think it also very much attests to the effectiveness of this study program. I am happy and proud to say I passed the CA MFT clinical exam on the first try. I am elated. Thank you Amanda and team for all you do and for helping me prepare for this this important day. Best wishes to ya'll.

I still can’t believe I pass. This test was super hard for me but thanks to your program, that prepared me well, I pass. I followed your instructions to the “T” & it work for me. Thank you sooooo much.

I am a master procrastinator, let me just begin with that, ha-ha!. However, I was able to go through all the top 30 topics, ethics section, and complete the quizzes, the quick study guides all a month and a half before my exam date. I did not have time to take the 3 mock exams and I still passed and felt prepared. Thank you, TDC, and the narrators! -J.J.C.

Awesome program! I went in with confidence to take my exam and finished with 20 minutes to review flagged questions. This program prepared me to feel less anxious about time management and does such an amazing job at teaching how to read the questions. Thanks Amanda and the TDC team!

My coworkers had recommended TDC to study for the MFT clinical exam and I'm glad I did, the program outlined the importance of studying, exercising, and positive thinking. I haven't been in the field in so long, so everything in the study program was not only a great refresher, but focused on topics that was on the exam which helped me so much! I am so grateful for the TDC team in helping me prepare and pass the exam. You would only need this study program to help you prepare and pass the exam, and they are truly with you until you pass!

Though the week leading up to my exam was super stressful, I felt very confident that I would pass the exam. 3 days prior to taking the exam, I felt completely ready. I only studied 3 weeks prior to the exam for 3-4 hours a day. While I was taking the exam, I felt anxious, but also felt like it was too easy. That's how prepared I felt leading up to the big day. TDC went over everything that was needed to cover the Clinical exam. I would recommend this program to anyone out there who is studying to take their Clinical exam.

It is my pleasure to share my experience using TDC’s study prep program to sit the California MFT clinical examination! The four-hour-long exam was a beast but TDC’s study prep program was key to preparing me for the exam. The study preparatory materials were skillfully organized with the right amount of material and information needed to pass the test. The audio rationales (with Amanda) for the practice mock exams gave meaning to the prep questions and were invaluable. I highly recommend that this step is taken. I felt prepared and confident to take the exam. I was successful. Thank you Robin for your support!

After feeling loss and defeated from taking the clinical test 2 previous times. TDC, was the best choice for me to learn, grow and become confident to pass the Clinical exam. I will highly recommend to colleagues pursing their studies for the clinical test! I am over-joyed that I passed the test this 3rd time around. TDC gave me the necessary tools/skills to accomplish passing the test! Thank you!

This program is laid out really well. From the material to the practice exams, it all helped! Even though I was nervous on test day, once I got started, it all got easier. The questions were actually easier than the ones on the practice exams. Thank you TDC for putting together this program!

I am so appreciative to TDC for not giving up on me and allowing me to extend my studies without extra charge until I passed. They are very supportive and knowledgeable in the requirement for the clinical written MFT exam. What is so helpful in is the well organized layout plan encouraging you to plan carefully that works for you. This is the only audio study program that I'm aware of that works really well giving you clear explanation of the rationale, the different theories, and the DSM that is helpful and meaningful. I am a believer of this program and will do my CEU's with TDC . I rate this program far beyond five stars for their excellence.

TDC is amazing. From day 1, the holistic framework for how to approach passing the MFT Clinical Exam resonated with me. I felt prepared in my body (to actually sit and focus for 4 hours!), I felt prepared emotionally (to tolerate and welcome discomfort!) and mentally (anything and everything we learned in school and practice covered!) The mock exams were integral to preparing for the experience of the exam which I felt was actually easier than the TDC mocks. Thank you so much for teaching us how to take the test; I used my energy wisely and cheerleaded myself on the whole way through to passing.

My confidence, going into the exam, superseded what it might have been if I did not have the support of TDC! As a “right “ brain person organizing and the skill of reasoning can sometimes be a challenge and this program truly taught me “how to think” and how to “reason”... I know, for a fact, this guidance, along with review of all pertinent issues related to the MFT profession, helped to ensure I passed... the FIRST time!! Thank you Amanda and Robin!! Mary Therese

Excellent program! Practice exams were very similar to actual test. Program covers all concepts and scenarios given on the email. I felt confident and prepared on test date. Looking out for key words and taking Amanda with me on the test date really helped me choose the best answer to questions that were more tricky. Will definitely be using TDC to prepare for my clinical exam.

I loved the program and have recommended it to many of my previous cohort members!! I for sure will be using TDC to study for my MFT licensing exam when the time comes. TDC made understanding the material far less scary and I felt far more prepared for my exam than I would if I was attempting to study on my own. TDC took the anxiety out of studying.

I likely do not pass the exam without TDC.