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

TDC did an excellent job preparing me for the Law and Ethics Exam. I felt incredibly confident and prepared going in to the test. Thank you! I would highly recommend this course!

I felt guided throughout the whole process with TDC. The topics and Amanda's detailed explanations fully prepared me for the LMFT exam. TDC is helping to change lives. If you want to pass the exam and thrive in your field to serve others in the best way possible, study with TDC.
With Gratitude,
Ana Lisa Tucker, LMFT

I would highly recommend this program to anyone on the road to licensure. I recently passed my LMCE exam. I accomplished this by studying almost daily for an hour (or more), using the practice exams as teachers to understand the concepts/material, and as tools to identify my weaknesses and focusing on studying those weaker areas.

Thank you TDC! This program really prepped me for this exam. I would say it is very similar to the mock quizzes! If you do poorly on the final mock exams, don't let yourself spiral! It's OK! The quizzes are much more in line with the test. The vignettes are generally a bit shorter on the actual exam as well. I finished with about 12 minutes to spare. Enough time to check my flagged answers. For context, I'm not sure I was able to finish my TDC quizzes with that much time to spare. I had time to take multiple restroom breaks (nervous bladder) plus my snack break. Once I got into the groove of the test, I felt like I was passing pretty much the whole way through. Thanks TDC!

I would not have passed without TDC! The structure, organization along with the breadth and depth of subject matter was spot on! I took a year off after graduation and the full 6 yrs to complete my hours. The first year, I was in a private practice setting and did not gain much experience. So, I left to join an agency, but then moved with about 800 hrs. left and started again in private practice. However, it was difficult for me to finish the 2nd half of my child/conjoint hours, especially after COVID hit. I was extremely rusty on DSM, and did spend quite a bit of extra time creating my own spreadsheet, which I called "Nicole's Differential Diagnosis Table." The diagnosis questions became the easiest of all for me. It would have been a huge personal/professional blow to have failed. So, when I got my results, I cried!! I am so happy that I passed and extremely grateful for TDC! I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you so much! Nicole

This was an incredibly rigorous, yet accessible program. I feel like I was more than prepared for the exam and I would highly recommend TDC for other MFTs in training.

FABULOUS study system. I was actually over-prepared and felt confident throughout the actual exam, thanks to this program!! Worth every penny!!

I felt TDC prepared me for my MFT Law and Ethics exam. I was able to pass on the first try. It gave really good study material, rationale examples, and the mock exams were very true to the real test. I am definitely going to study with TDC for my clinical exam.

Thank you for your support with both the materials and being available for coaching and prep talks. I was slightly discouraged after not initially passing but felt more confident after talking with a coach . Learned a lot on the way with this journey and one lesson that sticks out is to trust the process. Glad I did, helped me to pass , finally ! =)

This course is really exceptional. I am the mother of two small kids, 3 months and 2.5 years, and still found time to listed to the lectures and look over the study materials. I felt confident and excited to go into my test and felt like I was rocking it the whole time! TDC more then prepared me and I am so thrilled I passed!!!

Special thanks to Asya for responding to my email right before the holiday break. Just in the nick of time. You're awesome! Thanks TDC for helping me study for the exam. I passed on my first try. I would not know how to study without TDC. The Sample Study Plan helped me stay on track and I love the audio features. Getting here has not been easy. First BBS lost my info due to the switch from PSI to Pearson. Next, test sites were closed due to COVID-19. I appreciate that it is so easy to request for an extension. Great customer service! I definitely recommend TDC.

I used TDC and passed on my first try, and during COVID era! I believe TDC was comprehensive in preparing me for the exam, and plan on using them again once I begin studying for the MFT licensing exam.

Amanda you were my best friend throughout this journey! Thank you TDC, first time passed the test! I would highly recommend you take this course and rely on your experience, whether it was positive or negative. You can build on both with this study course. Thank you thank you!

After passing the test, I can say that I felt completely prepared (almost over-prepared) after completing the TDC study program. I think TDC does an excellent job for preparing you not just with the material in the actual test questions, but for the emotions and exhaustion of the actual test day.

Thank you so much for your help! I definitely took you in the room with me and used the strategies throughout the test. I made sure to take a bite of my snack and drink before going in and I'm glad I did because I didn't have enough time to take a break. You are awesome and I'm so glad I chose this study package versus ones that have you read and study on your own.

TDC is an amazing program. I loved the helpful preps including the mock exams, audios, rationales and printables. You guys set up a great program! Thank you.

Thank you TDC!!!

Program was great, thank YOU! I went into the test feeling confident and was able to pass my very first attempt. I am the first of my master's program cohort to even test and it felt good to share with them that I passed! TDC was awesome. Especially the verbal explanations of the answers. I was able to just walk around the house with headphones in and listen to questions and answers all day to prep day-of and I think this is really what helped me go into it so confidently. Next is PCC Law & Ethics. Wish me luck!

I used TDC for my MFT Law and Ethics exam and passed and I decided to use TDC for my MFT clinical licensure studying. I am a visual learner, so I was initially nervous with TDC because it is so heavily based in audio. However, I found that the audio in combination with the written materials and the practice exams worked perfectly for me. I actually found that I preferred the audio aspects of the studying. The practice questions are in the same style as the exam which helped me to feel less overwhelmed during the actual test. I only connected with the coaches once towards the last couple exams that they responded within the listed time frame and were very helpful and reassuring.

I felt that the TDC materials more than prepared me for the licensing exam.