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 does an excellent job of providing the study material in digestible amounts, the program builds on itself so that if you follow it to a T, you will be successful. I passed my CA MFT clinical exam on my 1st try. Muchas Gracias TDC.

Thank you!! This program definitely prepared me for the exam!

I could not have passed the CA LMFT having Amanda in the room with me. Thank you!!

I would not have passed this exam had it not been for this course. That saved me time and money by not having to retake the exam multiple times. I recommend this course to anyone pursuing their LCSW, LMFT, or LPCC.

I'll definitely be using TDC to take my final MFT exam! Usually, I'm a nervous wreck when it comes to exams, but I felt well prepared, and calm going into the exam. Thanks so much for your help!

TDC community! I am thankful and relieved to report that I passed the clinical exam! What a journey it has been, life has really thrown massive curveballs including a baby into my juggling act as a full time working mama. Thank God for family support and the drive to become Licensed! This program is the ONLY reason I passed because although I have been a strong student, I never felt like I was a strong test taker. Managing anxiety and focusing on self care got me through this beast of a test. Thank you Amanda, Robin and the whole TDC family!

I passed the clinical exam the first time with the help of TDC. I will admit that my scores on the mocks were not great and I was experiencing test anxiety, but I still felt very prepared for the exam.

I was quite nervous about taking this test, but with the study materials, I was well prepared. When taking practice exams, I found that my scores were on the cusp of passing, but going over the answer explanations was highly effective in helping me understand the material. Between the lectures, rationales for test questions, and reading material, I found this program to exceed my expectations, helping me to pass on my first try!

TDC was the only study program I used. Reviewing the exams and listening to the rationals really helped ground my understanding. Listening to the 50 topics lecture two days prior of my exam helped remind me of the smaller details that I would forget to focus on because I was so worried about theories.

Really great study program. I liked that the recordings were actual people, not robots. Really personable. I passed on the first try!

I feel like this course adequately prepared me for the examination. I finished with 15 minutes to spare, and was able to go back to flagged questions for review.

It's a great tool to use if you are both an audio and visual learner.

I'm thankful for this program, better than the rest. I took it once and failed by one point because Covid-19 shook me up and I second-guessed myself. Bunkered down, looked at quick study tips and retook program and passed, was so happy, I'll be ready to take the clinical exam when I get all my hours, I highly recommend this program, follow the guides and do it!

Thank you so much! I know I wouldn't have been able to pass this exam without the preparation I did through your program.

The Law and Ethics Exam is unlike any test I've ever studied for. After going through this program, I passed the test upon the first attempt. Some of my favorite things about the program were the audio rationales and pep talks. TDC not only taught me valuable skills for studying for the L&E, I now have skills that will help me overcome other challenges in life that take discipline and study. I appreciate this course for its personable and supportive culture and feel it is superior to other competitors because of it's care for its test takers.

I ran out of time before exam day to take the final mock exam, but studying, followed by taking Mocks I and II along with carefully listening to the rationales prepared me very well. I still sat down to take the actual exam with some trepidation, because my mock scores were just 66 and 67%. But Amanda was right -- I could hear her voice, and answering the exam questions just felt like a continuation of what I'd been doing at home. I read the question before the stem and found that to be key. I kept careful track of time and finished with four minutes to spare. Honestly, by the end, I was glad I didn't have time to go back and second guess my answers!

Follow the program and stay with it even if you don't feel successful with the mock tests! The best advice was getting comfortable with uncertainty.

Therapist Development Center helped me throughout the process, did some "hand holding" through the "downs" and provided encouragement and support until I came out on the other side..with a pass certificate!
The lectures were very detailed and mock exams very super helpful!

This courses is fantastic if you utilize it diligently, making a study schedule for yourself that is consistent and focused. I am so happy I passed and am grateful for TDC's help!

I have struggled with test taking for many moons. I purchased TDC I believe back in 2017 after not being successful with other training material. I had difficulties the first 3 times due to change of life going on during same time. This time, God presented me with the moment to go for it and with the excellent study material in TDC, I was able to pass the exam. With the rationales given in the Mock 1 and 2 Final along with the in-depth guides and study resources, BADA BING BADA BOOM...LMFT!!! Such a great learning experience!! God Bless!!!

Great experience with the study material and would recommend in the future.