California MFT Clinical Exam

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California MFT Clinical Exam

Price: $375.00

Key Features

  • An organized, step-by-step study program DEVELOPED BY MFTs.
  • Online audio workshops with downloadable HANDOUTS.
  • A Complete review of essential content areas for the MFT California Written Exam / Clinical Exam.
  • Effective study tools designed by California Marriage and Family Therapists who have passed the MFT California Clinical Exam by 90% or higher.
  • Top 50 Topics Tested, Law & Ethics Quiz, DSM 5 & Theory Review.
  • Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy examples that help you learn instead of memorizing.
  • Essential test-taking strategies you can use on exam day.
  • 850+ ON-LINE MFT practice exam questions with audio rationales.
  • Test anxiety management tools.
  • Experienced MFT test prep coaches available for questions and support.

The California MFT Written Exam study program is designed to maximize learning and minimize stress. (Also known as the LMFT Written Exam) The course takes approximately 65 hours to complete once and can be repeated as needed. Access is set for 6 months, but extensions are FREE. We are with you until you pass the LMFT exam!


Frequently Asked Questions

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:

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!


Average: 5 (1274 votes)
Marguerite M. Ferrell, Redding, California

I just took the test and passed on my first attempt!!!! I want to say thank you for this great program. The program was perfect for me, and I would like to share that some of your passing testimonies and reviews helped me. For those who are taking your test soon, review 50 topics, how to take the test, especially how the question is first worded, a few days before the test. This helped me with the passing score as I was stuck in the process and picked how we were taught to study. My initial scores were not very strong on the mock exams, but in the last few days, I reviewed why and this helped me through the process and provided many "ah ha" moments during the actual exam. Remember to answer according to the unit of treatment, identify the client and symptomatology in the stem, and that you answer as a therapist with unconditional positive regard and client autonomy! Amanda and the team, thank you for the excellent program and for speaking to me along the way.

Jessica M. Pedroza, Muriette, California

The TDC study guide made studying for the California LMFT clinical exam easier than trying to study with books. The study guide was organized, made the material easy to review, and provided a lot of great exam taking strategies. I am happy to say that I passed my exam on my first try, I will absolutely recommend this study guide for other therapists!

Adena Hassan, Burbank, California

I appreciated the availability and responsiveness of the TDC staff, always ready and willing to be helpful in our journey and process. They gave me a ton of support and were very helpful. Don't hesitate to email them questions when needed or schedule a brief phone call to check in on your progress or if you need more direction/guidance!