California LMFT Clinical Exam Prep

  • Video-based learning

    More than 27 hours of focused video lectures from expert MFT instructors.

  • Think Like the Test™

    Our exclusive videos on test-taking strategy can be a game-changer.

  • Quizzes and mock exams

    More than 450 total practice questions, all with full rationales.

  • Optimized across devices

    Desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile. Available anywhere you're online.

  • Save money

    Our program is offered at the lowest price among major competitors.

  • With you until you pass

    Initial access is for 180 days. Didn't pass in that time? Request a free extension.

  • About the Instructor

    Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the author of several books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.
    He has been a strong and successful advocate for mental health professionals, serving as a driving force behind the streamlining of hours of experience for licensure and the title change from "Intern" to "Associate."
    He has taught MFTs at the graduate level for more than 20 years, and presents around the country on topics related to ethics, technology, supervision, and professional development.

California LMFT Clinical Exam information

If you are an Associate MFT, you must attempt the Law and Ethics Exam at least once in each year of registration until you have passed the exam. Once you have passed the exam, you do not need to take it again (except in extremely rare cases, such as leaving the field for several years and then returning).

In general, we recommend taking the test quickly once you are registered as an associate. Your knowledge from your graduate program is likely to still be fresh in your mind, and taking the test early means that you can quickly be done with this step toward licensure.

If you are planning to take the exam toward the end of your registration period (that is, close to your renewal date), we recommend scheduling your exam attempt at least a few days in advance of your scheduled registration renewal date, as it can take 1-2 business days for PearsonVUE to transmit your exam attempt to the BBS, allowing your renewal to process.

The California MFT Clinical Exam consists of 170 questions, of which 150 are scored and 20 are non-scored. Examinees typically have 4 hours (240 minutes) to complete the exam.

Before you register for the exam, the California BBS must declare you eligible to take it. You can apply for exam eligibility through the state's Breeze system.

Once the BBS has declared you eligible and sent your eligibility to PearsonVUE, you can register for the exam on the PearsonVUE website.

The BBS allows those with recognized disabilities to apply for exam accommodations through its test vendor, PearsonVUE. You can learn more about that process here.

If you have received accommodations for your exam, we can provide mock exam timing that corresponds with your accommodations. Additional information on this is available within the course.

The test is offered at PearsonVUE testing sites around the state. In addition, it is possible to take the exam at many out-of-state locations as well. More information on testing locations is available here.

If you don't pass your MFT Clinical Exam, you simply must wait at least 120 days and attempt again. As long as you never let a full year go by between exam attempts, your previously-accepted experience hours are effectively "locked in" and do not expire.

We're with you until you pass, so if you need an extension on your program, simply fill out the extension request form available on your dashboard upon login.

While it is not common, on rare occasions exams will be impacted by power outages or other issues that result in inadequate or improper test administration. In such instances, it is important to have testing center staff file an Incident Report before you leave the building. This report makes it much more likely that PearsonVUE or the BBS will be able to take steps to rectify the situation.

This course does not offer Continuing Education (CE) credit.