Our California Law & Ethics Practice Test is now up! If you're in California and don't know what that means, here's some quick reading up via the BBS's exam news page:


  • A California Law and Ethics Exam will replace the Standard Written Exam for LMFT and LCSW applicants. For LPCC applicants this exam will not change. It is designed to assess the applicant's knowledge of and ability to apply legal and ethical standards relating to clinical practice. This will consist of 75 multiple-choice items administered over a 90-minute period. The re-exam waiting period for the exam is 90 days. The Law and Ethics Exam Plans outline further information about these exams.
  • The National Clinical Exam administered by ASWB will replace the Clinical Vignette Exam for LCSW applicants. It is designed to assess an applicant's knowledge of psychosocial principles and methods in treatment and their application, and the ability to make judgments about appropriate techniques, methods and objectives as applicable to the profession's scope of practice. This exam consists of 150-item multiple choice questions administered over a four hour period. The re-exam waiting period for the exam is 90 days. When you have met the eligiblity requirements for the Clinical Exam, BBS will send your eligiblity information to ASWB, and will also notify you of your eligiblity to take the clinical exam. Once you receive the notification you may contact ASWB to register for their Clinical Exam. The ASWB Candidate Handbook for the Clinical Exam includes a variety of information as does the "Content Outline and Knowledge Skills and Abilities". 

Also, the last day of November marks the last day you can take the soon-to-be-old-fashioned BBS Standard and Vignette exams:

Effective January 1, 2016 the Board's examination process will be restructured. In order to ensure a successful transition, the Board will be implementing an examination blackout period for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) examinations to ensure the integrity of examination candidate data during the transition. The Examination Blackout Period provides more information as to what this means for you.

October 8, 2015