Candidates for admission to the Order of Malta complete a one year preparatory period where they learn the history and spirituality of the Order. They participate in religious exercises, retreats, and days of recollection. They also join in Order of Malta projects, works, ministries, and hospitaller activities. Following the completion of this year of formation, they are first approved by the Admissions Committee of the Association, the Board of Councillors and ultimately by the Sovereign Council and Grand Master of the Order in Rome. With final approval, they participate in a solemn Ceremony of Investiture.