Candidates should always consult their Diocesan Director of Ordinands before applying to a theological college or course for admission. A recommendation to train for ordination from the Bishops' Advisers does not carry with it the right of acceptance by any particular theological college or course.
Candidates under 32
- Graduates in theology (where at least half of the degree consists of theology) normally spend two years on a full-time course at a theological college and have to fulfil the Bishops' requirements by satisfactorily completing an approved course for ministerial training.
- Graduates in subjects other than theology, and non-graduates are normally required to spend three years in residential or non-residential training and have to fulfil the Bishops' requirements by satisfactorily completing an approved course. Certain courses and professional qualifications may be regarded as conferring graduate status. Only those candidates with an upper second or first class degree will normally be permitted to read for a degree or post-graduate diploma in theology, and this is subject to the recommendation of the Bishops' Advisers.
- No-graduates are required to do a recognised ordination training course at one of the colleges.
- Some candidates may first be recommended to undertake some form of pre-theological education (in this diocese usually provided under the auspices of the Local Ministry Programme).
Candidates aged 32 or over
- Candidates for stipendiary ministry are normally required to do either a two-year full time course at a theological college or a three-year part time course. In some instances, the recommendations for training will indicate a preferred form. Candidates are required to fulfil the Bishops' requirements for ministerial training.
- Candidates for self-supporting ministry are normally required to do an approved three-year part time course, though those over the age of 50 may train at the Bishop's discretion. OLMs will always train on the Local Ministry Programme, normally for three years. In both cases, previous theological qualifications may allow the training to be shortened. Certain candidates who have recently trained for Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) Ministry on the Local Ministry Programme, may be allowed to take a two year course provided by LMP.