The following is the process to become a Member of the Order of Malta:
- A candidate must be invited to become a member, as each prospective member is sponsored by an invested member.
- The sponsor mentors the candidate throughout the year of preparation and vocation discernment preceding his or her investiture into the Order.
- After the mentorship period, the candidate is approved by the Western Association Membership Committee and the Executive Committee and is formally proposed by the President to the Grand Master.
- Final approval comes from the Grand Master with the deliberative vote of the Sovereign Council in Rome.