Unless they changed it, a person becomes ordained, not the post. I was ordained as a minister around 1980. To achieve that I did the Minister's Course (roughly 15 hours study), then was ordained as a separate action in the Saint Hill Chapel afterwards. The ordination is independent of post - at the time I was on a finance post.
The pre-requisites to the course are, from memory, something like of good moral character (no comment), Student Hat, trained auditor of some minimum standard.
Thanks, Paul, Face, and everyone else who responded re: "ordination" -- you're all so helpful!
For those who are following this case, here's a link to the SCOTUS site which provides the docket number/petition status/petition info for Co$'s petition for a writ of certiorari: http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/12-1495.htm
And here's a snippet from that link:
Case Nos.: (B247794) Decision Date: April 25, 2013 Discretionary Court Decision Date: May 15, 2013
~~~Date~~~ ~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jun 24 2013 Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 26, 2013) Jun 25 2013 Application (12A1247) for a stay pending disposition of the petition for a writ of certiorari, submitted to Justice Kennedy. Jun 26 2013 Application (12A1247) denied by Justice Kennedy.
Also, hadn't thought about it while reading through the court filings earlier, but re-read them and see now that another issue might become important in later rulings for this case: the distinction between "Ethics Folders" and "Auditing Folders". The generic term "PC folders" in submitted court papers strikes me as disingenuous, given the education I've received here at ESMB, and I hope it's thought to be similar by the Court.