In order to become a Daoist priest, the individual must apply to enter the Gui Yi program. This is typically a three year process, during which the individual will follow a prescribed course of study covering religious belief, history, philosophy and ceremonial practices. At the end of the prescribed period of study, the individual can then apply to take written and practical examinations covering the foundational materials and practices. Once they pass the examinations, they are then inducted in a graduation ceremony. After this they are Chu Jia priests.