Membership and Eligibility Requirements for Companions

The Companions in the Ministry of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises ( Companions ) embraces within the one professional association Ignatian directors with a variety of levels of formation achieved in different formation programs with different emphases. There are four levels of membership of Companions:

18th Annotation Members give the Spiritual Exercises according to Annotation 18.
18th Annotation Members have voting rights in Companions.
18th Annotation Members have made the Spiritual Exercises according to the 19/20th Annotation .
Successful completion of a formation program. For a giver of the Exercises to be eligible for membership of Companions he or she must provide documented evidence of having successfully completed a formation program which meets the requirements outlined in the Standards for the Formation of Givers of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
The giver of the Exercises applying for 18th Annotation membership of the Companions must have completed:
a minimum of 100 classroom contact hours plus non-contact study hours
a minimum of 20 hours of supervision. This can include one-to-one and group supervision.
How to Become a Member

19th and 20th Annotation Members give the full Spiritual Exercises according to Annotation 19 and/or 20.
19th and 20th Annotation Member Members have voting rights in Companions.
19th and 20th Annotation Members have made the full Spiritual Exercises either according to the 19th or 20th Annotation
The giver of the Exercises applying for 19th and 20th Annotation membership of Companions must have completed:
a minimum of 200 classroom contact hours plus non-contact study hours
a minimum of 50 hours of supervision. This can include one-to-one and group supervision
must provide evidence of having directed the 19th and/or 20th annotation retreat twice, under supervision.
How to Become a Member

Student Members have made the full Spiritual Exercises according to the 19th or 20th Annotation.
Student Members do not have voting rights in Companions.
Student Members have made the full Spiritual Exercises either according to the 19th or 20th Annotation.
A student currently enrolled in a formation program for givers of the Exercises is eligible for Student Membership of Companions. The student must provide documented evidence of being currently enrolled in a formation program which meets the requirements outlined in the Standards for the Formation of Givers of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
How to Become a Member

Associate Members do not have to have made the full Spiritual Exercises to become members and are not currently in a formation program to become a giver of the Spiritual Exercises, but may be in the future.
Associate Members do not have voting rights in Companions
Associate Members to do not have to have made the full Spiritual Exercises to become members, but they must live out of the Spiritual Exercises as a way of life
Associate Members are those who have a regular experience of the Spiritual Exercises (such as an annual eight-day retreat or something similar); and live out of the Spiritual Exercises as a way of life.
How to Become a Member

Equivalent Competence Some givers of the Exercises have a wealth of experience and an obvious charism for the ministry. These men and women may have practiced this ministry for many years, without necessarily having completed a recognised formation program. Companions will formally recognise those givers of the Exercises who can demonstrate equivalent competence, knowledge and experience.
How to Become a Member