In most cases, you will have been invited to join a Holy Royal Arch Chapter by a member of that Chapter or you will have approached a member of a Chapter and asked him to propose you. Please don’t be shy about asking.
Your proposer will provide you with an Application for Exaltation (aka Schedule F) which he can obtain from his Chapter Scribe Ezra.
Your proposer will hand your completed application form to the Chapter Scribe Ezra who will give notice of it on the Chapter Summons.
A ballot will be held and, if successful, you will be admitted into the Holy Royal Arch Degree in two stages. The first is to be Instructed in the Excellent Master Mason Degree. A ceremony of instruction can often happen on the same night as the ballot. The second, taken at a subsequent convocation, is to be Exalted as a Royal Arch Freemason.
Prior to the Instruction Ceremony you will be asked to sign a Declaration, in which you promise to follow the rules of the Order, and to pay the necessary dues.
Bring your own VSL if you would like to be obligated on it.
Ensure that regalia – an apron, a sash and a jewel – has been arranged for you and that the apron has been adjusted to fit around your waist.
Your progress along a Pathway of Enlightenment commences with the Instruction in the Excellent Master Mason Degree. This is a colourful ceremony in which you will learn things that will prepare you for the next ceremony. The Exaltation Ceremony is an impressive one in which you will make a significant discovery and become a Companion of the Order. You will be accompanied every step of the way, in both ceremonies, by an Officer of the Chapter so all you need to do is relax and enjoy it.