In the Scottish Episcopal Church, final decisions about selection for training and then licensing of Lay Readers are made by the candidate’s diocesan bishop. However, the bishops involve others in the discernment process from the beginning.
Candidates are sponsored by their incumbent, and then meet with the diocesan Warden of Lay Readers in their diocese several times. An Advisory Interview involving other assessors may follow, after which the Warden of Lay Readers will make a report to the Bishop communicating a recommendation about the candidate.
See the Lay Readers Discernment Handbook for more details about Lay Reader ministry and the process of becoming a Lay Reader.