What is a Catholic novice?

A novice in Catholic law and tradition, is a prospective member of a religious order who is being tried and being proven for suitability of admission to a religious order of brothers, sisters or monks. Novices are not admitted to vows until they have successfully completed the prescribed period of training and proving, called the novitiate. Earlier, different orders followed their own rules governing the length and conditions of the novitiate. However, in response to the Protestant Reformation, the Council of Trent legislated the length and conditions by which anyone aspiring to become a monk is obliged to be a novice; the usual period is for at least one year, depending on the aptitude of the candidate. A novice is any person that is new to any science or field of study or activity or social cause and who is undergoing training in order to meet normal requirements of being regarded a mature and equal participant. * Postulant * Neophyte * Tyro or Tiro * Beginner * Candidate * Apprentice * (related but not exactly synonymous) Initiate