Elite Jounin, like the ANBU, are hand-picked by the Kage. Instead of an Orthodox Examination, the Kage will oversee a tournament of the Jounin Applicants. As in the Third Stage of the Jounin Exams, killing your opponent is not allowed. Only the Applicants who reach the Final 8 Contestants will be eligible for Elite Jounin Certification. After that, losing does not guarantee that you will not be promoted. However, the winners are guaranteed a promotion to Elite Jounin.