Masonic Education

Education in Freemasonry is meant to be a lifelong process, furthering our understanding of the fraternity and its relevance to today’s world.

The Institute for Masonic Studies was founded in 1997 to foster Masonic knowledge and understanding among the Masons of California and the larger world of Freemasonry. The Institute hosts a number of important programs and resources for members and lodges, including the following:

Basic Education for Candidates
In addition to the memorized proficiency, each candidate is expected to read an education booklet designed specifically for the degree that he has most recently completed. To demonstrate his understanding of the material, he is asked to answer several questions about the material.

Download the NEW Basic Education for Candidates booklets:

Candidate Guide: Entered Apprentice Degree (PDF – 288KB)
Entered Apprentice Proficiency (32KB)
Candidate Guide: Fellow Craft Degree (PDF – 488KB)
Fellow Craft Proficiency (32KB)
Candidate Guide: Master Mason Degree (PDF – 492KB)
Master Mason Proficiency (32KB)