Grade I……. Indentured Apprentice
Grade II…… Fellow of the Craft
Grade III ...... Fitter and Marker
Grade IV…... Setter Erector
Grade V…… Intendent, Overseer, Super Intendent and Warden
Grade VI …..Passed Master (Note for Masons: Not Past Master)
Grade VII…. Master Mason, of whom three are Grand Master Masons
The Society is governed by three Grand Master Masons who traditionally hold their office's ad vitam, but waive that right. The First Grand Master Mason retires after a tenure of five years and the Second Grand Master Mason after a period of three years (although both are eligible for reappointment), whilst the office of Third Grand Master Mason terminates annually with the enactment of the Ancient Drama one year after his appointment.
The three Grand Masters are the sole members of the seventh degree Lodge, all others being said to be members of the seventh-degree honoris causa. The minimum qualification for the sixth degree is to be an Installed Master in good standing in both the Craft and Mark degrees of speculative Freemasonry. The candidate also has to have attended at least seventy percent of his Assemblage meetings. The Senior Passed Master of a Region confers this degree in a Lodge of Passed Masters, usually held once per year. In his capacity as head of a region the "SPM" is known as a Deputy Grand Master Mason.
The first four degrees are conferred in an Assemblage of Lodges IV° to I°, each degree beyond the first being conferred when the Assemblage is appropriately opened as a Lodge of that degree. The fifth, sixth and seventh degrees are conferred in separate Lodges of those degrees.
The Society has over two thousand members scattered throughout the world in England & Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Belgium, India, Malaysia, Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil and Bolivia, although Assemblage membership is not restricted to those countries alone.
Apart from the Grand Master Masons and the Grand Clerk, regalia is minimal and consists simply of a blue collarette or cord from which is suspended the badge of one's grade. Badges are exchanged as progression is made. Each Assemblage, however, has considerable furniture and equipment, all of which has its basis in antiquity and is related to the craft of stonemasonry.
All ceremonies are distinctly English in character. No matter where they are being worked, they are always conducted in English and the first toast at the luncheon or dinner which follows the meeting is, whenever possible, always to the Monarch of the United Kingdom.