The Entered Apprentice Degree in Freemasonry is the first degree to be conferred upon a candidate accepted by the Craft. It is meant to impress upon your mind the beginning of a journey toward knowledge, or as Masons term 'Light'. Light is the beginning of all things, and is the illuminant for human thoughts and actions. By virtue of this degree, the Entered Apprentice Mason is shown the initial tenets and visions of this time honored fraternity. History of masonry and Freemasons is strongly emphasized, along with the inner workings of a Lodge. This Degree is replete with symbolism and moral lessons; they will all be explained to you in great detail, after which you will be charged to learn and perfect them.
In accordance with the education and perfection of these symbolic and moral lessons, each Entered Apprentice who successfully completes the initiation will begin to learn the catechism of this Degree. Masonic catechism is a question and answer forum that will allow the Entered Apprentice to comprehend and understand all that has occurred in this degree, its symbolic meaning, and moral representations. Mastering this degree will require the Entered Apprentice to successfully complete this catechism with proficiency to the Master Masons of the Lodge. Upon proven proficiency, he will be advanced to the Fellowcraft Degree.