TN Academy of Masonic Knowledge–Level 1 Certification

Eight (8) MEU’s are required for certification. Level I requirements are a mechanism to help all participants develop an entry-level interest in the program as well as a basic knowledge of Freemasonry. These requirements serve as the foundation on which you can build a quality personal education program. To provide for a variety of individual interests the eight MEU’s will be earned from the Level I list.



Max MEU’s

Read and submit an Evaluation Report for three of the Level One books listed below.

1 per book


ELECTIVE MEU’s:Read additional books from the Recommended Books List or other Masonic books and submit Evaluation Reports for them

1 per book


Attend Tennessee Lodge of Research or a Masonic research meeting, and submit an Evaluation Report

½ MEU per session


Present a Masonic Education program to any Masonic Body or to a public gathering. (20 minutes or longer)**

1 for each different presentation


Compose a Masonic article, suitable for publication. (1000 words minimum)*

1 for each article


Required Reading (pick three):

  • Allen E. Roberts, The Craft and Its Symbols, 1974

  • Bernard E. Jones, Freemason’s Guide and Compendium, 1950,1956

  • John J. Robinson, A Pilgrims Path, 1993

  • Joseph Fort Newton, The Builders, 1914

  • Allen E. Roberts, The Mystic Tie, 1991

  • Fred L. Pick & G. Norman Knight, The Pocket History of Freemasonry, 1953

  • William A. Carpenter, The Exemplar, A Guide to a Mason’s Actions, 1985

  • Charles A. Snodgrass & Bobby J. Demott, The History of Freemasonry in Tennessee, 1994

  • Brent Morris, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry

  • Christopher Hodapp, Freemasonry for Dummies

  • Kevin Gest, Freemasonry Decoded

  • W. L. Wilmshurst, The Meaning Of Masonry by W. L. Wilmshurst

  • David Harrison, Genesis of Freemasonry by David Harrison

  • The Freemasons Key by Albert Mackey (Author), Joseph Fort Newton (Author), Michael R. Poll (Editor)

  • Christopher Hodapp, Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C.

  • Robert Lomas, The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus

Suggested subjects for level elective reading:

  • General Information about Freemasonry; Philosophy of Freemasonry; Symbolism and Freemasonry.

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