Upcoming Initiation Trainings:

  • Saturday 2022-2-19 Tillamook OR hosted by Sekhet Maat Oasis. Contact kim.knight@oto-usa.org to attend.

Initiation Training

Information for attendees

For questions about Initiation Training please email init-training@oto-usa.org

Initiation Training is a program implemented by U.S. Grand Lodge O.T.O. to train current and prospective members of 0-III° initiation teams. Its main goals are:

  • To regularize practices of the 0-III° initiations.

  • To communicate best practices and procedures.

  • To give Initiators feedback on their current practices.

  • To communicate U.S.G.L. policies pertaining to the safe and effective conduct of initiations.

  • To train side officers and acquaint them with U.S.G.L. standards and initiator expectations.

U.S.G.L. policy leaves several decisions about how to conduct Initiation Training up to the S.G.I.G. or Certified Initiation Trainer conducting the training. This document describes Initiation Training as typically conducted by Catherine Berry. Changes may be made for particular events, so monitor event-specific communications for pertinent information.

Attendance requirements

All attendees must:

  • Be a current member in good standing of U.S. Grand Lodge.

  • Be a member of a chartered Camp, Oasis, or Lodge, or be recognized as a Local Organizer by the Electoral College of U.S. Grand Lodge.

  • Be an initiate of the III°.

Initiation Training is an official O.T.O. event offered by the hosting local body, so members subject to disciplinary action which prohibits their attendance at the hosting body’s events may not attend.

There is no cost to attend Initiation Training. It is common to offer lunch on-site during training; the hosting local body will arrange this, and may collect a fee from those who wish to participate.

Requests to attend Initiation Training should be addressed to the master of the hosting local body, who will verify eligibility, provide required information, and assist with other arrangements as needed.