Within each of the recognized Trades the Rodsmith’s Guild™ awards one of three Titles that connote an individual’s expertise and knowledge within the Trade. These Titles (listed here in ascending order of expertise) are the traditional trade guild Titles of: Apprentice, Journeyman, and Master.
The Apprentice Title is reserved solely for individuals who are learning the skills of a Trade and have a sponsoring Guild tradesman who is assisting them. As such, Apprentices are considered to be under the tutelage and oversight of their Sponsoring Member.
The tradesman’s term of Journeyman was used in the past to connote an individual who had the expertise and skill to “journey” away from his “Master,” and to work independently in the employ of another. Likewise, the Rodsmith’s Guild™ awards the Title of Journeyman to individuals who have the expertise and skill to independently provide the service and workmanship associated with their Trade.
The Title of Master is obviously used to connote an individual who has demonstrated a high degree of expertise and skill in his Trade, but it is only awarded to those who have also perpetuated that knowledge and skill in others. Journeymen may be as skilled as a Master, but they have not yet demonstrated that they have significantly passed their expertise on to others.
While the Title of Master is the highest Title awarded by the Guild in any Trade, the pinnacle of Guild membership is the coveted Title of Master Rodsmith. This Title, and indeed the term Rodsmith, is reserved solely for individuals who have obtained the Title of Master in all three of the recognized Trades.