SCOTTISH RITE CUSTOMS
Many visitors from foreign jurisdictions are surprised at the ease with which candidates become 32° Masons. Some of their customs are just as surprising.
In Columbia, it takes at least six years to reach the 32°.
In England, the candidate cannot petition but must be nominated by a member.
In the Netherlands, a candidate may petition up to the 18°. The 30°, 32° and 33° are honorary. There is a waiting period of 5 years between the 18° and 30°.
In Australia, it takes several years to attain the 30°. The 32° is conferred on a few 30° Masons. The 33° is rare.
In Belgium, at least 12 and sometimes 20 years are required to complete the degrees. There are very few 32° or 33° members.
In Chile, if a petitioner has not served as Master of his Lodge, he must have been a Mason for at least 10 years before he can petition the Scottish Rite. It then requires some 14 years to reach the 32° after presenting a written thesis on each degree during his progression