I would not go with Journeyman in spite of its timeless use in guilds as an expert who is not a master. In my opinion its application is more akin to Artisan or Craftsman or someone else who, while still considered an expert, can have varying skill levels from person to person bearing this title. Even a world class glass-blower can be considered a journeyman in my opinion.
Adept, I think, is a generally good middle-grade word since the subject is secret knowledge. I think there are other options available to you, provided you consider bumping apprentice down to something more unskilled (where fun words come in, such as Probationer or Novitiate). However, the context is very limited; secret knowledge can be a little ambiguous.
If the secret knowledge pertains to a skill or technique, I'd go with Practitioner for your middle-grade because of the phrase licensed practitioner which is reminiscent of black-belt level students in a martial arts studio: They are experts that carry some influence over the new Initiates, Novices, Acolytes, or Neophytes while still learning and answering to a Master or Doyen (I really like doyen: a combination of technical expert and leading authority, the perfect hybrid of technical prowess and extensive understanding while still maintaining the Educator status).
For secret knowledge that is intended more for understanding than application, you might [carefully] consider Graduate since this intermediate level of knowledge is mimicked in modern education. Somebody who is not a novice anymore (out of college) may continue their learning and get a Master's degree! (coincidence?)
However, use caution in immediate context because since many people choose not to continue their education, Graduate has acquired a connotation of culmination or conclusion. So when introducing Graduate as a tier, be sure there is clear reference to a master figure. Scholar also accomplishes this, while a little weaker in my opinion.