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History of the Grade Chart - a) General overview

Go back to chapter ‘The Auditor (1): Auditor Classes through time (May 65 to present)’



 
Go back Auditor Classes  vs  Grade Chart
 (1965-present)
In the tables where ever possible the actual presentation has been followed. For example in 1983 the Class VI Auditor was adjusted to Class VII Auditor, both however were still presenting the HSS (Hubbard Senior Scientologist). They both therefore remain listed in the same column in the tables.
It is to be noted that the NOT's Auditor moves around a bit.

 
Go back How the Auditor Classes present themselves on the Grade Chart through time

That what they presented has been shifted through time. This table gives details when these various Classes presented exactly what on respective Grade Chart.
Especially up till the 1970 charts there are 2 specific aspects to being an auditor. You learn to audit others on certain processes as well as you learn to become a Solo Auditor. Both of these are indicated till the 1970 chart on the Training side. On the 1975 chart the Solo Auditing (R6, Clearing Course, OT Sections) had moved to be listed on the Processing side. It remained common that Solo Auditors were very well trained at least up till so about the early 70's. A so-called PC route had been introduced in 1966. (see chapter following this, “The Auditor (2)”)
Various abbreviations are explained in the addendum following the table.
 
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Charts Auditor Classes
     0   I     II  III IV       V VI* VII VII*            
(May)
1965
  Academy Levels       (Grades 0-IV) R6 Solo (HSS) Power OT for self            
    0 I   II III IV       V VI VII              
26th Sept
1965

1st Dec
1966
  Academy Levels       SHSBC
(lower
grades)
SH R6 Course
(HSS)
Clearing Course
Power & R6
             
  Dn 0 I   II III IV       V VI VII no class            
1st Jan
1968
  Academy Levels       SHSBC
(lower
grades)
SHSBC
R6EW
(HSS)
Clearing Course
Power
(self to OT)            
  Dn 0 I   II III IV       V VI VII no class VIII  no class        
1st Sept
1969

March 1970
StDn Academy Classification       SHSBC
(lower
grades)
SHSBC
R6EW
(HSS)
Power & Review Solo crse
(R6 Ruds, Clearing Course to OT III)
 Standard Tech & Review to OT IV  Solo
(OT V & VI)
       
Jun-Dec
1970
StDn Scn Academy Levels       SHSBC
(Grades 0-IV
all)
SHSBC
R6EW
(HSS)
Power & Power+
(= Grade V-VA)
Solo crse
(R6 Ruds, Clearing Course to OT III)
Standard Tech  Solo
(OT V to VII)
       
  Dn 0 I   II III IV     XDN V VI VII*   VIII     IX   X-XII
Jan
1975
StDn Scn Academy Levels     Expanded
Dn
SHSBC
(chrono)
SHSBC
(HSS)
Grade
V-VA
(moved to be listed on processing side of chart) Standard Tech (moved to be listed on processing side of chart)    Procedures since VIII   L10-12 Rundowns
  Dn 0 I   II III IV   NOTs XDN V VI VII   VIII     IX NOTs X-XII
(Dec)
1978
NED Scn Academy Levels   NED for OT's  Expanded
Dn
SHSBC
(chrono)
SHSBC
(HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech     Procedures since VIII   L10-12 Rundowns
[Dec]
1980
NED Scn Academy Levels     Expanded
Dn
(Class V dropped, HVA incorporated in HSS) SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech     Procedures since VIII NED for OT's  L10-12 Rundowns
    0 I HRD II III IV Dn IV NOTs     VI VII   VIII   Solo CS IX   X-XII
Jan
1982

(Mar)
1982
  Scn Academy Levels
(0-IV)
NED NED for OT's   
(dropped from chart, reappears in 1991)
  SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech   CSing of Solo  Advanced procedures and special rundowns   L10-12 Rundowns
    0 I * II III IV New V        New VI    New VII     VIII       New IX X-XII
(Nov)
1983

[mid]
1984
  Scn Academy Levels NED     Repairs/
remedies
SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
 
(as it appears this was dropped)
  Standard Tech    
(dropped again from being listed)
 
(original Class IX dropped)
New OT V
(=NED for OT's)
L10-12 Rundowns
     0 I   II III IV V      IV Grad* VI VII   VIII       IX X-XII
(Dec)
1985

1988
  Scn Academy Levels NED     Repairs/
remedies 
SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech       New OT V L10-12 Rundowns
1990   Scn Academy Levels NED     (dropped from chart) SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech       New OT V L10-12 Rundowns
    0 I   II III IV  V   VA Grad   VI VII   VIII       IX X-XII
1991   Scn Academy Levels NED   XDN   SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech       New OT V L10-12 Rundowns
1995

today
  Scn Academy Levels NED   XDN   SHSBC
(chrono-HSS)
Grade
V-VA
  Standard Tech       New OT V & Review till New OT VII L10-12 Rundowns
 
*  Class VI in May 1965 was at the level of Clear, at this time there was no Clearing Course (Grade VII) yet. It was later found that Clear was on a higher level. Class VII on this chart was referred to as O.T. Processes for Self.
*  Grade V-VA may still be indicated as Power & Power+ on the chart itself from here on out.
*  HRD moved to ‘Routes onto the Bridge’, this is placed directly under the Bridge itself.
*  This is listed on the previous chart as New Class VI Auditor.

      Addenda:      
  chrono = refers to material of Scientology studied in chronological sequence  
  CS = Case Supervisor  
  Dn = Dianetics  
  Grad = Graduate  
  HRD = Happiness Rundown  
  HSS = Hubbard Senior Scientologist, full SHSBC completion  
  Scn = Scientology  
  NED = New Era Dianetics  
  NOT's = NED for OT's  
  Power (processes) = Grade V-VA  
  R6 or R6EW = Grade VI  
  Ruds = Rudiments  
  SH = Saint Hill  
  SHSBC = Saint Hill Special Briefing Course  
  Solo = person that acts as his own auditor  
  StDn = Standard Dianetics  
  XDN = Expanded Dianetics  

 
Go back Auditor prerequisites compared

Rather interestingly the 1st January 1968 Grade Chart makes mention at the level of ‘OT’ as a prerequisite: “Clear, By invitation only, Good record as Scientologist”.

This is a detailed list (table) which displays Auditors prerequisites (training side of chart) and adequately compares them with the various presentations on the various charts that have been issued through time. Be it noted that it only lists the main Auditor Classes.

The abbreviations of these main Auditor Classes are listed here below:
    HRS, Hubbard Recognized Scientologist. A Class 0 auditor.
HTS, Hubbard Trained Scientologist. A Class I auditor.
HCA, Hubbard Certified Auditor. A Class II auditor.
HPA, Hubbard Professional Auditor. A Class III auditor.
HAA, Hubbard Advanced Auditor. A Class IV auditor.
HVA, Hubbard Validated Auditor. A Class V auditor.
HSS, Hubbard Senior Scientologist. A Class VI auditor.
HGA, Hubbard Graduate Auditor. A Class VII auditor.
HSTS, Hubbard Standard Technical Specialist. A Class VIII auditor.
   (since 1990 chart: HSST, Hubbard Specialist of Standard Tech)
HATS, Hubbard Advanced Technical Specialist. A Class IX auditor.
Be it noted that some of the numbering of the Classes moved around a bit through the years. At this time the Class V Auditor & Class IX Auditor represent something different.

A few interesting observations can be made from this table:
(1)  One is the moving around of the NOT's Auditor. First placed directly following the Class IV Auditor (Dec 78), then placed following the Class IX Auditor (Dec 80), back to following the Class IV Auditor & NED Auditor (as Class IV NOT's Auditor) (Jan-Mar 82), to finally become the New Class IX Auditor (Nov 83), where it is still at today. This al lead to that the designation of the Class IX Auditor has become a misnomer, because he was not required to have done for example the Class VI course (SHSBC) or the Class VIII course. He does not even has to be trained as a Dianetics Auditor.
(2)  A second observation is that as it appears the Dianetic Auditor is put more and more out of reach. On the early charts you could start on it right away. Later it is moved to be placed after Class IV on the chart (Jan 82), then this Class IV is put as a prerequisite (since Nov 83). Other prerequisites are added as time passes such as Student Hat (Dec 78), Pro TR's course (Dec 80-Nov 83), Method One Word Clearing (Nov 83), Pro Upper Indoc course (1991), and finally the E-Metering course (1995). Thus today it comes to first doing these 5 last named courses and then Class 0, I, II, III & IV. That's a total of 10 courses before you even start on the actual Dianetics course! (of course I do not refer here to ordinary Book One auditing without use of the E-Meter)
This all in spite of:
        
“The first requisite of any auditor trainee is to find and run secondaries and engrams on a preclear, preferably a fellow student, and to have secondaries and engrams run on self.
        
 
Due to the fantastic speed of results today it is not possible for a student to get enough auditing experience using the standard tech of 0 to VI. ...
 
 
No auditor will ever be worth very much unless he has come in the right way – through Dianetics. The concept of physical and mental difficulty stemming from a mental image picture was a great discovery and the technology of erasing such pictures as developed must not be lost on our trained Scientologists.”          LRH
(from HCOB 3 Apr 66 “Dianetic Auditing Course”, also printed in ‘Ability 183’, [ca May-Jun 66] “A New Dianetic Auditing Course”)
 
It was only on the September 1969 chart that the Dianetics course was listed as an actual prerequisite to the Class 0 course. Although the message given by L. Ron Hubbard should remain clear enough. Then considering that suddenly the December 1980 chart listed in its prerequisites for Class 0: “Preferably NED Auditor”, then the message was not entirely lost. Anyway since then then things definitely have turned around. Not to mention that only an adjusted version of the original Dianetics is in use today as New Era Dianetics (NED)

(3)  A third observation is that the 1983 chart introduced excessive listing of prerequisites. It is first at this chart that we suddenly see listed Professional TR's and Method One Word Clearing at each Class. It is in fact rather silly to list such a prerequisite at Class XII! Obviously when Class 0 has these prerequisites there is no need to list it at any Class above it as Class 0 itself is already a prerequisite to these. This excessive listing is dropped again since the 1991 chart.
 
Various further abbreviations are explained in addendum following the table.
 
 
Charts Prerequisites to the various Auditor Classes
             Dn 0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
      V
HVA
VI
HSS
VII
HGA
                         
 
 
(May)
1965
  None Prov. Class 0 Prov. Class I Prov. Class II Prov. Class III       Summary classification all lower classes
Class III
Class V Prov. Class VI                
 No column for prerequisites for Auditors found on charts issued 26th Sept 1965, [Jul/Aug] 1966 & 1st Dec 1966
1st Jan
1968
None None Class 0 Class I Class II Class III       Class III or Clear Class III or Clear Grade VI release
               
Prov. Class VI
  Dn
(StDn)
0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
      V
HVA
VI
HSS
VII
HGA
Solo
(crse)
VIII
       
 
 
1st Sept
1969
None HDC Class 0 Class I Class II Class III       Class III Class III Prov. Class VI HDG Class VI
OT III
           
March 1970 None None Class 0 Class I Class II Class III       Class III or Clear
HDC
Class III or Clear
HDC
Prov. Class VI HDG Class VI
OT III
           
Jun
1970
None None Class 0 Class I Class II Class III       HDC–but
Class IV is achieved on SHSBC before starting level V
HDC–but
Class V is achieved on SHSBC before starting level VI
Prov. Class VI Grade VA release HDC
Class VI
OT II on OT III
           
Dec
1970
None None Class 0 Class I Class II Class III       HDC–but
Class IV is achieved on SHSBC before starting level V
None Prov. Class VI Grade VA release HDG
Class VI
OT II on OT III
           
  Dn
(StDn)
0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
    XDN V
HVA
VI
HSS
VII
HGA
  VIII
HSTS
  IX
HATS
  X
XI
XII
Jan
1975
BSM BSM M1WC Class 0 Class I Class II Class III     HDC
Prov. Class IV
Clear
HSDC or Class IV HSDC
BSM
M1WC
Clear
HSDC or Class IV HSDC
BSM
M1WC
Prov. Class VI
SO or 5 year contracted org staff
(moved to be listed on processing side of chart) HSDC
Prov. Class VI
OT II on OT III
  Prov. Class VIII   Prov. Class IX
SO only
Class X Internship
SO only
Class XI Internship
  Dn
(NED)
0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
  NOTs*
HACS
XDN V
HVA
VI
HSS
VII
HGA
  VIII
HSTS
  IX
HATS
NOTs*
ACS
X
XI
XII
(Dec)
1978
SH SH Prov. Class 0 Prov. Class I Prov. Class II Prov. HNEDA
Prov. Class III
  Class IV
OT III
Validated HNEDA
Prov. Class IV Graduate & Internship
Clear, HNEDA or Class IV, HNEDA Class V Class VI Internship
Clear
SO or 5 year contracted org staff
  Prov. HNEDA
Class VI
  Class VIII   Class IX
SO only
Class X Class XI
[Dec]
1980
SH SH (preferably NED Auditor)
Pro TRs
Class 0 Class I Class II Class III
NED course
   
(moved to be listed following Class VIII)
NED Auditor
Class IV
 
(Class V dropped, HVA incorporated in HSS)
SH or PRD
NED crse
NED Internship
Class IV
ST, NED and Class VI Internship.
Clear or on Clearing crse
SO or 5 year contracted org staff
  M1WC, SH, Class VI, NED crse, TRs crse
(for students on confid. Class VIII crse must be OT III or above)
  Class VIII Permanent Class IV, OT III
SO only
Class IX Class X Internship
SO only
Class XI Internship
SO only
    0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
Dn
(NED)
IV NOTs
ACS
    VI
HSS
VII
HGA
  VIII
HSTS
Solo CS IX
HATS
  X
XI
XII
Jan
1982

(Mar)
1982
 
(moved to be listed following Class IV)
BSM or SH
Any TRs crse
Class 0 Class I Class II Class III SH Permanent Class IV, OT III  
(dropped from chart, reappears in 1991)
  Class IV or Clear or OT III Permanent Class VI Clear or on the CC. SO or 5 year contracted org staff   Class VI Class VIII OT III or above Class VIII   Class IX Class X Internship Class XI Internship
    0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
New V
(Dn)
HNEDA
    New VI*
HSA
New VII
HSS
    VIII
HSTS
    New IX
(NOTs)
HACS
X
XI
XII
(Nov)
1983

[mid]
1984
  SH
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class 0
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class I
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class II
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class III
Pro TRs
M1WC
SH
Class IV
Pro TRs
M1WC
 
(moved to be listed under New Class IX)
  Prov. Class IV
HNEDA (New Class V)
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class IV or Clear or OT III
Pro TRs
M1WC
 
(as it appears this was dropped)
  Permanent New Class VII
HNEDA
Pro TRs
M1WC
 
(Solo CS dropped again from being listed)
 
(original Class IX dropped)
Permanent Class IV
OT III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Permanent Class VIII
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Class X
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Class XI
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
    0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
V
(Dn)
HNEDA
    IV Grad*
(HCIVGA)
VI
HSS
VII
HGA
  VIII
HSTS
    IX
(NOTs)
HACS
X
XI
XII
(Dec)
1985

1988
  SH
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class 0
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class I
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class II
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class IV
Pro TRs
M1WC
    Prov. Class IV
Assessment Drills crse
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class IV or Clear or OT III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Permanent Class VI
Clear
Pro TRs
M1WC
SO or 5 year contracted staff
  Permanent Class VI
OT III
HNEDA
Pro TRs
M1WC
    Permanent Class IV
OT III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Permanent Class VIII
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Class X
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Class XI
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
    0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
V
(Dn)
HNEDA
    IV Grad*
(HCIVGA)
VI
HSS
VII
HGA
  VIII
HSST
    IX
(NOTs)
HACS
X
XI
XII
1990   SH
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class 0
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class I
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class II
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Class IV
Pro TRs
M1WC
     
(dropped from chart)
Class IV or Clear or OT III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Validated Class VI
Clear
Pro TRs
M1WC
SO or 5 year contracted staff
  Validated Class VI
OT III
HNEDA
Pro TRs
M1WC
    Validated Class V Graduate
New OT IV
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Validated Class VIII
OT III
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Class X
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
Class XI
Pro TRs
M1WC
Contracted SO
    0
HRS
I
HTS
II
HCA
III
HPA
IV
HAA
V
(Dn)
HNEDA
  VA Grad
(XDN)
  VI
HSS
VII
HGA
  VIII
HSST
    IX
(NOTs)
HACS
X
XI
XII
1991   SH
Pro TRs
Pro Upper Indoc
M1WC
Class 0 Class I Class II Class III Class IV   Prov. Class V Graduate
PTS/SP Auditor
Prov. Pro WCer
  Class V or Clear or OT
Pro TRs
Pro Upper Indoc
M1WC
Validated Class VI
Clear
SO or 5 year contracted staff
  Validated Class VI
OT III
    Validated Class VIII
New OT IV
Contracted SO
Validated Class VIII
OT III
Contracted SO
Class X
Contracted SO
Class XI
Contracted SO
1995

today
  SH
Pro TRs
Pro Upper Indoc
M1WC
Pro Meter crse
Class 0 Class I Class II Class III Class IV   Prov. Class V Graduate
PTS/SP Auditor
Prov. Pro WCer
  Class V or Clear or OT
Pro TRs
Pro Upper Indoc
M1WC
SH
Pro Meter crse
Validated Class VI
Clear
SO or 5 year contracted staff
  Validated Class VI
OT III
    Validated Class V Graduate
New OT IV
Advanced Courses Review Auditor or Validated Class VIII
Contracted SO
Validated Class VIII
OT III
Contracted SO
Class X
Contracted SO
Class XI
Contracted SO
 
*  HACS (NOT's)= Hubbard Advanced Courses Specialist, on the 1980-82 charts listed as ACS, since the 1983 charts till today again listed as HACS.
*  HSA (New Class VI) = Hubbard Specialist Auditor (Repairs and Remedies of Cases). This appears first on 1983 chart. Already abandoned since 1985 chart. It is noted that there is some resemblance between this HSA and the original Class V (HVA). For this reason I let them both appear in the same column.
*  The HCIVGA = Hubbard Class IV Graduate Auditor (Scientology Repairs and Case Remedies) may appear to be the very same as the at the previous chart listed HSA (Hubbard Specialist Auditor)

      Addenda:      
  BSM = Basic Study Manual  
  CC = Clearing Course  
  Grad = Graduate  
  HDC = Hubbard Dianetics Counselor (Hubbard Standard Dianetics Course (HSDC) completion)  
  HDG = Hubbard Dianetic Graduate (may teach the HSDC)  
  HNEDA = Hubbard New Era Dianetics Auditor  
  HSDC = Hubbard Standard Dianetic Course  
  M1WC = Methode One Word Clearing  
  NED = New Era Dianetics  
  PRD = Primary Rundown  
  Pro TR's = Pro(fessional) Training Routines course (TR's 0-IV)  
  Pro Upper Indoc = Pro(fessional) Upper Indoc(trination) TR Course (TR's VI-IX)  
  Pro WCer = Pro(fessional) Word Clearer  
  SH = Student Hat  
  SO = Sea Org  
  StDn = Standard Dianetics  
 

Vocabulary:

     Book One (or Book I):
Refers to ‘Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health’ that functions as ‘A Handbook of Dianetic Therapy’. It was first published in 1950.
     Expanded Dianetics (Ex Dn, XDN):
(1) “its results are freedom from cruel impulses and chronic unwanted conditions and ability to act in an optimum manner without restraint.”;  (2) about the course: “Trains a person to understand and handle irrational behavior in others and chronic unwanted conditions.” (What Is Scientology? (1978), p 10 & 12)
     Method One Word Clearing:
1. by meter in session. A full assessment of many, many subjects is done. The auditor then takes each reading subject and clears the chain back to earlier words and or words in earlier subjects until he gets an F/N*. 2. assess, take the reading items from the best read on down and with E/S (earlier similar) pull each one to F/N. Get each word you find to F/N. There can be many F/Ns per subject. End off with a win on the subject. 3.the action taken to clean up all misunderstoods in every subject one has studied. It is done by a word clearing auditor. The result of a properly done Method One word clearing is the recovery of one's education. Abbr. M1.
     Saint Hill Special Briefing Course (SHSBC):
This was a course delivered by L. Ron Hubbard at Saint Hill, England during 1961-66 and comprises of 447 lectures. Its result is a very adept auditor and thorough know-how of Scientology itself. The materials are studied in chronological sequence so as to fully understand the development of the technology. This will make you a Class VI Auditor.
     XDN or Ex Dn:
Short for ‘Expanded Dianetics’.  See at that entry in vocabulary.


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