"In order to make Scientology work, it is necessary to hold a standard and this standard must be held very relentlessly. And unless all the actions and all the various techniques applied can be held to a standard of rendition, then Scientology doesn't work; Scientology doesn't work if it's badly done. In other words, the disciplines of Scientology are fully as important as the thoughts or discoveries of Scientology."
An Afternoon at Saint Hill - A tape lecture by Lafayette Ron Hubbard
The home page of the APIS site states, "The Association of Professional Independent Scientologists (APIS) are a professional body of individuals, auditors and groups who believe they should be free to practice the original philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard."
The Workable Philosophy of Lafayette Ron Hubbard is the researched and developed philosophy which APIS accepts as Standard Tech.
Here is a quote from the Technical Dictionary of Scientology Dianetics:
STANDARD TECH, 1. a standardization of processes so that they apply to 100 per cent of the cases to which they are addressed. (Class VIII, No. 19) 2. the accumulation of those exact processes which make a way between humanoid and OT, the exact method of organizing them, the exact method of delivering them, and the exact repair of any errors made on that route. (Class VIII, No. 2) 3. that terribly narrow path which we now call standard tech is composed of those things which, if they are out, inhibit and prohibit all case gain. (Class VIII, No. 1) 4. standard tech is not a process or a series of processes. It is following the rules of processing. (HCOB 26 Feb 70) 5. that tech which has absolutely no arbitraries. (HCOB 23 Aug 68)
This includes standard technology that conforms strictly with the basic philosophy and laws and principles of the technology, including the C/S Series An example being, a specialized rundown that is developed by a C/S to handle a specific case.
Each individual is responsible for their own case and their own integrity. APIS can not monitor or control either. In fact, APIS has no wish to regulate an individual member's activities, nor is it the job of APIS to monitor, control or regulate one's self-determined decisions.
However, when it comes to practicing members, such as those listed on the auditor & group list, as APIS represents standard tech as outlined above, and as the public look to APIS for direction to standard tech practitioners, such members who advertise or otherwise promote their services on the APIS Auditors and Groups list come under the APIS umbrella and should only be delivering standard technology. In this way, the APIS sees that, within itself, the technology is fully preserved, protected and promoted.
I hope this offers some clarity on why we adopt the above policy.
The important issue, and the reason for the APIS originally, is that LRH's tech is preserved, protected and promoted.
*Note: If there is, by any APIS member or on any page of this web site any apparent or real conflict with the definition of standard tech as issued by LRH then standard tech as issued by LRH takes precedence. Any query should be addressed by going to the Technical Query page and addressing it there.
APIS: Association of Professional Independent Scientologists
HCOB: Hubbard Communications Office Bulletin
IFA: international Freezone Association. Inc. The legal name of the association and the name by which it was formerly known.
C/S: Case Supervisor. An individual who is trained to the level where they can direct an auditor or practitioner of the philosophy in the spiritual counseling required to get the preclear (person being counseled) further along the road to increased self awareness.