Auror Training

From the HP Lexicon

Training to be an Auror takes three years after leaving Hogwarts. The Aurors ask for a minimum of five NEWTs, with nothing under Exceeds Expectations grade. Apart from Defence Against the Dark Arts, the recommended NEWTS include Charms, Potions (particularly the study of poisons and antidotes), and Transfiguration (OP29).

If a candidate for Auror training has the required academic qualifications, he or she must pass a background check for a criminal record, and must pass "a stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office." These tests assess skill in practical defence, perseverance and dedication, and the ability to react well to stress (OP29).

Once accepted into the program, an Auror trainee is taught (among other things):

• Concealment and Disguise (OP3)

• Stealth and Tracking (OP3)

The Basics

Duration: 3 years (applications for enrollment are due no later than August 31st; training begins Oct 1st) (EX: Candidate X leaves Hogwarts in June of 1998 with the required NEWT results. He would apply for Auror training no later than August 31, and begin his training in Oct of 1998. He would 'graduate' from Auror Training in Oct of 2001, upon which he would have full Auror credentials) Applicants who miss the august 31 deadline are welcome to submit their applications for the following academic year (example: Candidate Y sends in his application on Sept 1st, and is accepted for training in Oct 1999. It is recommended in this time period that pending trainees take a job at the Ministry to get to know their future colleagues (recommended jobs include personal assistant, forensic lab assistant, and researcher for the Committee on Experimental Charms)

How it works

New candidates can apply as soon as they've received their NEWT results (sometime in the beginning of July), and there is no statue of limitations on how long those results are valid (i.e. Candidate A applies in July just after they've gotten their results, Candidate B applies the next January and Candidate C applies 5 years after their NEWT results)

Application Process

  • Interviews by a panel of Ministry officials: Gawain Robards, Head of the Aurors; Kingsley Shacklebolt, Minister of Magic; and Tiberius Ogden, Head of the Wizengamot)
  • A well-researched essay on a topic chosen by the panel to suit the talents of the applicant
  • A thorough back-ground check on applicant and immediate family members (the Ministry does not discriminate on grounds of family background, the extended check is for informational purposes only)
  • A stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office (which include but are not limited to producing a corporeal Patronus charm, adequate defense without a wand, and the ability to produce a variety of shielding charms to a required strength.)
  • Proof of at least 5 NEWTS with at least a grade of EE
  • 3 letters of recommendation from former professors, and/or colleagues (letters of reference from immediate family members or personal friends are not considered acceptable)

Training: Year 1:

The first year of training is a lot like an 8th year at Hogwarts or other magical school. Classes in advanced DADA, Charms, Potions, Transfiguration are mandatory. Practical sessions are separate from theory, and are taught by experienced Aurors. Further training in 2 or 3 areas is required (Ancient Runes, Magical Creatures, Arithmancy or Divinations). Applicants are expected to produce an independent study of 1 area they'd like to explore further in their 2nd year (examples include Animagus transformation (which is limited to 3 exceptional students per year), experimental defensive charms, muggle police proceedings, etc. You're more than welcome to be creative here! These are just examples!) Beginner training in hand-to-hand combat, as well as weapons training.

Training: Year 2

The second year of training is often considered the most grueling. The drop-out rate the second year is close to 30% of applicants. Practical sessions are dangerous and likely result in injuries. It is expected that Trainees learn to work through minor, and sometimes moderate injuries (including but not limited to concussions, broken fingers/toes and deep lacerations). The Training Aurors do not 'take it easy' on 2nd years, and treat them just like any other Auror on duty. Further study in DADA (with concentration on Deadly Force, Evasive Maneuvering and Undercover Procedures) is required. Applicants will finish their studies in their chosen concentration, and will be up for review in July of their 2nd year. If they are found wanting they are kicked out or made to repeat the whole year. Further training in hand-to-hand combat and weaponry is required.

Training: Year 3:

There are no more 'classes' in the 3rd year. Practical lessons take place in the field under supervision of a fully licensed Auror. Year 3 Trainee Aurors are placed in groups of 4 or 5 (sometimes as many as 6) and placed under the direct supervision of 2 experienced Aurors. These 'teams' are required to complete missions under the direction of their Team Leaders, and often find themselves in danger. They will draw upon their 2 years of training to get out of situations. It is recommended that they continue to practice what they've learned, although there are no more tests until the final month of their training. To be allowed to graduate Year 3 Trainees must prepare a presentation on what they've learned in their 3 years and present it to the Ministry Panel they interviewed with upon first entering training. This panel will make the final decision if the Trainee is qualified to be hired as an Auror. It is not unheard of for a Trainee to be rejected after these 3 years, though it is not common.

First Year Schedule

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