Student & Probationary Judges Lounge
This section of the web site will contain a description of
progressive learning schedule that the student and
probationary judges are expected to develop as they make their
way though the accreditation process.  The Students and
Probationary Judges progress will be formally evaluated on a
bi-annual schedule in the scheduled business meetings.  
Participants should keep in mind that being an Accredited judge
is a continuing learning process and being a Student or
Probationary Judge is simply the beginning of a life time
commitment to keeping up to date with current judging
standards and skills.  Evaluations are simply a means to let the
student know what areas they may be strong in as well as areas
that may need to be strengthened.  
Please refer back to these pages as you proceed through the
judging program and re-evaluate yourself as to where you
should be according to the different 'Phases' in becoming an
Accredited Judge.

National Capital Judging Center Expectations

a)        Students must follow the AOS Rules of Ethics for Judges (see Appendix).

b)        Student may have two unexcused absences at Regional Judging at the Center per
calendar year.

c)        Student must attend at least 4 judging at a Regional Orchid Show.

d)        Students must attend at least one out-of region judging events per calendar year.

e)        Student must attend at least 12 hours of approved orchid judges training per year.

f)        Student must turn in all written assignments on time, or have an approved excuse.

g)        Student must present at least one "slide" presentation at the Regional Center on a
topic assigned by the Training Coordinator per calendar year.

h)        Student will have two mentors, one of which may be selected by the student contingent
upon Center approval.

i)        Students must contribute to the design and installation of an exhibit at an orchid show
at least once per calendar year.

j)        Student will be formally evaluated by all accredited judges twice per year. The student's
mentors will give the student a written summary of that evaluation and discuss the evaluation.
The evaluation and resulting discussion will be signed by the student and mentors.   

1st Phase of Training Program

a)        Mechanics of National Capitol Judging Center

b)        "Rules & Regulations" within the Handbook

c)        Judging etiquette

d)        Criteria for Award Judging (types of awards, score sheet, AQ Plus, etc.)

e)        Criteria for Display Judging (types of awards, score sheet, etc.)

f)        Award descriptions (AQ Plus Stylebook, botanical terms, etc.)

g)        Overview of major orchid genera and current nomenclature

h)        Rules of orchid hybridization and registration

2nd Phase of Training Program

a)        In depth knowledge of species & hybrids:
•        Cattleya type
•        Phalaenopsis type
•        Paphiopedilum type
•        Oncidium/Ondontoglossum type
•        Pleurothallids type
•        Dendrobium type
•        Vanda type
•        Miltonia type
•        Lycaste type
•        Cymbidium type

3rd Phase of Training Program

a)        Genetics

b)        Plant pathology (pest & diseases)

c)        Plant physiology (propagation, flower color, etc.)

d)        Taxonomy/Classification
A Students Learning Progression