Student & Probationary Judges Lounge
KNOWLEDGE NEEDED PRIOR TO BECOMING A STUDENT JUDGE

1.        Preliminary knowledge of major genera :important species, hybrids and awards
a.        Cattleya
b.        Phalaenopsis
c.        Paphiopedilum
d.        Oncidium/Odontoglossum
e.        Dendrobium
f.        Cymbdium
g.        Vanda

2.        Knowledge of the “Rules & Regulations” in the Handbook
3.        Some knowledge of the criteria for Award Judging
4.        Some knowledge of the criteria for Display Judging
5.        Understanding of the time and money commitment
a.        Be a member of the American Orchid Society (preferably for several years)
b.        Subscribe to AQ Plus
c.        Print and read the Handbook on Judging and Exhibition (available in AQ Plus and on
the AOS website


AFTER BECOMING A STUDENT JUDGE – 3-year program
1.        Study each major genus: important species, hybrids and award standards
a.        Cattleya
b.        Phalaenopsis
c.        Paphiopedilum
d.        Oncidium/Odontoglossum
e.        Dendrobium
f.        Vanda
g.        Miltonia
h.        Cymbidium
i.        Pleurothallids
j.        Lycastes

2.        Become proficient in the mechanics of National Capitol Judging Center
3.        Follow Judging etiquette
4.        Follow the “Rules & Regulations” in the Handbook
5.        Write papers/give talks/comment at judging as requested:
a.        When knowledge is insufficient, study the genus/species prior to next judging event
6.        Participate in monthly judgings in Washington, shows in area of jurisdiction (as many as
possible), attend shows in other areas
7.        Participate in design and installation of exhibits
8.        Practice writing Award descriptions, working with a certified judge to increase
proficiency
9.        Begin to learn the rules of orchid hybridization and registration
10.        Begin to learn the following: (You will learn these in more depth as a Probationary
Judge)
a.        Genetics
b.        Plant pathology (pests & diseases)
c.        Plant physiology (propagation, flower color, etc.)
d.        Taxonomy/Classification

AFTER BEING PROMOTED TO PROBATIONARY JUDGE

See above: continue study in more depth of major genera. Choose several genera in which to
specialize and work on them to become more of an authority on them.
Continue to share your newly acquired knowledge with the rest of the judges through written
papers and talks as required.
READ THE ESSAY ON BECOMING A
STUDENT JUDGE
If this describes you, then you
should continue.
Student Development