AIS Judges Training (JT)

Judges' Training (JT) classes provide an opportunity for judges and those interested in irises to learn more about them and how to evaluate them based on the guidelines set out by the AIS Handbook for Judges and Show Officials (seventh edition). Training is made available each year at the affiliate, regional and national levels of the American Iris Society (AIS).

Please contact the AIS Region 2 JT Chair, Wendy Roller, if you are interested in becoming a judge or you have questions about the JT program.

Click here for a list of current AIS Region 2 Accredited Judges.


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 INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN AIS JUDGE?
The American Iris Society (AIS) has set forth the minimum criteria for becoming a sanctioned Iris Judge in North America.
The five levels of Judges are:

 A

 Apprentice     

 G/E

 Garden/Exhibition

 M

 Master - 15 uninterrupted years as a Garden/Exhibiton Judge.

 E

 Emeritus - awarded by the AIS Board of Directors.

 OS

 Overseas

 

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CANDIDATE

  1. Ask your Regional JT Chair if you may join the judging program as a candidate.

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME AN APPRENTICE JUDGE

  1. Complete ten (10) hours of Judges' training classes. Training classes consist of lectures, practice judging in the garden and show judging.  Generally these are held at iris conventions, at annual general meetings, or at special weekends set aside for judges training schools. In order to pass each class, an open book test must be written and a passing mark of 70% achieved. Credits are good for three years.
  2. Be a member of the American Iris Society for three years. You can be a candidate judge and not be a member of the AIS, but you cannot move up the ranks.
  3. Have five accredited judges recommend you to move up the ranks. You will get to know different judges during the classes who will are willing to make such recommendations.

The RVP asks you if you want to become an apprentice judge. If you agree, then up you go and then have three (3) years to complete the requirements to become an accredited AIS garden/exhibition judge.

REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME AN ACCREDITED GARDEN/EXHIBITION (G/E) JUDGE

  1. Remain a member of the AIS.
  2. Complete a two hour class for 'Awards and Ballots'.
  3. Complete two two-hour classes of in-garden training under different AIS fully accredited judge-instructors.
  4. Complete two two-hour classes of show judging under two different AIS fully accredited judge-instructors. (Note: If actual show training is less than 2 hours, 2 hours credit will be given.)
  5. Other classroom training may be taken however the above classes are mandatory in order to become a G/E judge.
  6. Complete an activity report for each year. The JT year runs from August to July. Each Apprentice will receive a blank report that they must fill out by July 31st and returned to the JT chair.

REQUIREMENTS TO REMAIN A GARDEN/EXHIBITION JUDGE:

  1. Maintain continuous AIS membership.
  2. Vote the American Iris Society Official Ballot each year before the July 1st deadline.
  3. Attend and successfully complete refresher courses during each three-year period.
    Garden/Exhibition Judges require five hours credit (two of which must be in-garden training).
    Master Judges require three hours credit (one of which must be in-garden training).
    Emeritus Judges maintain their status as Judges by maintaining continuous membership in The American Iris Society.
  4. Complete and return your annual activity report.

It is recommended that the AIS Handbook for Judges and Show Officials (seventh edition) be obtained from the AIS. It is an outstanding publication and available for $15 US plus $9 US S&H. Go to the AIS Storefront

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