Any member of the American Rose Society (ARS) may qualify as a Consulting Rosarian by doing the following:
Must be a member, (regular or joint member) of the American Rose Society for three consecutive years.
Must be an active member of a local rose society.
Must have grown roses of various types for at least five years and should be knowledgeable in all equipment and materials related to rose culture.
Must provide letters of recommendation from any three Consulting Rosarians, on the form provided by their District Consulting Rosarian Chairman.
Must attend an ARS school/workshop for Consulting Rosarians and complete an open book examination based on the material contained in the Consulting Rosarian manual. Once you pass the exam, you do not have to take it again.
Must know and be willing to live up to the Consulting Rosarian Guidelines (this book is available from the American Rose Society.
Must be willing to attend no less than one Consulting Rosarian School in every four-year period.
Must submit a completed individual annual report form to the District Chairman of Consulting Rosarians. If no report is submitted in a three-year period the CR will be dropped from the program. A warning letter will be issued after two years of non-compliance.
Must submit a Roses in Review Report to the RIR District Coordinator each year.
Must exhibit a continuing willingness to share knowledge and an enthusiasm for the rose and the American Rose Society.
Qualifications to be a Master Rosarian
The Master Rosarian designation was created to recognize those CRs who have made outstanding contributions as CRs over a significant period of time. The Master Rosarian is a Consulting Rosarian who (1) exemplifies knowledge of roses and their culture, (2) shows a strong and demonstrated willingness to share this knowledge with other rosarians and the general public, (3) provides an example of outstanding service to the local rose society and the ARS, and (4) is a model of the ethical behavior exemplified in the CR program. The achievement of the Master Rosarian designation by a CR is intended to recognize these outstanding volunteers and to motivate other CRs to the same degree of excellence. The basic requirements are a minimum of 10 years as a CR, outstanding performance, being an active CR at the time of nomination, and having a willingness to continue to serve.