The popularity and consumption of mushrooms is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Mushrooms are relatively easy to grow and this course is ideal for commercial mushroom producers and workers, self-sufficiency growers or anyone who is keen to try out a mushroom growing kit at home.
The Certificate of Mushroom Production is a professional development course that will introduce you to the most widely cultivated mushrooms and how to produce them … which will give you a head start on how to produce many other varieties.
In this mushroom production course, you will learn about fungi plant identification, spawn production, the growing media for different edible fungi, how to make compost and the growing methods and techniques for mushrooms. You will also study the ideal growing conditions for mushrooms, the pests, bacteria and diseases that can affect them, and how to harvest, store, use and market them.
On completion of this course, you will have gained valuable insights into what makes funghi so fabulous and learnt the basics of mushroom production— from making compost to harvesting (and devouring!) your own mushrooms.
Unit - Mushroom Production
Unit 1 – Introduction
How Fungi are Named: Review of the system of plant identification
Characteristics of all Fungi
Three Fungi Kingdoms: Zygomycota, Basidiomycota and Ascomycota
Casing; biological process, characteristics of casing material, procedure
Techniques; spawned casing, ruffling, scratching
Review Auricularia and Volvariella
Unit 5 – Growing Conditions for Mushrooms
Fungi Nutrition: carbon, nitrogen, essential elements, vitamins and growth factors
Casing to Harvest of Agaricus
Components of a Built System and Determining Your Needs
Factors Influencing Fungal Growth
Environmental Control, equipment to measure and control the environment
Siting a Growing House
Managing the Growing House or Room, cleanliness, heating, cooling, humidity, etc
Review of Tuber (Truffle) and Tremella
Unit 6 – Pests, Diseases and Growing Mushrooms Outside
Overview of Pests, Diseases and Environmental Disorders
Prevention of Problems
Review of Bacterial and Fungal Diseases and their Control
Review of Insect Pests, Mites, Nematodes and their Control
Safe, Natural Sprays
Summary of Problems found on Agaricus bisporus and other edible fungi covered in this course
Cultivation of Flammulina velutipes and Kuehneromyces mutabilis
Unit 7 – Harvesting, Storing and Using Mushrooms
Harvesting Buttons, Cups and Flats on Agaricus bisporus
Fruiting patterns for Agaricus bisporus and other edible mushrooms
Cool Storage of Mushrooms
Dry Freezing Mushrooms
Harvesting Agaricus; method of picking
Handling Agaricus after harvest
Controlled Atmosphere Storage
Cultivation of Letinus (Shitake), Pholiota, Tricholoma
Unit 8 – Marketing of Mushrooms and Special Assignment
Review of Marketing options for mushrooms
Fresh Mushroom Sales
Processed Mushroom Sales
Production and Marketing of Shitake, Oyster Mushroom and Straw Mushroom
Research and Determination of Marketing Opportunities and Strategies in Your Region
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.