Course Details

Course Code



(approx)100 hours


National ID

Become a Mushroom Growing Expert


There are many different types of mushrooms. To understand the culture of one, gives you a head start on understanding others.

With this 100 hour course, you will focus on the most widely cultivated mushroom (ie. Agaricus).


If your interests are wider than this, all is not lost. This course does provide a valuable introduction to a much wider range of mushrooms; and can be used as a starting point for growing any of these as well.


The school has excellent and rare resources relating to growing a wide range of edible fungi; and can help set students on the right course for growing species beyond just Agaricus

Why Choose Us?

From a vast experience running mushroom Kenya, Mushroom University has the following strengths:

Experience Instructors

We have an experienced team of instructors, farm managers, researchers and consultants to help you out

Get Certified

After completing the course, you will be awarded with a certificate to certify you as a trained mushroom professional.

Comprehensive Course

The course is so comprehensive to cover all the mushroom industry and farming phenomena

Video Classes

We have an online classroom app where you can learn from your comfort through videos, network with others on the online class, get assignments, ask and answer questions.

Its Easy to Enroll!

Courses can be started at any time from anywhere in the world!


Our Modules

First Module

Introduction to Mushrooms

How Fungi are Named: Review of the system of plant identification

Characteristics of all Fungi

Three Fungi Kingdoms: Zygomycota, Basidiomycota and Ascomycota Agaricus campestris and Agaricus bisporus

Review of significant edible fungi including; Coprinus fimetaris, Flammulina velutipes, Letinus erodes, Pleurotus, Stropharia, Volvariella,Auricularia auricula

Synonymous Names

Distinguishing edible fungi, Mushroom structure, tell tale characteristics of the genus Agaricus, etc.

History of Mushroom Cultivation

Commonly Cultivated Edible Fungi: Agaricus bisporus, Agaricus bitorquis,Coprinus fimetarius,Flammulina velutipes,Kuehneromyces mutabilis,Lentinus edodes Shiitake,Pholiota nameko,Pleurotus spp “Oyster Mushroom”,Stropharia rugosa annulata,Volvariella volvaceae Edible Straw Mushroom,Auricularia spp,Tremella fuciformis,Tuber spp,Tricholoma matsutake,Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi),Grifola frondosa (Hen of the woods, Maitake)

Resources, information/contacts

Second Module

Mushroom Culture

Options for obtaining Spawn

Steps in Growing Agaricus species: Preparation, spawning, casing, harvest

What to Grow Mushrooms in; growing medium

Growing media for different edible fungi: Agaricus, Auricularia, Copreinus, Flammulina, Letinus, Pleurotus, Volvariella, etc

Understanding Soil and Compost, components and characteristics

Acidity and Alkalinity

Making Compost

Making Mushroom Compost, and mushroom compost formulations

Moisture Level in Compost

Cultivation of Agaricus bitorquis

Cultivation ofCoprinus fimetarius

Third Module

Spawn Production and Spawning

Finding Spawn Supplies

Overview of Spawn and Spawning

Obtaining Smaller Quantities of Spawn

The Process of Spawning

Spawn Production; typical rye grain method

Storing spawn

Problems with Spawn

Using Spawn

Comparing tewmperature conditions for spawning and fruiting in most commonly cultivated edible mushroom species

Cultivation of Pleurotus

Cultivation of Stropharia

Fourth Module

Making and Casing Beds

Growing Methods; Caves, bags, houses, outdoor ridge beds, troughs, etc

Casing; biological process, characteristics of casing material, procedure

Techniques; spawned casing, ruffling, scratching

Review Auricularia and Volvariella

Fifth Module

Growing Conditions for Mushrooms

Fungi Nutrition: carbon, nitrogen, essential elements, vitamins and growth factors

Casing to Harvest of Agaricus

Growing Indoors

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

Sixth Module

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

Weed Moulds

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

Seventh Module

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

Freezing Mushrooms

Dry Freezing Mushrooms

Drying Mushrooms

Canning Mushrooms

Harvesting Agaricus; method of picking

Handling Agaricus after harvest

Controlled Atmosphere Storage

Cultivation of Letinus (Shitake), Pholiota, Tricholoma

Eight Module

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