This course provides a way for individuals, chefs, restaurant owners, and others to get the training necessary to correctly identify the most common species of edible mushrooms in the State of Indiana. Before The Hoosier Mushroom Society began offering these courses, residents of Indiana did not have a way to comply with the state law requiring all mushrooms that are sold to be "individually inspected by a mushroom identification expert." The Hoosier Mushroom Society has worked with the Indiana State Department of Health and Purdue Extension in order to get the ability to offer certifications that will be accepted by the State of Indiana.
For a typical course, only about half of the participants have an interest in selling mushrooms. The other half take the course purely for educational purposes.
The wild mushroom course is typically 5-6 hours long. The course will cover all of the aspects that are necessary for proper identification for the specific mushrooms the course is about. Each participant will receive a study guide that contains all of the slides, as well as additional information on the topics being presented.
There will be a test at the end of the course to test your knowledge on the topic. There will be the opportunity to retest as needed.
At the end of the course you will receive a wallet card stating that you are a certified expert and what mushrooms you are certified for. Your name will optionally be put into a publicly accessible database of individuals who are certified to sell wild mushrooms in the state.