South African Gourmet Mushroom Academy® Endorsements


The Academy contracted Soft Craft Research (Pty) Ltd, a leading provider of independent research, to conduct a brief and anonymous assessment of the training. As professionals, we were reluctant to share such information as a means to attract business. Although the various course options, books and software are listed, the Academy does not advertise its services. Based on the feedback from their assessment, Soft Craft Research nevertheless convinced us to highlight some key areas of value in the hope that this will enable the making of informed decisions.

“Harvested the first clump of mushrooms today. Thank you for all that you have taught me. Your course is highly recommended for anyone wanting to do mushroom farming”

“I have extensively used cotton hull in my growing and thus would also appreciate your database of cotton suppliers. Since the experience you shared with us at OR Tambo in 2014, my life in growing has never been the same. Once again thank you”

“Will forever be grateful to you, our company is past the teething stage and now running at the commercial level”

“Firstly, I would like to send my thanks for the course and presentation you gave as well as the course material, I have really found it to be excellent. It is motivating and reassuring that your company is the driving force behind the gourmet mushroom industry in SA. It will be remembered as a key turning point for one of my reasons in pursuit of a career in mushroom cultivation”

“Ek is baie trots, dis nie so maklik as wat almal dit laat klink nie, maar sonder jou kursus hulp en raad sou ek dit nooit ooit reggekry het nie”

“Just a brief note to thank you for an incredibly informative and professional course that I attended in East London. Although it was just the entrée level production course, I feel that the content provides one with the necessary tools and information to gain one’s own experience”

“Look at the uniformity, volume and size of our pink oysters! The Academy’s Business Rescue topic put us firmly back on track. Now we just need to optimise the marketing”

“Just a huge thank you for the two inspirational days, I cannot wait to get going”

“We have successfully mastered the entire shiitake mushroom cultivation process without a disease in sight. Also no problem with mushrooms flies as we have put the recommended preventative measures in place”

“It was great to interact with participants from other countries” 

“So much easier to manufacture one’s own spawn. We just followed the protocol you provided”

“I meant to write earlier to thank you once again for the course - I had such a great time and it was so empowering”

“The Mushroom Substrate Design Calculator is a blessing in disguise. The biological efficiency is now much higher than even the best case scenario calculations. I’m using less substrate, saving costs and producing more”

“The Commercial Course was so informative and professionally presented! I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be successful in this industry”

“The Mushroom Cultivation Business and Marketing Secrecies e-book is so comprehensive, I have read it three times now and still discovering aspects of practical use. Especially enjoying the business section and business personality pages”

 “Thank you for an excellent Commercial Course, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Looking forward taking my oyster and shiitake production to the next level”

“Nobody could explain this to me. For the first time ever I know exactly how to cultivate mushrooms commercially. Not even the books, scientific publications or mushroom courses elsewhere could come up with the crucial information”

“I would like to commend you for the way you conduct your classes. I was very apprehensive coming to your course, not knowing exactly what to expect. I know I will still require some guidance but right now I am confident that I am in a much better position than say, a week ago. I shall keep you posted on the developments on my side”

“I feel humbled by the attention received”

“A few professionals taking the world by storm”

“By completing the training prior to setting-up, I have saved money that exceeds the course fee by far, preventing all the unnecessary expenses I had in mind”

“Thanks to the business plan assistance and site visit, a grant exceeding one million rand was approved”

“World class training by world class lecturers”

“We are in business and it is growing. Thank you very much for your patience, teaching and willingness to share knowledge. Much appreciated”

“Thanks to the commercial e-Learning course and guidance, I have managed to harvest the first shiitake mushrooms. Never thought that would be possible via distance education”

“With my mushroom company registered and necessary trade mark protection in place, I can now focus on the technical aspects of the cultivation process” 

“With a willing mind, there is money to be made”

“Not aware of other agricultural industries guaranteeing a harvest, and thus a cash flow, on a daily basis”

“I do something thoroughly when decided on doing it and like to gain as much knowledge as possible. Thus really appreciate the detailed answering of my questions, your quick response, on-going advice and patience”

“Being a professional, I’m hard to please. The outcome nevertheless exceeded all expectations”

“The most practically orientated course I have ever attended”


There is no mechanism within the South African regulatory environment for the registration or accreditation of short learning programmes. Should a provider / institution be offering a course / programme that take less than one year (full time) to complete, then the course will be classified as a Short Course. It is important to note, that a provider / institution not need to be registered or accredited to offer Short Courses. 

The differentiation of above-mentioned short learning programmes is based on:

  • Day seminars where participation / attendance certificates are issued 
  • Personal enrichment courses where learners are not formally assessed
  • Highly customised short courses developed for a particular product / purpose such as mushroom cultivation 

Nevertheless, the Academy sets an international standard by providing a professional service with lecturers who are qualified and legally entitled to pursue this profession. When dealing with training providers, always enquire about formal qualifications of the personnel involved as well as the history of their company.


Degrees obtained from accredited universities*, only highest qualifications listed:

Biological Sciences
PhD Microbiology (Field of Specialisation: Mycology) - University of the Free State
MSc Plant Pathology - Stellenbosch University
MSc - University of Cape Town

Business Administration
MBA - University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

MCom - Stellenbosch University

Certificates obtained from accredited institutes and universities, only highest qualifications listed:

Biological Sciences
Mushroom Cultivation Curriculum - Centrum voor Champignonteelt Onderwijs (CCO), Horst, The Netherlands
Specialty Mushrooms - Centrum voor Champignonteelt Onderwijs (CCO), Horst, The Netherlands
International Course on the Identification of Fungi of Agricultural & Environmental Significance - Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI Biosciences), Egham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

Business Administration
Project Management - University of Stellenbosch Business School

Center for World University Rankings
Africa | Ranking Web of Universities
Africa | Ranking Web of Business Schools
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings
US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings


The South African Gourmet Mushroom Academy® is a registered trademark, in relation to classes 41 and 42.

Class 41 refers to:

  • Education
  • Providing of Training

Class 42 refers to:

  • Scientific and Technological Services and Research and Design relating thereto
  • Industrial Analysis and Research Services
  • Design and Development of Computer Hardware and Software
  • Consultation and Research with respect to Mushrooms
  • Agricultural Services, and Agricultural Research Services