Mushroom Cultivation for City Farmers (Classroom Learning)

Offered by School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Short Course / 3 days / TGS-2021003123

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Mushrooms have high nutritional and medicinal values. Mushroom business is inexpensive and large quantity of mushrooms can be produced in a small space.

This 3-day mushroom cultivation course introduces on how to grow edible mushrooms at home, and on a commercial scale.

You will learn about culture maintenance, substrate preparation, application of IoT for monitoring & maintenance, pest & disease management, and the business aspect of setting and running a mushroom farm, marketing opportunities and business strategies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Varieties of edible mushrooms and their nutritional/medicinal values
  • Cultivation & growth requirements and pest management
  • The process of growing mushrooms, from spores to harvesting
  • Application IoT technologies in monitoring and maintenance of mushroom
  • Insider’s tips on running a mushroom business


Course Date: 26 Oct – 28 Oct 2023
Application Period: 27 Aug – 1 Oct 2023
Duration: 3 days
Time: 9am to 6pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

This course may be conducted online subject to Covid-19 guidelines.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Day 1

  • Introduction to fungi, edible and non-edible
  • Nutritional and health benefits
  • Sterile technique and culture maintenance
  • Hands on activity at tissue culture lab


Day 2

  • Preparation of substrate
  • Pasteurizing bags and inoculation methods
  • Incubation
  • Maintenance and monitoring
  • Harvesting & packaging
  • Hands on activity on harvesting technique


Day 3

  • Overview of mushroom business – regional and global
  • Resources needed for small scale production
  • Business strategies / model
  • Markets & chains, consumer behavior and trend
  • Assessment
  • Course debrief and survey

Trainer's Profile

Seahmala Muniandy

Seahmala Muniandy is a lecturer at School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She has a Specialist Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology and a degree in Horticultural Science. She has more than 7 years of experience in teaching and 15 years of working experience in landscaping and horticulture maintenance. Seahmala is also a certified practicing Horticulturist (CPH) and holds a WDA Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). She also has skill sets in turf management gained through working on a golf course.

Leong William

Leong William is a Mushroom Grower in Singapore and Thailand. He holds a DEEP MUSHROOMS CULTIVATION CERTIFICATE and a MEDICINAL MUSHROOM CULTIVATION CERTIFICATE. With his deeply in “LOVE” and passion for mushrooms, he quickly developed his knowledge of mushrooms cultivation over a short period of time, especially on edible and medicinal mushrooms. He currently owns a 17,000 sqft of a commercially-grown mushroom farm at Phuket.


For courses with assessment, a Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who meet the 75% attendance requirement and pass all required assessment(s). A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who meet the 75% attendance requirement but did not pass all required assessment(s).

Entry Requirements


Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 12 Mar 2021 to 30 Sep 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Enhanced training support for SMEs
For enhanced training support for SMEs, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) holders, please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.


(Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 8% GST and subject to review.)

Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 8% with effect from 1 Jan 2023, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2023.

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Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full course fee$907.20
Singaporeans aged below 40 qualified for SkillsFuture Funding$269.64
Singaporeans aged 40 & above qualified for SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy$101.64
Singaporeans qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs$101.64
Singapore Permanent Residents & **LTVP+ qualified for SkillsFuture Funding $272.16
Singapore Permanent Residents & ##LTVP+ qualified for Enhanced Training Support for SMEs $104.16
Others (and Repeat Students)$907.20