Individual training at the UAMH is available by prior arrangement. Courses are 3 to 4 days and accommodate one to four individuals. These programs provide hands-on training in the areas of identification, cultivation, dealing with contaminated materials, aspects of preservation, etc, and may be of interest to individuals who have job responsibilities in quality control, fermentation, environmental assessment, diagnostic mycology, collection management, etc., or graduate students whose work involves the isolation, use or manipulation of fungi. Depending upon an individual's background and needs, a 3 to 4 day program would include some or all of the following:
- learn basic fungal taxonomy
- learn to identify common and less common environmental molds; prepare for EMPAT certification
- genera covered include (but are not limited to) Stachybotrys, Penicillium, Aspergillus, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Bipolaris, Paecilomyces, Phoma, Scopulariopsis, Trichoderma, dermatophytes and dermatophyte-like fungi, yeast-like fungi, zygomycetes, etc.
- gain expertise in handling and manipulating fungus cultures
- learn techniques for isolating fungi from different substrates
- learn how to recognize contaminated cultures and what to do about them
- learn about health risks of toxic, allergenic and pathogenic fungi
- review procedures for preserving fungi for quality assurance
- learn biosafety aspects and procedures for handling environmental fungi
- $450 per day per person (+GST)
- Course fee must be paid in advance 60 days prior to start date and may be made by credit card or by cheque; for details see method of payment.
- Cancellation fees: Processing fee of $100 if cancellation occurs more than 30 days prior; one day cancellation if 14 days prior, one-half of fee after that.