Wild-foraged Mushroom Certification Program

Working in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), MAMI offers a workshop program that, if successfully completed, will qualify you as an expert mushroom identifier who can lawfully broker select wild-foraged Michigan mushrooms.

This program teaches participants about Michigan regulations regarding the sale of wild-foraged mushrooms in Michigan.

Additionally, there are opportunities to:

  • Become familiar species of wild mushrooms allowed to be collected and sold in Michigan
  • Meet with noted mycologists
  • Review mushroom identification

At the end of the workshop, participants take a written exam which, if successfully completed, qualifies them to receive an Expert Mushroom Identifier card issued by MDARD.

Specific details regarding MAMI Workshop schedules and agenda can be found at:

Any new workshops will be announced there as soon as the dates are determined.


Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom Recertification Update

Recertification for the Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom program began on April 16, 2021 and is required for persons whose certificates expired in 2020 or will expire in 2021. There are two ways to recertify:

  • Online
  • In person, at an upcoming workshop (Workshop not included)
Click here for more information on Michigan Wild-foraged Mushroom Recertifications

The cost is $75 per recertification and, as before, is valid for five years.

For your convenience, payment and registration is available on the website.  Participants are required to complete and submit a brief survey; upon receipt of the completed survey, online exam access and instructions will be provided.

We encourage prospective participants to study and review the comprehensive online curriculum materials found on the Midwest American Mycological Information’s website: https://midwestmycology.org/mushroom-study/.

If you have any questions, please email them to mami@midwestmycology.org.

Remember, Michigan requires a person to be an approved mushroom identification expert, certified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; including those whom have have successfully completed a mushroom identification program approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Michigan Wild-foraged MOREL Mushroom Certification Program

Certification in the Michigan Wild-foraged MOREL Mushroom program began on May 27, 2021 and is required for persons who intend on selling only Morels. This Workshop and Exam is completely virtual.

There are currently no scheduled Workshops and exams.

Click here for more information on Michigan Wild-foraged Morel Mushroom Certifications

In order to sell Morels in Michigan, a person must attend the Morel Mushroom Workshop as well as pass a written exam with a score of 80% or higher.  MAMI will send the results to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) who will then issue an official certificate.

Exams are administered and proctored at the end of the 1 hour Workshop.  If attendees do not meet the 80% or higher requirement to pass the exam, the person has two additional attempts to take the exam.  

The cost is $75 per certification and, as with other certifications, is valid for five years.  Anyone certified in the Wild-foraged Morel Mushroom Certification program can attend the complete, 20+ species Wild-foraged Mushroom Certification Program at a discount rate.

Please click here for the Wild-foraged Morel Mushroom Certification curriculum and registration page. 

If you have any questions, please send them to mami@midwestmycology.org


Midwest American Mycological Services does not offer virtual mushroom identification services of any kind so please do not send pictures of mushrooms for identification.

Contact us at mami@midwestmycology.org.

Congratulations to those who have passed the certification.

Click here to see the complete list of current MDARD-certified mushroom identification experts: