Horticultural Business Masterclass

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Supported by the Hort Frontiers Leadership Fund, the University of Tasmania is opening applications for the 2019 Masterclass in Horticultural Business in partnership with Lincoln University and Wageningen Research Academy. Offered online with three face-to-face intensive workshops, the supervised consultancy course is all about practical management and industry skills that can be applied to businesses from day one (including delivering a useable business plan). In addition, as part of the program each year there are industry-supported scholarships worth $10,000 available.

The course will focus on developing participants’ employability skills by exposing them to real-world industry case studies. It consists of eight 5-week modules, and a ‘Portfolio and Practice’ component is integrated into each module. Learn more about the course structure here.

The apple and Pear industry scholarships are open to all apple and/or pear growers who pay an industry levy/are employed by a levy paying business. Applicants must demonstrate the benefit their participation in the course will make to the future of the Australian apple and pear industry. There is one scholarship available for each state.


The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is recommended for people working in the horticulture industry who meet the following criteria:

  • You have experience in the sector and want to take your career to the next level.
  • You recognise the urgency for change and growth in the sector and want to contribute to this by developing your own knowledge and practical skills.
  • You want practical knowledge that will help you further develop your business or the horticulture industry.
  • You are willing to reflect critically on your own company and/or on sector developments.


Next year’s course begins February 2019. Content is delivered online, and there are three face-to-face intensive workshops to attend. The course lasts for 10 months (8 modules, each 5 weeks long).

Find out how to apply here.

To learn more about if it’s right for you, click here.

For frequently asked questions, go here.

In addition, have a look at what this year’s participants have been up to and read about APAL’s coverage of the program earlier this year.

For general inquiries, email hort.bus@utas.edu.au


By |August 2nd, 2018|Scholarships, Training and workshops|

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APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.