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Application Process

Why should I apply?

We encourage anyone to apply who has professional aspirations in the Australian horticulture industry, and who is looking to develop a business idea, address a business need, solve a business problem, or simply strengthen their current career in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Do I need any previous education qualifications to be eligible?

No. We have students who have completed high levels of previous education, and we have students who have no previous qualifications. The masterclass focuses instead on professional experience and aptitude, and successful applicants are assessed on this basis.

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete the online application form. You’ll be asked to upload a brief CV and a letter of support from a senior member of the horticulture industry.

When do applications close?

Applications for the mid-year commencement of the 2020 Masterclass close midnight, Sunday June 14, 2020, for a mid-July commencement.

Can I apply for the Masterclass if I’m not an Australian resident?

Because the Masterclass is partly funded as an initiative to grow the Australian horticulture industry, we cannot currently accept an application without an Australian residency.

Course Information

When does the course begin?

The 2020 Masterclass officially commences on July 13th, 2020. The first face-to-face workshop and field trip session is currently due to be held on Friday 17th and Saturday, 16th of July. Please note that these dates and details are to be confirmed.

How long does the course go for?

If you study the course full-time, the Masterclass runs for ten months. This will consist of 8 individual modules, running for 5 weeks each. However, part time enrolment is now being offered. With part-time study, you can complete the Masterclass across 1.5 to 2 years (or across five to eight terms, instead of four).

If I enrol full-time, can I change to part-time later?

Yes. If you find you cannot complete the Masterclass while studying full-time, you can switch study modes to part-time.

How much of the course is online?

Almost all of it! The only components of the course that are not online are the three face-to-face sessions throughout the program (held at the beginning, mid-way, and end of the program).

Do I pay for my own travel costs for face-to-face sessions?

Yes. Travel costs to and from face-to-face sessions, as well as accommodation, are not included in course costs. However, travel from accommodation to field trips, plus food during workshops, is included in the course fee and will be provided at the sessions.

What is the time commitment for the course?

Students are expected to engage with the course between 8-10 hours per week through the online platform.

Will I need to log on at particular times to attend sessions?

The course will be delivered through short engaging video and supporting reading material that will be uploaded weekly. Students can log on at any time to work through the material at their own pace. There will also be live tutorial opportunities and interactive discussion groups.

Are there exams or assignments?

There are assessment tasks throughout the course and a final business plan presentation. Assessment tasks are often linked to your own business or industry circumstances. There are also engagement tasks such as short quizzes (some of which are marked) to help consolidate learning. There are no exams.

What if I’m not sure how to do a proper business plan?

That’s okay - that’s what we’re teaching you!


Will I receive a qualification for completing the Masterclass?

Yes. Masterclass participants will receive an accredited Diploma in Horticultural Business from the University of Tasmania. The diploma is a tailored offering only available to Masterclass participants and meets the Australian Qualifications Framework for education and training set by the Federal Government.

Does the course give credit towards any other qualifications?

Yes. The course gives one year advanced standing into an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at University of Tasmania. As an accredited course, students can also apply for credit into other relevant courses offered by universities.

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business provides graduates with a Diploma of Horticultural Business, which is an AQF (level 5) Diploma.

The Diploma of Horticultural Business is part of the University College’s new two year (AQF level 6) Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

There are also options for accreditation towards a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business) or Bachelor of Business.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information, please contact the Masterclass team at or fill out this enquiry form

Learn more about the Masterclass in this video