Learn to identify native plants in the Top End

Native Plant Identification Online

$200 Online Course

Would you like to learn about local native plants in Darwin? The online course will give you knowledge and information on how to identify plants growing around Darwin. Visit Charles Darwin National Park, walk around and look at the plants. This course can be completed online at your computer, learning materials, videos, tests are provided to you via the online website the system is very user friendly and easy to drive.  Watch video to see how to set up password very easy

Native Plant Identification Online

This course is nationally recognised throughout Australia

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This course will be run on the following dates.


May - July
12 Places Available

About the course

The course is online and you are required to walk around the bush and look at plants and learn the names, great course for people that like getting out.  This course involves heading out in the field to look at local native plants in the top end and record information for plant identification. 

Online Training:

  • Reading materials, slides, videos and websites are provided to students via the online website Recognise Plants Online and you can contact the trainer by email anytime
  • You can do this course in your own time
  • The online course will take about 10 - 12 hours at own pace and you have up to eight (8) weeks to complete the course.
  • You must have access to a bush area that has plants to undertake the practical test
  • Online tests are open book
  • Watch video to see how to set up password very easy

You must have the following skills and computer software & hardware:

  • Read English and have a high school year nine (9) level of reading
  • Computer knowledge, skills and email
  • Smartphone to make video and email to the trainer
  • Internet access
  • PC or laptop
  • Printer

The assessment is a combination of theory and practical:

  • Online tests - true/false, multiple choice
  • Phone call verbal test - random questions
  • Practical test video - you must make a video of your self identifying two (2) plants and filling in the Plant Record Sheet

Cheating Online Tests

If you complete the online tests in less than 1 hour, you will be suspected of cheating, therefore to prove the tests were completed by you, you will have to make a video of yourself doing the online plant name tests.

Practical Test Video

Demonstration of skills will be assessed by the submission of a video.  In the video you must identify two (2) plants and fill in the Plant Record Sheet. The video must identify the student and is texted or emailed to the trainer. Watch the example video below.

What will I learn?

  • Identify Indigenous plants in the NT
  • Acacias, Melaleucas, Eucalyptus, Corymbia, Calytrix
  • Native cherry, ironwood, green plum, sandpaper fig, kurrajong
  • Milkwood, sand palm, billy goat plum, ghost gum, wooly butt
  • Genus species and common name 
  • How to recognise native plants of the top end region
  • Learn basic plant classification
  • Learn botanical terminology
  • Plant species reference book
  • Bush tucker
  • Vegetation types
  • Employees obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act
  • Acacia auriculiformis, Banksia dentata, Brachychiton megaphyllus
  • Buckanania obovata, Calytrix exstipulata, Casuarina equisetifolia
  • Ceriops tagal, Corymbia bella, Cycas armstrongii,
  • Erythrophleum chlorostachys, Eucalyptus miniata,
  • Eucalyptus tetrodonta, Eucalyptus tintinnans
  • Exocarpus latifolius, Ficus aculeata, Grevillea dryandri, Hibiscus tiliaceus
  • Livistona humilis, Melaleuca leucadendra, Pandanus spiralis
  • Planchonia careya, Sorghum intrans, Terminalia ferinandiana

The unit of competency is: AHCPCM204 Recognise plants