Every year almost four million Australians build and sharpen their skills by undertaking nationally recognised training. All students doing nationally recognised training need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This includes students doing Vocational Education Training (VET) when they are still at school (VET for secondary students).
What is a USI?
The Unique Student Identifier or USI is a reference number made up of 10 numbers and letters that:
- creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, even from different training organisations
- will give you access to your training records and transcripts (available in late 2016)
- can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
- is free and easy to create and
- stays with you for life
Who needs a USI and why?
If you are a new or continuing student undertaking nationally recognised training, you need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment. If you don't have a USI you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment.
Your USI will give you access to an online record of the training you have done since 1 January 2015. You will also be able to produce a comprehensive transcript of your training. This can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training.
If you are an international student studying offshore and do not intend on coming to Australia to do your study you do not need a USI. However, if you are an Australian expat or resident and have an Australian ID, you need a USI even if you do the VET course while outside Australia.
If you are an International student who will be studying in Australia you will require a USI. You will only be able to create a USI using once you have arrived in Australia.
Do I need a USI if I'm only doing part of a course?
Yes, even if you enrol with a training organisation just to complete part of a course, a module or a single unit you will still require a USI.
Can my training provider create a USI for me?
Yes, as long as they have your permission, your training provider may create a USI for you.
Will my USI appear on my training certificate?
No, under legislation your USI must not be printed on your qualification or statement of attainment.
Can my USI be used by my training provider as student number or identifier?
No, your USI cannot be used by your training provider as an identifier for you.