Machine credentials are used for system to system web services and are installed on the server hosting a training organisation’s system. A Machine credential identifies a business rather than a person. This means users of a USI web service enabled Student Management Systems (SMSs) do not need their own individual credential.
Machine credentials are used in two environments, Third Party Testing (3PT) and production.
The Office of the Student Identifiers Registrar provides credentials for the Third Party Testing.
Production credentials are supplied to an organisation by the credential issuing authority.