What is a USI?
A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of 10 digits which could be numbers and letters that give you access to your own training records. You will have one USI number for your lifetime. You can create and manage your USI details at http://www.usi.gov.au.
Part 5 of the Student Identifiers Act 2014 states that Registered Training Organisations must not issue certificates if a USI number is not provided by the student.
Why do I need a USI?
The USI scheme has been developed to assist all students attending Nationally Recognised Training to have the ability to access their training achievements in one location. This will save you from having to carry a portfolio of certificates around with you in the future as from the 1 January 2015 any Qualifications or Units of Competency you achieve will be available when you login from the 1 January 2016. You will be able to access transcripts and provide them to prospective employers or to training organisations to recognise the achievements you hold.
Who do I need to give my USI number to?
The USI number you receive is unique to you. The only time you should need to provide it, is when you attend training at any Training Organisation so they can record your achievements against your USI to appear on your transcripts.
Where can I get a USI?
You can apply in minutes online at http://www.usi.gov.au; alternatively you can contact your Training Organisation who can apply on your behalf if you provide them with permission.
What details do I need to be able to apply for a USI number?
You will need to provide the following details when completing a USI application: name, gender, date of birth, where you were born, country in which you are studying, contact details (phone, email or mailing address), one form of ID.
You need to make sure that the personal details you provide match the details on your form of ID.
Is getting a USI number compulsory?
Yes, if you are enrolling in or completing a course that is Nationally Recognised you must provide the Training Organisation your USI number to receive a certificate. If you do not have a USI number the Training Organisation can assist you in obtaining one.
How long does it take to apply for USI number online?
By accessing the website http://www.usi.gov.au, if you have a form of ID and provide personal details that match your ID it will take you no time at all to receive your USI number on the screen. If you provide your email address as your contact details, you will receive an email confirming your USI number for future reference.
FMA can apply on your behalf, simply complete our Privacy Consent Form and return to FMA prior to course commencement.