Unique Student Identifier (USI) Required For All RTO Students in 2015

Unique Student Identifier (USI) Required For All RTO Students in 2015


From 1 January 2015, any individual undertaking nationally recognised training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Students will be unable to receive a qualification or statement of attainment without first having a USI.

What is Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

The USI is a randomly generated alpha numeric code which will be issued upon application to individuals who undertake nationally recognised training. Once assigned, students will need to use their USI each time they enroll into a nationally recognised training.

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) and subsequent student identifiers Bill 2014 is an Australian Government initiative designed to negate identified industry issues with the collation and record keeping of nationally accredited training for individuals.

What does it mean for me?

Your Unique Student Identifier (USI) will allow you to access and store all nationally accredited training you have completed in a single online source from 1 January 2015, onwards. Your results from 2015 will be available in your USI account in 2016. This will make it easier for training organisations to assess pre-requisites, credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) when accepting students into their courses.

As of 1 January 2015, the verification of USI’s will become a compliance requirement for all RTO’s in Australia. RTO’s will be unable to issue a nationally accredited qualification or statement of attainment to students who do not have an identifier.

How do I get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

  1. Visit the Unique Student Identifier website – usi.gov.au
  2. Select the ‘Create a USI’ link and follow the steps

To prevent delays in enrolment, please ensure each individual has a USI, as this will be a necessary requirement for RTO enrolment processes as of 1st January 2015.

For more information please contact WorkSafe Connect.