A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is effectively a reference number made up of numbers and letters that gives students access to their USI account. From 1st January 2015 all students undergoing or continuing nationally recognised training will need to apply for a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

A USI will allow an individual’s USI account to be linked to the National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Data Collection allowing an individual to see all of their training records, results, certificates and statements of attainment.

Every student requires a USI as it will allow students to have easier and more reliable online access to their training record and training history. It will also enable them to produce a comprehensive transcript of their training, which can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training.

The USI will be is available online and at no cost to the student. This USI will stay with the student for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is completed from when the USI comes into effect on 1 January 2015.

Creating a USI for the first time follow the steps.

To create or view your USI go to http://www.usi.gov.au