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From 1st January 2017, the Federal Government requires all students to have a USI number when enrolling in nationally recognised training courses.

What is a USI?

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is 10 character reference number made up of letters and numbers.


Since January 2015, Australians undertaking training accredited in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector have needed a USI. One exemption has been for those students undertaking courses of one day’s duration or less. This applied to the majority of first aid courses delivered throughout Australia.


That exemption  will no longer apply  from 1st January, 2017.


This means St John Ambulance (Qld) is not able to issue your certificate or statement for successfully completing first aid course without obtaining your USI. This is a Federal Government requirement on all Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s).  


For more information visit the Government website:


What does this mean for students in 2017?


For students without a USI

  • Upon enrolment to first aid course please have your USI ready. If you have not already obtained your USI, please go to and follow the prompts. (Important note: Valid ID is required).

For students with a USI

  • For many of our returning students you may have already obtained a USI. This should also be the case if you have recently studied or are actively studying another course in the VET sector.

For employers

  • For employers sending one or more staff to training, we ask you to remind staff to bring it on the day or to obtain their USI before training commences.

​Visit for more information about USI.

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