If you're studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015, you will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcript) that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results from 2015 will be available in your USI account in 2016.

When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results (transcript). One of the main benefits of the USI is the ability to provide students with easy access to their training records and results (transcript) throughout their life.

You can access your USI account online from your computer, tablet or smart phone anytime.

How to get a USI

It's free and easy to create your own USI and will only take a few minutes of your time.

Please be aware that if you do not have a USI on completion of your qualification, you will not receive an award and/or transcript.

Echo RTO provides Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and recognises prior qualifications attained.

RPL is an assessment process that assesses an individual’s formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning/competency outcomes of a VET qualification. More specifically, recognition of prior learning takes into account a range of prior experiences, skills and knowledge that has been gained through formal and informal education as well as employer-based training/development and relevant life experience.

RPL can be requested for a single unit of competency or several units.

How to Apply for RPL

Team members receive information about RPL during induction. This information will also be available through Echo RTO’s learning management system.

If a team member wishes to gain RPL, they are directed to contact the RTO Coordinator on 02 9657 7523 or echorto@echoent.com.au or speak with your Echo RTO Assessor to discuss the RPL process.

If RPL is appropriate, the team member will be advised on the next steps including application, collecting evidence and assessment.

To gain RPL, the team members will need to:

• Submit RPL application (including RPL Form) to the Trainer.

• Present evidence to demonstrate recognition of prior learning.

Evidence for RPL can include but is not limited to:

• Portfolio of evidence (including Resume, Position Descriptions, Certifications, examples of work, etc.)

• Interviews with an Echo RTO Assessor (including oral and written questions)

• Observations in the workplace by an Echo RTO Assessor or third party reports

• Simulation or demonstration of activities or activity sheets

The Echo RTO Assessor undertakes a pre-assessment check of the RPL application.

The pre-assessment check is based on the following criteria:

• Currency (Is the evidence provided recent?)

• Authenticity (Is this the team members own work?)

• Validity (Is the evidence relevant to competencies being assessed and current workplace practises?)

• Sufficiency (Is there enough evidence to cover all components of competency and provide evidence of competent performance over time?)

If the evidence submitted with the RPL application is not sufficient or further clarification is required the Echo RTO Assessor will coordinate further RPL assessment with the participant.

The RPL assessment procedure will involve the following activities:

• The Echo RTO Assessor assesses evidence/documents provided by the team member against the competency standards and undertakes a brief interview with the participant.

• If competency areas were not fully addressed during the document review or interview, the Echo RTO Assessor develops a series of questions to gain further evidence of the team member’s competencies. The Echo RTO Assessor asks the participant these questions during a competency conversation.

• If the team member is still unable to demonstrate knowledge, skills or experience in certain competencies they may be required to undertake a practical skills assessment with the Echo RTO Assessor .

• The Echo RTO Assessor provides the participant the opportunity to provide additional evidence (if/as required).

• The Echo RTO Assessor provides feedback to the team member about the skills that have been recognised.

Note – Please refer to the Echo RPL Assessor Guide for more detailed information on the RPL assessment procedure.

The Echo RTO Assessor informs the team member which units they have gained RPL recognition for, and updates team member’s status/record in the participant management system.

If the participant believes the assessment is incorrect they have a right to appeal the decision (see Training & Assessment Appeals Policy).