Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about First Choice

Every person looking to enrol in a nationally recognised training course needs a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI is an individual education number that is assigned to you for life. You need to have a USI to enrol in the course, receive your certificate/statement of attainment for your unit of competency or qualification, and to access transcripts of all VET training undertaken in Australia – including university, TAFE, and other nationally-recognised training courses.

Transcripts are recorded against your USI and can be accessed and downloaded via the USI VET transcript portal. The USI VET transcript portal keeps all your national training records together online, and now allows third parties even easier access to verified training records, via a clickable link or QR code.

If you have undertaken any VET training or nationally-recognised courses since 2015, you may already have a USI. If you are unsure whether you already have one, or you have one but cannot remember it, you can check the portal to find an existing USI. If you do not have one, you can apply for a USI through the portal. For more information visit the Australian Government’s USI registry portal at www.usi.gov.au

Trainees are expected to provide originals of their 100 points of identification, so that we can verify their authenticity and take copies for our records. Your name, address, photo, and signature must be included in at least one of these forms of identification. Please note, your address must be in NSW.

If you want more information on proof identity requirements and preparing your 100 points of identification, SafeWork NSW have produced an information sheet to help students understand and meet the proof of identity requirements for participants of high risk work license training and assessment.

In addition to your proof of identity documentation, you should also bring the following items with you:

  • Your USI number.
  • A face mask – to align with our COVID Safety Plan and enable us to fulfil our obligations under Public Health Orders, according to current COVID-19 restrictions, to minimise the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission.
  • Students will need to bring their own lunch and refreshments, as these are not included in your course fees. Bottled water will be provided on site.

Clothing worn to the course should:

  • be comfortable and easy to move in.
  • be appropriate for simulated work activities in a simulated high-risk work environment.
  • meet general WHS requirements.

Course participants MUST wear approved safety boots with steel-toe caps. Students who wear unapproved or inappropriate footwear will not be allowed to participate in practical skills training. Students are reminded that it is impossible to meet all course requirements without participating in the practical skills training portion of the course and, without having completed all course requirements, First Choice Training Solutions is unable to issue your certificate or statement of attainment.

It is recommended that course participants wear Hi-Vis safety wear, either:

  • your usual Hi-Vis work uniform, or
  • neat, casual attire with a Hi-Vis vest.

First Choice can provide a Hi-Vis vest to participants who do not have Hi-Vis clothing of their own, or who have forgotten to bring their own, however students are requested to wear or bring their own Hi-Vis wear.

If you choose to wear casual clothes, please do not wear clothing with slogans or images that may cause offence to others.

Upon successfully completing the course assessment, your assessor will issue you with your qualification and the application forms required for your new licence card. This paperwork must be completed and submitted to finalise your high-risk work licence application.

You will have 60 days from the date of the assessment to complete these forms and take them to an Australia Post office, along with:

  • 100 points of identification.
  • A good quality, passport-sized photo of yourself, with your name and date of birth printed on the back.
  • Payment for the licence fee.

Certificates for courses will be issued via email in PDF format.