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Unique Student Identifier (USI)

As of January 2015 any student enrolled in a Vocational Education Training (VET) course requires a USI.  Any student undertaking VET courses either through certificate qualifications or Apprenticeships/Traineeships will need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number made up of numbers and letters which provides students access their USI account.  This USI account allows an individual to see all their training results from all providers (RTO’s) including all completed training units and qualifications.
 
The USI will make it easier for students to find and collate their VET achievements into a single authenticated transcript.  It will also ensure that students’ VET records are not lost. The USI will be 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. The USI came into effect on 1st January, 2015.
 
The Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE) requires all currently enrolled students and new students to apply for their USI via the online application.  A student will need either their extract of birth certificate and Medicare card to complete the required fields in the application process. Students are to self-register at BSDE requires all currently enrolled students and new students to apply for their USI via the online application.  A student will need either their extract of birth certificate and Medicare card to complete the required fields in the application process. Students are to self-register at www.usi.gov.au to retrieve their USI.  Students must provide the RTO with their USI prior to the awarding of any results.

Access and equity

All students will be enrolled in an ethical and responsible manner and consistent with the requirements of the curriculum, National Training Package and essential standards.
Appropriately qualified staff will assess the extent to which the applicant is likely to achieve the stated competency standards and outcomes of the course, based on their qualifications and experience.

Quality management focus

BSDE has a commitment to providing a quality service and a focus on continuous improvement. We value feedback from students, staff and employers for incorporation into future programs.

Client service

We have sound management practices to ensure effective client service. In particular we have client service standards to ensure timely issue of student assessment results and qualifications. These will be appropriate to competence achieved and issued in accordance with national guidelines.
 
Our quality focus includes a Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, a fair and equitable Refund Policy, a Complaints and Appeals Policy, and student welfare and guidance services. Where necessary, arrangements will be made for those clients requiring literacy and/or numeracy support programs. We will take every opportunity to ensure that this information is disseminated, understood and valued by personnel and clients.
 
Our student information will ensure that all fees and charges are known to students before enrolment, that course content and assessment procedures are explained and that vocational outcomes are outlined.

External audit

BSDE has agreed to participate in monitoring and audit processes required by the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority.

Management and administration

BSDE has policies and management strategies, which ensure sound financial and administrative practices. School Management practices guarantee the organisation’s sound financial position. Students’ records are managed securely and confidentially and are available for student perusal on request. BSDE has adequate insurance policies.

Marketing and advertising

BSDE markets our vocational education and training products with integrity, accuracy and professionalism, avoiding vague and ambiguous statements. In the provision of information, no false or misleading comparisons are drawn with any other training organisation or training product.

Training and assessment standards

BSDE has personnel with appropriate qualifications and experience to deliver the training and facilitate the assessment relevant to the training products offered. Assessment will meet the National Assessment Principles (including Recognition for Prior Learning and Credit Transfer). Adequate facilities, equipment and training materials will be utilised to ensure the learning environment is conducive to the success of students.

Sanctions

BSDE will honour all guarantees outlined in this Code of Practice. We understand that if we do not meet the obligations of this Code or supporting regulatory requirements, we may have our registration as an RTO withdrawn.

Complaints/appeals

Any person wishing to make a complaint against BSDE concerning its conduct as an RTO/School, an appeal or other matter, shall have access to the appeals process. All formal complaints will be heard and decided within 15 working days of receipt of the written complaint by BSDE. The Deputy Principal will maintain a ‘Register of Complaints’ which documents all formal complaints and their resolution.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

It is important that you understand how you may be able to benefit from RPL.  RPL means that you may be able to get credit for the units of competence in vocational areas. It means that you may not have to do some segments of your course if you can show that you have already reached the required level of skill or knowledge. You may have gained the required skills or knowledge at school; during work experience; while involved in a hobby or sporting activity.
 
At the beginning of each course, you will be informed by your teacher via online lessons, Moodle and Blackboard on the learnings outcomes of each unit of competence in your course. As you begin each unit, you will need to check the learning outcomes and decide if you may be eligible for RPL for some or all of the learning outcomes.
An application form to apply for RPL is available within each online course or upon request. If you decide to apply, you will have to provide evidence to support your application. Evidence may include examples of your work, referees’ reports and certificates.  Your application for RPL may be successful or you may be asked to provide more information, attend an interview, talk with teachers by telephone or do a test.

Recognition

When you enrol at the BSDE, you will receive credit for any vocational competencies previously completed, whether as part of a SAS (Subject Area Specification), stand-alone VET course or Traineeship. Transcripts of the achievement of these competencies must be provided to your teacher on entry into the course.
 
Similarly, when you leave the Brisbane School of Distance Education, you may, for example, decide to undertake further VET study with another RTO. This RTO must take into account any competencies previously attained, which are included in the new course of study.