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What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

From 1 January 2015, all students participating in Nationally Recognised Training in Australia will need to have a Unique Student Identifier, or USI.

This includes students completing an apprenticeship, skill set or a certificate or diploma course.

A USI gives you access to your online USI account and will contain all of your nationally recognised training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results will be available in your USI account.

How do I get a USI?

It is free and easy for you to create your own USI online at

Is a first aid certificate compulsory?

Yes. A current first aid certificate is a part of your eligibility criteria when applying for an AMSA certificate of competency.

Where do I find the medical and eyesight certificate forms required by AMSA?

All maritime crew are required to complete a medical check and form every 2 years and this form must be readily available aboard the vessel or on your person. See the links:

What standard of literacy and numeracy do I need?

Here are the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill requirements for our courses. We will issue you with a LLN test that must be completed prior to course commencement. This test will reveal if you require any extra support through your training and a training plan will be drawn up for you.

Can I access my student records?

Sea School holds your enrolment form and all assessment materials as hard copies for at least 6 months. Files are then scanned and stored securely on our student management system for a period of 30 years. Please contact us on to request copies of your files in writing.

What is your Complaints and Appeals Policy?

Sea School International is committed to providing an effective, efficient, timely, fair and confidential complaints and appeals handling procedure for all students.

  • Academic matters include those relating to student progress, assessment, course content or awards.
  • Non-academic grievances tend to arise from events occurring at the training facility or from decisions made by the school.
  • An appeal can be made when a student is not satisfied with the outcome at any stage of the complaints and/or assessment process.

See the Complaints and Appeals Policy for more information and our Complaints and Appeals form.

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Craig Mitchell, Managing Director, Sydney Harbour Bookings