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This is the Placement system used by the Sport & Exercise Science Program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Once you have logged into Sonia Online, your School homepage will become active. From here you can access information relating to your Placement including:

  • your placement details;
  • Forms and information for Mandatory Requirements;
  • Reminders and important dates;
  • Electronic forms;
  • Facility information;
  • Selecting placement group preferences;
  • Uploading and viewing documentation.

Please note:

  • When you attend your enrolment meeting, please bring your placement folder containing two copies of all of your mandatory check documents.
  • For your deadlines for placement please refer to the community page on the Portal


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Mandatory checks

You need to ensure that you have completed the following mandatory checks prior to the commencement of your placement.

USC has a responsibility to ensure all students comply with the mandatory checks (requirements) of placement sites. It is essential that each student maintains their own personal process to manage paper and electronic documents associated with these checks. Many placement sites will ask to see hardcopy evidence of all checks on the first day of placement, so it is the responsibility of each student to be able to provide these on request.

Click on the appropriate buttons below to be directed to information relating to that specific check.

All students

Blue Card (PDF 223KB)

Takes up to 10 weeks for processing

First aid and CPR Certificate (PDF 231KB)

Must be maintained and current at all times

USC student placement agreement (PDF 357KB)

Available 1–2 prior to placement commencing (per placement check)

Preplace (PDF 363KB)

Online modules to be completed only once, not per placement

Additional checks for: SPX401 students

Vaccination Preventable Diseases (VPD) (PDF 443KB)

Can take up to 12 months to complete full vaccination courses

Queensland Health Orientation (PDF 625KB)

To be eligible for a Qld Health placement you must complete all these Qld Health checks and training

SCHHS site specific requirements (PDF 669KB)

Students attending a Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service facility will need to complete these site specific requirements

PLEASE NOTE: You will be granted full access to SONIA Online, once you have been enrolled into your program.

If you have experienced extreme circumstances resulting in a delay to submit any of these mandatory checks or require further assistance with these checks, it is essential you contact the Clinical Placements Administrator on the details below.

Clinical Placements Office (Level 4, Sports Tower) T4.53
Tel: +61 7 5456 5823
Email: SHSSPlacements@usc.edu.au

ESSA Website

The Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) website www.essa.org.au includes the ESSA application forms and guides for how to complete these forms in order to gain membership and AEP accreditation. You can view these guides and forms by clicking www.essa.org.au/membership/ways-to-join-essa. It is important for all SPX300 and SPX401 students to be familiar with this information.

Assessment Requirements

Once you are enrolled in SPX300, SPX340 or SPX401 Prac Placement, you will find important documents you must 'download/read/print out' in order to complete the Assessment requirements of the Prac Placement. These documents are found on Blackboard under “learning materials”. Please ensure you download and familiarise yourself with these before the lecture.


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1 July 2018

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1 July 2018


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Please note

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory documents are current and that the originals are available for sighting on request from USC or Placement Staff.

This database is a ‘work in progress’ – you may still need to check Blackboard for additional information, and some facility information may be provided via additional emails. If you believe any of the content is incorrect please contact the placement coordinator.

Mandatory checks

View your mandatory placement requirements.

Please Note: It is the responsibility of each student to ensure their mandatory requirements are fulfilled before attending placement.

Mandatory checks

Login to Sonia Online

  • first select your role (i.e. Student / Site / USC Support Person)
  • next enter your ‘USC username’ and ‘password’ in the spaces provided
  • then click on the ‘sign in’ button

Sonia for Students App

Download the Sonia for Students App:

Sonia support

For more information or technical support:

Email: USCSoniaSupport@usc.edu.au