What is a USI?
A USI is a reference number made up of numbers and letters, that is unique to you.
It allows you to create a secure online record of all or any nationally recognised training that you undertake.
You’ll only ever need to create one USI account, it will be yours for life.
Who needs a USI?
If you’re doing a certificate, diploma, apprenticeship, traineeship, or VET, even if you’re doing your VET at school, you’ll need a USI.
You can also record any courses you complete such as first aid.
If you don’t have a USI, then you won’t receive your qualification or statement of attainment.
Your USI gives you access to a secure online record of the training you have done.
You could use it to produce a comprehensive transcript of your training, which could be handy when you’re applying for work, seeking a credit transfer between Uni’s, Colleges or other education institutions, or if you have to demonstrate pre-requisites when you’re applying to do further training.
Still unsure if you need a USI
If you’re thinking about doing a course or a qualification, but you still don’t know if you need a USI, you can check if your course appears on training.gov.au. If it does, then you’ll need a USI.
You can also check with your training provider, they’ll be able to tell you if you need a USI or not. And if you apply without asking you may get to a section of your application where you’re required to provide your USI and you won’t be able to enrol without one.
Nationally recognised training is any programme of training that will give you vocational qualifications and credentials that are recognised across Australia. For example a public (e.g. TAFE) or private (college) training organisation, completing an apprenticeship, certificate or diploma course.
If you’re not asked for a USI when applying for training, then it could be that the provider is not an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) or the qualification is not nationally recognised. If that’s the case you might like to do a bit more research before enrolling on the course, or paying for it.
If you are only undertaking a higher education course or a University course you will not need a USI.
How to create your USI
- Go to https://www.usi.gov.au/
- Go to the Student section
- Select “Create my USI”
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions
- Enter your personal details – first name, middle name(s), and surname (as they appear on your ID or birth certificate). Enter your Date of birth, Country of birth and Town / City where you were born. (If you’re not sure, check on your birth certificate or in your passport).
- You’ll then have to enter your contact details including an email address, mobile number and postal address.
- Choose a form of ID you’ll use to prove you are who you say you are.
- Enter the details it asks for on your ID. E.g. License number and expiry date.
- Once your ID has been verified by the system, you’ll go on to the next stage.
- You’ll need to choose a Password. (Make sure you use the guidelines shown on the right hand side of the screen) And make sure you keep a record of the password you use. Confirm your password.
- Select a few security questions (choose one’s you’ll always remember the answer to). And enter the answers. These will be used if you lose your password but need to access your account.
- Once you’ve done all that, your USI should be displayed on the screen. Make a note of it somewhere safe – you’ll also receive an email / SMS / letter with the details (depending on the contact information you provided). So check to make sure & save it somewhere for reference.