What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

What is a USI?

The Australian Government is implementing a mandatory unique student identifier (USI) system for all participants who are undertaking nationally recognised training from 1st January 2015.

A USI account will contain all your nationally recognised training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results from 2015 will be available in your USI account in 2016. One of the main benefits of the USI is that you will have easy access to your training records and results throughout your life.

Do I need a USI?

You will need a USI when you enrol or re-enrol in training from 1 January 2015 if you are a:

  • student enrolling in nationally recognised training for the first time, for example if you are studying at TAFE or with a private training organisation, completing an apprenticeship or skill set, certificate or diploma course;
  • school student completing nationally recognised training; or
  • continuing student* with nationally recognised training.

You are a continuing student* if you are a student who has already started your course in a previous year (and not yet completed it) and will continue studying after 1 January 2015.

Note: All students enrolling in a course provided by Cobra Training & Licensing Services will require a USI.

What happens if I don’t have a USI?

You can attend training and participate in assessment activities, however a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) cannot issue a Certificate or Statement of Attainment to a participant who does not have a USI so it is imperative for you to have a USI prior to the completion of your course.

How do I get a USI?

While you may apply for your own USI, training organisations are also able to create a USI on your behalf. With your permission and the required ID, Cobra Training & Licensing Services are more than happy to quickly and efficiently make an application for a USI number when you attend a course. We will arrange everything for you on your first day of training.

However, if you wish to apply for a USI yourself, it is free and easy to do so, please see instructions below on how to create your own USI online.

How do I apply for a USI myself?

Type www.usi.gov.au into your web browser.

Step 1: You MUST have at least one form of ID from the list below ready:

IMPORTANT: The details you enter when you create your USI must match exactly with those shown on the form of ID used.

If you have no form of ID from the list above, please contact the training organisation you intend to study with for further assistance.

Step 2: Click on ‘Create your USI’.

Step 3: Read & agree to the terms and conditions

Step 4: Fill in your personal and contact details.

Step 5: Enter the ID document type & requested details as shown on your form of ID (see list of ID above).

Step 6: Set your USI account password and questions for security.

Step 7: Your USI will now be displayed on the screen.

Step 8: You should write down your USI and keep it in a safe place.

Step 9: You should receive a copy of your USI via email, phone or mailing address (which ever you chose as your preferred contact method when creating your USI).

Step 10: You will need to provide your USI each time you enrol in a VET course.

Alternatively, watch this video to guide you through the creation of your USI - https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HRYaaF-B7Ho

Should you have difficulty obtaining a USI or if you have any questions regarding USIs, please don't hesitate to contact the Skilling Australia Information Hotline on 13 38 73 for further assistance.

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