The Unique Student Identifier (USI)

What is a Unique Student Identifier?

A USI is your individual education number for life. It also gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia. 

If you are at doing nationally recognised training, you need a USI. Without one, you cannot get your qualification or statement of attainment.

If you are undertaking nationally recognised training delivered by a registered training organisation you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

A USI gives you access to your online USI account which is made up of ten numbers and letters. It will look something like this: 3AW88YH9U5.

One of the main benefits of the USI is that you will have easy access to your training records and results throughout your life.

You can access your USI account online from a computer, tablet or smart phone anywhere and anytime.

How to get a USI

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

Steps to create your USI

The following steps show how you can create a USI:

Step 1 Have at least one and preferably two forms of ID ready from the list below:

  • Driver’s Licence
  • Medicare Card
  • Australian Passport
  • Non-Australian Passport (with Australian Visa) 
  • Birth Certificate (Australian)
  • Certificate Of Registration By Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Immi Card

IMPORTANT: To make sure all your training records together are kept together; the USI will be linked to your name as it appears on the form of ID you used to create the USI. The personal details entered when you create a USI must match exactly with those on your form of ID.

Step 2 Have your personal contact details ready (e.g., email address, or mobile number, or mailing address).

Step 3 Visit the USI website at: usi.gov.au.

Step 4 Select ‘Student Entry’ and then Select ‘Create a USI’ link and follow the steps.

Step 5 Agree to the Terms and Conditions.

Step 6 Follow the instructions to create a USI— it should only take a few minutes. Upon completion, the USI will be displayed on the screen. It will also be sent to your preferred method of contact.

Step 7 You should then write down your USI and keep it handy and safe somewhere, perhaps on your phone.