Prepare your initial RTO registration application
To prepare to become an RTO, you need to:
- understand the requirements for registration
- undertake business planning and choose your training products
- develop your organisation’s policies, procedures, systems and tools so you are ready to become a quality education and training provider
- gain access to all the required resources
- prepare your application form
- prepare evidence to submit with your application.
Initial RTO registration guide
We recommend using our guide to initial RTO registration when preparing your application.
Guides to initial ESOS and ELICOS registration are also available.
These guides explain:
- eligibility requirements
- provider responsibilities and obligations
- registration requirements, including:
- compliance with the relevant regulatory and legislative requirements
- resourcing requirements, and
- required supporting evidence
- information about our application forms, and
- how we assess applications for initial registration.
There are 3 different types of initial registration application form:
- Initial RTO registration – use this form to become a registered training organisation (RTO) that delivers VET courses for domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and temporary visitors who are not on student visas).
- Initial ESOS registration - use this form to become a provider that delivers VET courses to overseas students (students in Australia on a student visa). This includes existing RTOs who want to become ESOS Providers.
- Initial ELICOS registration - use this form to become an ESOS provider who delivers English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).
Applications may be submitted together if the organisation is seeking more than one type of registration. The table below describes which forms are required for different types of applications.
Forms required for different types of application
|Type of application
|Who should submit this type of application
|Initial RTO registration
|Organisations wanting initial RTO registration to deliver VET courses to domestic students
|Initial RTO registration application form
|Initial RTO and ESOS registration
|Organisations wanting initial RTO registration and initial ESOS registration to deliver VET courses to domestic and overseas students.
|Initial RTO registration application form and Initial ESOS registration application form
|Initial ESOS registration
|Existing RTOs who want to become ESOS providers so they can deliver VET courses to overseas students.
|Initial ESOS registration application form
|Initial ELICOS Registration
|Existing RTOs who want to become ESOS providers so they can deliver ELICOS courses to overseas students or non-RTOs who want to only deliver ELICOS courses.
|Initial ELICOS registration application form
|Initial RTO and ELICOS Registration
|Organisations wanting initial RTO registration and initial ESOS registration to deliver both VET and ELICOS courses.
|Initial RTO registration application form and Initial ELICOS registration application form
All applications must be accompanied by:
- a completed initial RTO application form
- a signed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) statutory declaration
- fit and proper person declaration forms for:
- the CEO
- executive officers
- high managerial agents
- any person/s who exercises a degree of control or influence over the management or direction of the registered training organisation.
- a financial viability risk assessment
- comprehensive evidence to demonstrate commitment and capability to become a quality provider. Information about the required supporting evidence for different types of applications can be found in our initial registration application guides linked above.
Choosing training products
When submitting your application, you should ensure that you include all training products your organisation intends to deliver during the first 2 years of its registration.
ASQA expects that you have engaged in sufficient business planning to identify training products which will sustain your business for the first 2 years, and that these have been considered when preparing your organisation’s financial planning. As such, ASQA generally does not approve requests to add training products to an RTO’s approved scope within the first 2 years of registration.