Getting Access

Do NOT request/use a guest or communityID if you are being hired or enrolled at MSU. Wait for your NetID.

COVID19 Training for non-MSU affiliates (e.g. field instructors, patient volunteers, performers...) can create a Guest/CommunityID for login to the Ability system with their personal email address. Assistance with login is provided by the MSU Help.

Account Activation

Accounts are created/updated nightly* through EBS & SIS data feeds.

  • Employee accounts are active if the employee has at least one active HR employment record in EBS.
  • Student accounts are active if the student is enrolled in at least one course in any semester of the current academic year. The new academic year activations start generally on August 1. This is slightly ahead of the actual academic calendar to allow time for notification and completion of training that is required prior to the start of the Fall semester.

Accounts are inactivated regularly to ensure the system provides optimal viewing speeds. 

  • Logging in with an active NetID or FPID will re-activate your account for at least the rest of day.
  • Inactive users are not included in Monday Manager reports, or Manager people lists, nor typically in other compliance reports. Inactive users do not get training reminders.
  • Contact the helpdesk if you need to transfer records from an inactive NetID to a new NetID.

Other potential system users (MSU affiliates): check requirements below to confirm the appropriate account type for completing training.

  • New Employee or Student

    You must wait for a MSU NetID to be issued and activated. The time may vary from 2 days to 2 weeks. Do NOT request/use a Guest ID or communityID instead.

    Once activated or re-activated, you can log in with your NetID from the main page login button. 

    Faculty may be able to get the activation process expedited. See

    It is against the law for someone to complete work for MSU without pay unless there is a formal volunteer status (which would make them eligible for a temporary ID). Having multiple login ID also creates confusion and re-work to copy records after the NetID is activated.

    If you have ended up with duplicate accounts, you can take the training again or you can submit a request to have your records moved.

  • Click System Access

    If you also need to login to Click to create or edit a research project application, you will need a NetID account to login.

    The department you are affiliated with may request a temporary ID (e.g. dept NetID, FPID, F0001234) that you can use for both the Ability training system and Click protocol system.

    See for information on department-sponsored ID.

  • FPID (f000#### Accounts)

    The MSU Human Resources feed that creates accounts in the Ability training system does not include FPID users. Log in using the first 8 characters (f000####) to create an account. 

    Email or call 517-884-4600 to add this account to a supervisor's team list.  Include the FPID, first name, and last name and the NetID of the MSU supervisor (typically who would be responsible for monitoring your training). 

    If you need to access Click and other MSU online resources aside from the training system, see information on department-sponsored accounts at

  • Affiliates with Email - CommunityID

    Affiliates required to complete MSU training who do not fall into categories above can create a Community ID at Once the account has been created, log into Ability at with your full email address and the password you have set.

    Email or call 517-884-4600 to add a Community ID account to a supervisor's team list.  Include the email, first name, and last name and the NetID of the MSU supervisor (typically who would be responsible for monitoring your training).

  • Affiliates without Email - Offline Guests

    Some affiliates have Ability Guest IDs created between December 2018 and May 2019. Log in at:

    Guest ID Login (including password reset link)

    New guest accounts will only be created for affiliates who do not have email accounts.

    Request Guest Access

  • I still can't log in

    Contact the Helpdesk at or 517-884-4600. If your account was previously inactivated, we may be able to activate your account for login prior to our next MSU feed. And there may be other solutions.

    You may be directed to contact the MSU Identity Office or to reset your NetID to resolve problems with your account.

*Employee information that is in MSU’s HR database on any given day before 8PM will be in the LMS the next day by 3AM.  This process now runs 7 days a week.