End-point assessment

One of the biggest changes in the new apprenticeship reforms.

What is end-point assessment?

The new end-point assessment (EPA) is one of the biggest changes in the new apprenticeship reforms.


Instead of being assessed continually throughout their course, all apprentices now have to complete an end-point assessment to complete their qualification. The EPA is designed to test whether each apprentice has gained the skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in

the standard, and grade each learner according to their performance.


How will the EPA work?


When an apprentice is ready to take the EPA, their employer will put them forward for the assessment. Each EPA is different, so the requirements for each assessment are laid out in

the apprenticeship standard.


All EPAs must follow these rules:


• They must be delivered by an independent end-point assessment organisation with no affiliation to the employer or training provider involved in the apprenticeship.

• All end-point assessment providers must be approved by the ESFA before being added

to the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO).


• When an employer takes on an apprentice, they can select the end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) from the register and then confirm their selection with their training provider.

• Most EPAs will be graded.

• The apprentice cannot achieve their apprenticeship without passing the end-point assessment.



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