08 Feb What is End Point Assessment?
End-point assessment is the gateway to success.
End-point assessment (EPA) is the assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that your apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent. It happens at the end of the apprenticeship programme and is the final step for every apprentice. In fact the apprentice will only get their apprenticeship certificate after they have passed all the elements of their EPA, including any required standards in English and maths.
The assessments used have been designed by employers in the sector but are conducted by independent bodies, known as end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) using experienced assessors who also know the sector.
Employers select their EPAO at the beginning of the apprenticeship.
Finding an End-point Assessment Organisation
You can find an end-point assessment organisation for your apprentice using the government website – Find an EPAO for the Metal Casting, Foundry and Patternmaking Standard
You should agree a price with the EPAO for the assessment – the EPAO will discuss their costs with you directly. (The cost of end-point assessment should not normally exceed 20% of the funding band maximum for the apprenticeship). Your chosen training provider must contract with them on your behalf within 3 months of the apprenticeship starting.
What does assessment involve?
Each apprenticeship includes an End-point Assessment Plan, which describes how the apprentice should be tested against appropriate criteria, using suitable methods. For example, your apprentice may need to complete:
- a practical assessment
- an interview
- a project
- written and/or multiple-choice tests
- a presentation.
It is recommended that you get in touch with your EPAO early on in the apprenticeship, to check what the assessment involves.
This will give your apprentice plenty of time to prepare. For example, they may need to gather evidence to show how they’ve been working towards the core knowledge, skills and behaviours required.
When your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship and passes their EPA, they’ll be awarded a certificate. The EPAO will request this certificate on your behalf.
For some apprenticeships, passing the EPA and completing the apprenticeship can also lead to professional recognition by an authorised body – such as registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) on the Engineering Council’s register of professional engineers .
Contact us to be put in touch with organisations who can help you find out about apprenticeships for business, and help you to start the process of taking on apprentices.