What is End-Point Assessment?

How does it work?

End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the process of formally and independently validating that an apprentice has reached the required standard at the end of their programme and developed the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours to do their job.

Employers, with the support of their chosen training provider, will choose which End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) they want to assess their apprentices from the approved Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The end-point assessments have been designed by employers in the sector. The activities are different for every apprenticeship, but they all follow the same overall structure.

For example, the apprentice may need to complete:

  • a practical assessment
  • an interview
  • a project
  • written and/or multiple-choice tests
  • a presentation

Find out more in our dedicated guides:

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