Welcome to Skills Beyond School

Aug 18, 2021 | Industry News

Skills Beyond School welcomes you to our brand-new website, where we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest apprenticeship news and information. But first, we are going to answer some of the burning questions surrounding what exactly an End-Point Assessment (EPA) really is.


What is an End-Point Assessment?

End-point assessment (EPA) is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent. These attributes are assessed against ‘apprenticeship standards’, established by groups of educators, employers and sector organisations, also known as ‘apprenticeship trailblazers’.


What is an End-Point Assessment Organisation?

Before the apprenticeship starts, an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) will need to be chosen by the Employer to conduct the assessment of the apprentice. An EPAO is a an independent organisation, completely separate from the Employer and Training Provider, that conducts the final assessment and determines the final grade of the apprentice.

Whilst the Training Provider may be consulted, the Employer will make the final decision on which EPAO is chosen.


How does an End Point Assessment work?

Towards the end of an apprenticeship, the Employer and Training Provider will begin preparing the apprentice for the End-Point Assessment. The schedule for all the assessments will be determined in a meeting with the Employer, Apprentice, and an Independent End-Point Assessor, who is hired by the EPAO.

The End-Point Assessment is made up of different assessment elements which the apprentice must pass in order to complete the apprenticeship. These assessments are designed to give the apprentice the opportunity to demonstrate all the required knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the Apprenticeship Standard.

The assessment activities an apprentice undertakes depends on the apprenticeship they are taking, but can include:

  • Professional discussions
  • Situational judgement tests
  • Practical observations
  • Portfolios
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Culinary challenges
  • Projects
  • Presentations
  • Interviews
  • Showcases


How long does an End-Point Assessment take?

The length of the assessment period depends on the apprenticeship.

In some apprenticeships, it can take a few weeks, while in others the process can last several months. The length of the process might also depend on the judgement of the End-Point Assessor and the progress of the apprentice through the assessment process.