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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. 

When you enter the final stages of the apprenticeship journey, this is the time to consider the necessary requirements for your apprentice to attain the highest possible grade and achieve their apprenticeship

What is End Point Assessment

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.

Support your apprentice through end-point assessment   Support your apprentice through end-point assessment - GOV.UK (

End-point assessment methods explained









Apprentice journey

Your journey to EPA

On-programme delivery

  • Training, learning and practical experience

  • Achieve English and Maths (if not already held)

  • Regular progress review and reflective accounts

  • Completion of portfolio of evidence


  • Employer, training provider and you confirm readiness for EPA

  • Training provider submits documents to EPAO, examples include:

    • Maths & English certificates

    • Portfolio of evidence

    • Signed declaration

    • Other mandatory evidence required for the standard

Planning and preparation

  • EPA dates and locations agreed by apprentice  and EPAO

  • Assessor will review evidence

  • Discuss and agree any reasonable adjustments required


  • Carrying out assessment methods required

  • These methods vary by standard but may include:

    • Knowledge test (often multiple choice)

    • Observation

    • Presentation

    • Project interview

    • Professional discussion

    • Portfolio



Zahra Owen

Skills Coach

For further information please contact Zahra Owen, Apprenticeship Skills Coach,, 07715680137

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