What is EPA?
End-Point Assessment, often just called EPA, is the new guarantor of quality for apprenticeships.
The purpose of End-Point Assessment is for an organisation without a vested interest in the outcome of the assessment to assess whether the apprentice has achieved the essential Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) required of the apprenticeship.
EPA can be undertaken via a range of techniques – from professional discussions to examinations and written project work. How each assessment will be undertaken has been decided by trailblazer groups who determined the new apprenticeship standard. For the health and social care sector – in particular the Adult Care Worker standard and the Lead Adult Care Worker standard – the assessment methods are a Situational Judgement Test and a Professional Discussion.
What is the EPA process?
Select an EPAO
When an apprentice begins their apprenticeship, their employer is responsible for selecting an End-Point Assessment Organisation and informing the training provider of their choice.
If we’re selected, we will be notified by the training provider and register the apprentice for EPA. They’ll also receive access to our EPA resources. With Prepare to Achieve, this registration is free.
Once the apprenticeship training is completed, and the apprentice, employer and provider agree that the apprentice is ready, they enter the gateway. We check that they have met the criteria for beginning EPA, including Functional Skills and in some cases a Diploma.
After gateway, one of our independent End-Point Assessors will be in touch to introduce themselves and schedule a date and time for EPA assessment. This is booked via our EPA platform.
Assessment will then take place in accordance with the apprenticeship standard and our own internal policies. For the Adult Care sector, this involves a 90 question test and 45 minute discussion.
Results will be issued to the apprentice, training provider and employer via our EPA platform. There may be the opportunity to undertake re-sit if necessary, and if the apprenticeship standard allows.
Like to find out more?
We’d love to talk to you about your End-Point Assessment needs and how we can support you. Simply complete this form and we will get back to you, or you can call us on 0151 662 0139.