End-point-Assessment | Apprenticeships Standards

End-point Assessment

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End-point Assessment

Innovate Awarding is on the Education and Skills Funding Agency register for apprenticeship assessment organisations and is currently approved to deliver end-point assessment for the following new Apprenticeship Standards:

We have a rolling programme of applications for further standards as they become ‘ready for delivery’ for the following sectors:

  • Active Leisure 
  • Adult Care
  • Beauty 
  • Business
  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Community Sport 
  • Customer Service
  • Early Years 
  • Education and Training 
  • Healthcare 
  • Hospitality
  • Leadership and Management 
  • Public Service 
  • Retail 
  • Sports and Physical Activity 
  • Warehousing and Logistics


What is end-point assessment? 

End-point assessment (EPA) occurs at the end of a minimum period of training as an apprentice – typically 12 months. The employer, the training provider and the organisation which is providing the EPA will decide whether the apprentice is ready to be tested.

  • EPA is ‘synoptic’, which means it takes an overview of the apprentices’ competence
  • EPA consists of a number of different types of external assessment, typically:
    Multiple-choice tests
    Professional discussions
    Observation of the apprenticeship at work
    Trade tests, e.g. in hospitality, learners will cook specific dishes
    Written project work
  • Employers who have developed the apprenticeship standard will determine how to test for occupational competence within their industry
  • Each different type of apprenticeship, defined by occupation, will have a specific set of assessments which have to be passed to achieve a certificate
  • An ‘assessment plan’ is published for each one which contains all the details of the testing required to achieve a certificate
  • Some assessments are graded; e.g. pass, merit and distinction


How does EPA fit into the new apprenticeship standards?

  • The employer and training provider will choose a Registered Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation to work with (see below)
  • For all apprenticeships, a set period of training will need to be finished before the EPA begins –
    a minimum of 12 months or longer
  • Training providers and/or employers will need to ensure that their learners are ready to be assessed
  • The EPA process starts after this ‘gateway’ process has been initiated


Who can offer EPA?

  • All activity regarding EPA is managed by an impartial organisation known as a Registered Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (RAAO)
  • RAAOs will have been approved by the Education and Skills Funding Agency before they can offer the service
  • This activity will always be separate from the training input
  • Independence is key to ensuring that no-one involved in the management or training of apprentices is able to decide who is competent.


How is it managed?

  • A RAAO will provide a variety of sample assessments and ‘diagnostic’ materials that can be used by employers and training providers throughout the training input to ensure that learners know what to expect at the assessment stage
  • All additional requirements will have to be completed before the EPA starts, eg achievement of any qualifications that are in the standard or Functional Skills in English, maths and IT
  • An end-point assessor will be allocated to each learner to manage the process and schedule the various assessments according to the assessment plan requirements. This may have to be achieved in a certain order and within a defined timeframe
  • If a learner fails an assessment, a resit can be arranged but in some cases learners may need more training input before further assessment takes place
  • RAAOs will be responsible for claiming the overarching apprenticeship certificate from the relevant apprenticeship certification organisation (currently the Education and Skills Funding Agency)


The costs 

Prices are indicative and we will talk to potential customers about their needs for EPA. Prices include all component end-point assessments identified by the assessment plan for the standard, access to our end-point assessment IT system (including free early registration) and access to free support materials and resources.

For more details about our prices download our price list, or to talk further about our proposition, please contact us at epa@innovateawarding.org

  • Re-sits
    Innovate Awarding [IAO] offers one free re-sit per multiple-choice test, where included within a standard.
    Component assessment re-sits will be charged per assessment available in a separate document. 
  • External quality assurance
    IAO is subject to external quality assurance for each standard. 
    There is no additional charge payable for this requirement. 
  • Payment 
    IAO will invoice for payment in full for each learner following the gateway process. Payment terms 30 days. 


End-point assessment for apprenticeship standards webinars 



A More Detailed Look: End-point Assessment for Apprenticeship Standards in Customer Service, Leadership and Management 
with Andy McNeill 


A More Detailed Look: End-point Assessment for Apprenticeship Standards in the Retail Sector
with Andy McNeill 



Find answers to questions frequently asked about end-point assessment for apprenticeship standards on our FAQ page




End-point assessment (EPA)

End-point assessment (EPA) occurs at the end of a minimum period of training as an apprentice. At this point the employer and the training provider will decide whether the apprentice is ready to be tested. EPA is delivered by a RAAO (see below) and consists of a number of different types of external assessment which must be passed for achievement of the apprenticeship standard.

End-point Assessor

An independent assessor working on behalf of the RAAO who will undertake, lead and mark the end-point assessment phase which the apprentice needs to complete their apprenticeship.

The Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (RAAO)

The Register of Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations (the register) is a list of organisations that have been assessed as being suitable to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices.

Only these organisations are eligible to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices. Although a number of different people and organisations may be involved in an apprentice’s end-point assessment, only the independent organisation needs to apply to and be listed on the register.

Employers of apprentices will select an organisation from the register to conduct independent end-point assessment of their apprentices.

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is an executive agency sponsored by the Department of Education. The SFA support, regulate and provide funding for further education in England, this includes training providers, colleges and employers.


The standards are written documents which show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role. Standards are developed by employer groups.

Assessment Plan

An assessment plan accompanies a standard and sets out the type of assessment required by the apprentice during end-point assessment.


A form of assessment which tests candidates' understanding of connections between different elements of a subject'. An overview of the apprentices’ competence.


The point at which an apprentice has completed their training and is ready to enter end-point assessment.


A Trailblazer is formed by a group of employers who work together to design new apprenticeship standards and assessment plans for occupations within their sectors.


The holistic approach encourages learning through engagement of the work surrounds.


Find out more 

For further information on the new apprenticeship standards and to discuss the standards for which Innovate Awarding will be offering EPA services and assessment support materials, please email us at epa@innovateawarding.org, or call 0117 314 2800