End Point Assessment is a process in which apprentices are assessed at the end of their learning programme.
Previously apprentices were assessed continually throughout their apprenticeship programme. Moving forward, with End Point Assessment, it means that apprentices will now have their newly gained knowledge, skills and behavior competence assessed by an independent EPA organisation against the apprenticeship standard that have been created by groups of employers, educators and sector specialists known as ‘apprenticeship trailblazers’. This allows employers to be confident that the apprentice is competent in their job role.
The EPA is graded as defined in the published assessment plan.
An apprenticeship certificate is only awarded after successful completion of the EPA; this is claimed by the EPAO.