The last test an apprentice must complete to get an approved standard is called the End-point Assessment (EPA). An impartial awarding agency conducts the evaluation, which might take up to three months.
The EPA assesses students’ knowledge, abilities, and behaviours that they have acquired during their apprenticeship training. The assessment demonstrates learner proficiency and varies according to the various apprenticeship standards.
Following a planning session between the employer, learner, trainer, and assessor, the end-point assessment will begin. Each apprenticeship standard’s assessment is distinct, and it could take three months to complete. Before starting EPA, students must complete their Functional Skills in arithmetic and English (or hold a level 4 and above in GCSE maths and English or equivalent).
An example of an end-point assessment would be:
Throughout the programme, students will keep records that they can refer to throughout the assessment period. For some standards, a skill demonstration may also be required. Lifetime offers students several practice End-point Assessments throughout their programme to help them prepare.
Depending on the particular criterion, the learner may receive a grade of pass, merit, distinction, or failure.