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.

End-Point Assessments are graded; e.g. pass 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
  • 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

Who can offer EPA?

You can check the full list of registered End-Point Assessment Organisations below. 

Full List of End-Point Assessment Organisations

What can StreetGames offer?

StreetGames has been approved as a Registered End-Point Assessment Organisation for the newly published community sports Apprenticeship Standards pending. The standards are: 

Level 2 Community Activator Coach

and

Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer

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, e.g. achievement of any qualifications that are in the standard or Functional Skills in English and maths
  • 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

The fees associated with EPA vary depending on the Apprenticeship Standard. Prices include all component End-Point Assessments identified by the assessment plan for the standard and access to free support materials and resources.

For more details please contact us at Endpointassessment@streetgames.org

Re-sits

  • StreetGames Training Academy offers one free re-sit per case study challenge, 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 

  • StreetGames will invoice for payment in full for each learner following the gateway process. Payment terms 30 days. 

How is the EPA conducted?

A range of assessment methods will be used to determine an apprentice’s skills, knowledge and behaviour (SKB). Different Apprenticeship assessment plans specify the assessment method required. For the community sports apprenticeships, the assessment plans specify practical observation, case study challenge (level 3 CSHO only), presentation with Q&A and panel interview as the assessment methods. StreetGames Training Academy’s team of End-Point Assessors will make use of technology and flexible testing arrangements to ensure a smooth convenient service for employers, providers and apprentices.

What notice is required in order to carry out EPA?

Apprentices should be registered with StreetGames Training Academy as early as possible into their apprenticeship programme. Following the gateway meeting, appointment of an EPA will be triggered through our customer support team. The assessment of an apprentice will be fully completed and graded within a 12 week period following the gateway.

Please note if an apprentice only becomes known to us after their gateway, we must ensure 10 weeks between gateway and EPA to allow apprentices sufficient time to prepare for their final assessment.

Are mock assessments and other such materials provided to help apprentices prepare for EPA?

StreetGames Training Academy provide a range of free supportive toolkits for the employer/provider and apprentice. These toolkits help prepare apprentices for their EPA.

Does StreetGames issue the Apprenticeship certificate?

The apprenticeship certificate is issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). StreetGames Training Academy customer support team will apply for an apprenticeship certificate and also issue a StreetGames certificate of completion to each apprentice. The StreetGames certificate is not an apprenticeship certificate and only confirms that the apprentice has completed their End-Point Assessment and the specific grades achieved. 

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