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End point assessment (EPA)

When the apprentice has passed the EPA gateway they can complete the EPA. The EPA will typically take three months to a year to complete, depending on the complexity of the EPA, and may include different assessment methods, including:

  • Practical assessment
  • Interview or discussion
  • A project
  • Written and/or multiple-choice tests
  • A presentation
  • Observation

If an apprentice fails any element of the assessment, they only need to re-sit that element within the allotted time of the EPA. If an apprentice does not complete the EPA within the allotted time, they will need to retake the whole EPA from the beginning. The EPA should be an independent assessment of the apprentice’s competence conducted by an independent assessor on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (RoEPAO).  

The End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) will be responsible for judging the overall competence of the apprenticeship and for marking the written report. The EPAO will coordinate and conduct the workplace observation and the structured discussion.