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The role of the EPAO

The End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) plays a crucial role at the end of the apprenticeship, taking responsibility for the final assessment of the apprentice against the requirements of their apprenticeship.

Impartial and distinct from the on-programme delivery, the EPAO will work with the training provider to ensure that the apprentice and the employer are aware of the requirements of each apprenticeship standard’s end-point assessment.

As the employer you have the final say on which EPAO you’d like to select, for your apprentices’ end-point assessment, but your training provider will be able to give you guidance in making this selection.

There may be a number of different EPAOs offering EPA for the apprenticeship standards that your apprentices are undertaking. Each may have different processes and procedures for EPA but every EPAO designs their EPA around the brief set in the standard and assessment plan listed on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s website.

The responsibilities of the EPAO:

  • Be a listed organisation for the delivery of EPA on the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations
  • Design and develop end point assessment materials and guidance documents
  • Recruitment of qualified sector specific Independent End-Point Assessors
  • Giving guidance on the process and expectations at end-point assessment (EPA)
  • Validating the readiness of the apprentice for EPA (a process known as Gateway)
  • Delivery of the EPA against each apprentice’s standard specific assessment plan
  • Grading of the apprentice’s assessments and confirmation of achievement
  • Claiming the apprenticeship certificate from the ESFA upon completion of the apprenticeship