End-point assessment (EPA) is an assessment of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that your apprentice has learned throughout an apprenticeship, which confirms that they are occupationally competent.
Assessments have been designed by employers in the sector and are conducted by independent bodies known as end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs).
You must select an EPAO as soon as possible at the beginning of the apprenticeship. Brighter Horizons currently use CACHE as their EPA centre.
The apprentice will only get their apprenticeship certificate after they have passed all the elements of their EPA, including any required standards in English and maths.
What does assessment involve?
Each apprenticeship includes an end-point assessment plan, which describes how the apprentice should be tested against appropriate criteria, using suitable methods. For example, your apprentice may need to complete:
- a practical assessment
- an interview
- a project
- written and/or multiple-choice tests
- a presentation
Brighter Horizons Training will ensure that they fully prepare the apprentice for the End Point Assessment process throughout their qualification.
When your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship and passes their EPA, they will be awarded a certificate.
The EPAO will request this certificate on your behalf.