The End Point Assessment (EPA) Process
Throughout the apprenticeship, NSAN AAO will be on hand to help with advice and guidance for Employers, Providers and Apprentices to ensure a smooth process and to help towards a successful outcome.
For the EPA process to work harmoniously, there are a number of key steps to be followed:
- Selecting an AAO to undertake EPA
- Contractual arrangements between the AAO and apprenticeship provider
- Confirming readiness for EPA
- Registration of apprentices for EPA methods
- EPA method outcomes
- Apprenticeship certification
Selecting an AAO to undertake EPA
The first step an employer should take is to contact NSAN AAO with a formal request for EPA. (can be linked to the enquiries e-mail). Once the EPA cost is agreed, the employer will formally notify their apprenticeship provider.
Contractual arrangements between the AAO and Apprenticeship Provider
The provider and AAO must put in place a contract agreement for the EPA of the employers apprentices, including the transfer of apprentice details and evidence and for the agreed EPA fee to be paid.
Confirming readiness for EPA
The provider on behalf of the employer will be required to confirm an apprentice is ready for EPA and must provide NSAN AAO with any evidence for mandatory training or qualifications specified in the apprenticeship standard.
Registration of apprentices for EPA methods
The provider must give NSAN AAO the personal details for an apprentice, so they can be registered for the EPA and to enable certification on successful completion.
NSAN AAO will register an apprentice for the EPA written and practical tests and advise the provider. Employers will need to effectively plan these in around the needs of their work commitments.
For each apprentice registered, an account will be set up in the MyShowcase system to hold the apprentice details and evidence required for EPA readiness and EPA methods. NSAN AAO will provide the apprentice with all applicable instructions to enable the apprentice to provide the evidence required.
The venues to hold the EPA methods will be agreed between NSAN AAO, the provider and employer and where possible these will be at the employers site, providers site or other location in close proximity to minimise the disruption to the apprentices’ work commitments and travel required.
EPA method outcomes
NSAN AAO will inform the provider on the outcome of EPA methods, for the provider to advise the apprentice and their employer. Any remedial action is to be agreed with the employer before re-sits are scheduled.
When the practical written tests are successfully completed, NSAN AAO will provide the evidence to the Review Panel. The Review Panel consist of 2 independent assessors from a Professional Institute, who will make a final judgement on the evidence provided to confirm the standard has been achieved.
Registrations for 2018 written exams close on the following dates:
- 11 January 2018
- 12 April 2018
- 6 September 2018
NSAN AAO will apply for the apprentice's certificate. The certificate confirms the apprenticeship has been achieved and will include the grading achieved for the written test.
For information about the service NSAN AAO will provide your organisation on EPA, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org