Maximum Funding



24 months



EPA Price*


External Quality Assurance Body

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

*This price represents our maximum charge for the standard EPA (excluding reassessment). Please get in touch to discuss potential discounts and added value.

End-point Assessment Requirements

Functional Skills

Before an apprentice can progress to End-point Assessment, they must have achieved the relevant Functional Skills qualifications (or their equivalents). These are English, maths and (where applicable) ICT.

Level 2 apprentices are required to achieve Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications (or equivalent) and attempt Level 2 Functional Skills assessments both English and maths.

Level 3 (or Higher) apprentices are required to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications (or equivalent) in both English and maths.

Gateway Requirements

Level 2 Award in Maritime Studies: STCW Safety – which includes regulatory fire-fighting, first aid, survival in the water, safety and social responsibility, and security awareness

Log Book to help the apprentice to answer questions as part of the oral test during the end-point assessment. In the Log Book the apprentice must demonstrate the following:

  • The role of the maritime caterer in case of a specified emergency on board
  • The importance of maritime codes and conventions to the maritime caterer job role – including STCW and the MARPOL (marine pollution) Convention
  • Hygiene, food safety legislation, stock storage, stock taking and stock rotation
  • Delivery of an excellent on board customer service experience
  • Nutrition and healthy eating, menu planning to meet different needs on board, menu costing and budgeting
  • Behaviours expected of a maritime caterer on board a vessel.

Practical Observation/Challenge

4-hours (+/-10%) the apprentice is required to demonstrate

  1. Cooking a range of foods
  2. Preparation and presentation of a three course meal
  3. Preparation of a hot and cold buffet counter
  4. Preparation of two menus

Grading pass or distinction.

Oral Test

  • 12 scenario based questions
  • Duration 60 minutes (+/-10%)
  • Log book can be referred to
  • Questions cover the essential log-book requirements and aspects of competence the apprentices are required to demonstrate within the log book recordings
  • Grading pass or distinction.
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Available Resources

  • Training provider resource library
  • EPA Specification
  • Apprentice Get Ready Guide

How to engage with PAL.

Engaging with PAL couldn’t be easier. Simply contact us at or on 0800 1601899. Our senior team will contact you to find out about your requirements in more detail and discuss how we might need to adapt our approach to meet your needs. Once you are happy that PAL is the right fit for your programme, we set up your account, share our library of resources and support you to register your apprentices. You can then rest assured that you have a dedicated team on hand to guide you through your EPA journey and provide a responsive service when your apprentices are ready to be assessed.

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EPA Process