FAQs2018-04-26T12:50:39+00:00
When do you need to appoint an EPA organisation?2018-10-23T17:48:33+00:00

Employers should choose an appropriate End-point Assessment Organisation and agree on the price of End-point Assessment as early into the apprenticeship journey as possible.  This information should be recorded in the apprenticeship commitment statement and the training provider should also record it in the ILR.  The Register of End-point Assessment Organisations can be accessed to find out which organisations are approved to offer assessment for each apprenticeship standard.

What is synoptic assessment and what assessment methods are used?2018-10-23T17:47:16+00:00

Synoptic assessments are designed to evaluate skills, knowledge and behaviours over a broad range of the relevant standard. A range of assessment methods will be used at each End-Point Assessment. These can include tests, observations, projects, professional discussions, competency interviews and portfolio reviews.

Can my training provider administer the End Point Assessment?2018-10-23T17:45:28+00:00

The end-point assessment must be conducted by a registered assessment organisation by somebody who is independent of the apprentice’s training and/or employer. This ensures robust and consistent assessment.

Do Professional Assessment Ltd charge an upfront fee for registering an apprentice?2018-10-23T17:42:07+00:00

PAL does not charge any fee for end-point assessment before the gateway. We would encourage early registration to enable planning. Please see our pricing structure and discuss the benefits of early registration with us.

How much will you charge for a re-sit?2018-10-23T17:38:41+00:00

There will be one free re-sit for all multiple-choice tests. All other component assessments that need to be retaken will be charged at a set rate based on the standard and the assessment type; please discuss with us and review our fee structures for re-takes and re-sits.

What support materials are available for training providers, employers and apprentices?2018-10-23T17:37:28+00:00

We have a full range of EPA preparation resources available for apprentices, employers and training organisations.  These include sample questions, professional discussion and practical observation guidance, sample projects and revision guides. All support materials are available via Padlets that we make available to clients.

What system will you be using to manage the end-point assessment process?2018-10-23T17:34:58+00:00

Our clients (both employers and training providers) have access to our EPA scheduling system, PAL Online.  The system enables apprentices to be referred for EPA, shows their progress and results during the EPA period, and houses their assessment reports allowing secure, easy access for the relevant parties.

Will it be the same assessor to complete all parts of the EPA programme?2018-10-23T17:29:40+00:00

In most circumstances, yes. The aim is that the same assessor will be responsible for all the assessments for the apprentice. At PAL our overriding consideration is to ensure the best possible End-point Assessment experience for the apprentice.

Who pays for End-point Assessment?2018-10-23T17:27:24+00:00

Currently, EPA fees are paid by the training provider who contracts with the assessment organisation on the employer’s behalf. EPA fees should be agreed by the employer at the start of the apprenticeship and should be included in the overall negotiated cost of the apprenticeship.

Levy contributions cover EPA fees, and may cover resits (subject to the maximum funding band of the apprenticeship).

For non-levy paying employers, the funding source is different (10% from the employer, 90% government funding) but the payment set up is the same – paid by the training provider who contracts with the assessment organisation on the employer’s behalf.

Do I have to pay for resits if the apprentice fails?2018-10-23T17:22:16+00:00

Usually, yes. Please contact us at info@professionalassessment.co.uk for further information.

Do PAL offer discounts on the standard prices?2018-10-23T17:18:46+00:00

We may be able to offer discounted prices where there is guaranteed volumes of referrals or there is the option for multiple assessments at the same venue on the same day.

What is the EPAO ID number for Professional Assessment Ltd?2018-10-23T17:15:04+00:00

Our ID number is EPA0095. You will need this when you register your apprentice on the ILR to start their apprenticeship.

How is an apprentice registered with an EPAO?2018-10-23T17:13:51+00:00

Once an employer has selected a suitable End-point Assessment organisation, the training organisation acting on behalf of the employer notifies the EPAO and the training organisation will add this information to the Individual Learner Record.  The EPAO will then advise the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) that they have been selected as the EPAO.

How long does EPA usually take?2018-10-23T17:09:12+00:00

Once your apprentice is referred, our team will manage the scheduling with you. We ask you to provide three possible dates for an assessment planning meeting, the first date being no earlier than seven days after the gateway meeting. At the assessment planning meeting, the assessment schedule will be agreed.  In most circumstances, all assessment activities will be completed within a six-week timescale.

How do I know if my apprentice is ready for the EPA?2018-10-23T17:07:09+00:00

Employers and providers, along with the respective apprentice must decide together if the apprentice is ready for assessment by judging their learning and behaviours at the gateway review.

Remember that getting to gateway always means passing English and maths at the required level.

Our offer includes the provision of assessment guidance, assessment for learning materials and mock assessments and we recommend that apprentices have the opportunity to complete mock assessments, to evaluate readiness.

When do we get the apprenticeship certificate?2018-10-23T17:05:59+00:00

The ESFA issues apprenticeship certificates after the training organisation and the EPAO have confirmed the results of the assessment. The certificate is sent directly to the employer, usually within 14 days of the certification claim. We cannot guarantee the ESFA’s timelines, though it should be noted that EPAOs claim certificates only once a month.

Professional Assessment can provide a PAL-branded EPA record of achievement if required.

Who sets the criteria for End-point assessment?2018-10-23T17:01:48+00:00

Each standard has an approved assessment plan that has been compiled and agreed by an employer-led trailblazer group. The assessment plan details the nature of the assessments and the grading system to be applied. Additionally, the plans set out the roles and responsibilities of the assessor, the internal quality assurance function and the role of the external quality assurance body.

Who decides which EPA organisation to use?2018-10-23T17:02:57+00:00

Employers choose which apprentice assessment organisation to use for EPA. This might be based on reputation and good standing, or their trust in the organisation helping their apprentice to learn and demonstrate the right knowledge, skills and behaviours.

How do employers and training providers manage the EPA process?2018-04-19T09:27:56+00:00

It’s really important that employers and providers understand each other clearly from the outset. Both sides must manage the contract negotiation and processes well so that it’s clear who pays what and when – and also what counts as success at each stage of the apprenticeship journey. The Professional Assessment team have experience of apprenticeship delivery, so we are able to support discussions around how best to plan for EPA

How do I know your assessors are high quality?2018-10-23T16:58:03+00:00

As well as meeting the criteria for assessors detailed in each assessment plan, our team undergo a robust recruitment process to ensure they have the appropriate qualifications, years of industry experience in appropriate roles and membership of professional bodies. We provide bespoke assessment training for all new assessors, plus on-going development to keep them up-to-date with quality assurance and apprenticeship requirements.

How do I become a Professional Assessment Ltd End-point Assessor?2018-10-23T17:00:25+00:00

We’re always interested in hearing from talented and experienced people who can assess apprentices’ performance. Please contact us at info@professionalassessment.co.uk if you are interested in becoming an assessor.

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