Your Guide to

CMI END POINT ASSESSMENT.

What is it?

  • The End Point Assessment (EPA) is the culmination of the apprenticeship.
  • It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours of each apprentice and grades their performance against the apprenticeship standard.
  • CMI, as an independent Apprenticeship Assessment Organsation (AAO), will carry out the EPA against the assessment plan.
  • CMI offers an optimised booking process to accelerate draw down of final funding for each apprentice.

Why Choose CMI?

CMI is the only Chartered awarding body dedicated to management and leadership excellence and the Federation of Awarding Bodies ‘Awarding Body of the Year’. We’re the only organisation that can embed Chartered Manager status and the pioneers of the Leadership and Management trailblazer apprenticeship standards.

So, by working with us you can have the confidence that the EPA we provide will be progressive, comprehensive and underpinned by exceptional customer service, quality and support.

  • CMgr embedded for Operations / Departmental Manager Level 5
  • The Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship Level 6
  • Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship level 7

How Does CMI EPA Work?

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN EACH EPA.

On-programme support - use our leading edge tools to ensure clarity and enhance success rates

Gateway - fully supported process to determine each apprentice is ready for EPA

End-Point Assessment - progressive approach to ensure apprentice, employer and provider confidence and convenience

Team Leader
Team Leader:
Operations Manager
Operations Manager:
CMDA
CMDA:
Level 7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship
COMING SOON: Level 7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship:

STAGE 1 – GATEWAY SUBMISSION


GATEWAY SUBMISSION

Team Leader
Operations Manager
CMDA

Build on comprehensive pre and programme CMI support with clear guidance around the Gateway. The CMI toolkit is designed to ensure you arrive at the Gateway ready for the EPA, able to proceed with confidence and at your convenience.


STAGE 2 – SUBMISSION OF THE PORTFOLIO, WORK BASED PROJECT AND CPD LOG


PORTFOLIO

Team Leader
Operations Manager
CMDA

CMI content and support in the development of the portfolio regardless of the software solution you choose means you’ll be well prepared in terms of portfolio content, coverage and depth for the EPA portfolio review.



WORK-BASED PROJECT

Operations Manager
CMDA

Bringing the programme to life through the work based project adds huge value. The networking and mentoring opportunities and access to inspiring online content all through CMI helps apprentices to excel in this aspect of the EPA.



CPD

Team Leader
Operations Manager
CMDA

CMI offers a free CPD platform to all apprentices, making the process of CPD recording simple and convenient.


STAGE 3 – FINAL EPA SESSION


KNOWLEDGE TEST

Team Leader
Operations Manager

Our progressive approach to EPA means that apprentices have access to undertake mock knowledge tests whilst on programme and the real thing will be facilitated through a choice of secure methods with prompt turnaround of results.



PRESENTATION

Operations Manager
CMDA

CMI’s partnership approach means that preparation ahead of EPA can start, using the content CMI provides to help apprentices deliver truly compelling presentations.



INTERVIEW

Team Leader
Operations Manager
CMDA

Our online tools enable apprentices to undertake and easily video mock interviews in order to facilitate critique and hone skills. Advice and guidance is also provided to providers and employers on their role with interview panels.



PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSION

Team Leader
Operations Manager

The professional discussion is to further explore the apprentice’s experiences and their professional development activity. CMI bring huge experience to this stage.


STAGE 4 – GRADING AND RESULT

CMI is committed to increasing the number and standard of professionally qualified managers, this leads to better led and managed organisations. CMI ensures the EPA process is professionally conducted, provides a meaningful assessment of the apprentice and is underpinned with support and commitment to the highest quality standards.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information on all things EPA please contact your named CMI account manager.

If you don’t yet have a named account manager please contact our EPA team on 01536 207349 or email qualifications@managers.org.uk.

How I become a CMI independent assessor?

We are recruiting assessors nationally and would like to hear from you - should you be interested please send your CV to qualifications@managers.org.uk and we will be in touch.

Why should I choose CMI as my EPA provider?

CMI are dedicated to making the EPA process a positive experience for all learners and will work with you to create a bespoke support package.

CMI is the only Chartered awarding body dedicated to management and leadership excellence and the Federation of Awarding Bodies ‘Awarding Body of the Year’. We’re the only organisation that can embed Chartered Manager status and the pioneers of the Leadership and Management trailblazer apprenticeship standards.

So, by working with us you can have the confidence that the EPA we provide will be progressive, comprehensive and underpinned by exceptional customer service, quality and support.

When do I need to commit to an EPA provider?

From 1st August 2017, ESFA require that you to indicate your choice of EPA Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO) on the ILR.

When do I pay for EPA?

CMI will create an invoice at point of gateway which is when the payment will be due. We are willing to discuss flexible payment terms on a case by case basis, please contact us on the below number for further information.

Will I need to pay for resits of EPA assessments?

There is a sliding scale of resit fees, dependent upon where in the process the resit is required and in many cases there will be no charge. Please refer the hub or speak to your account manager or a member of our customer services team on 01536 207349 for more information.

How much does EPA cost?

A full pricing list is available on the CMI HUB. Should you require additional information please contact us directly on 01536 207349.

When is the Apprentice certificate issued?

The Apprenticeship Certificates are issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) and CMI will work closely with you and the IFA to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

How do I let you know my learners are ready for EPA?

CMI will provide a number of supporting documents to help you understand what to look for when making this decision. Ultimately, both the employer and training provider in collaboration must make the decision. CMI have created a substantial tool kit to help in all areas of the apprentice journey, which will be available online very soon!

My learners have different requirements to most, how can CMI help?

CMI are committed to meeting the needs of all learners and ensuring that EPA is a valuable element of their apprentice journey. CMI is therefore able to offer reasonable changes to standard process on a case-by-case basis. For more information on support provided to learners with particular assessment requirements, please contact CMI on 01536 207349.

How does the grading work?

Each standard has a different grading method; please refer to the relevant assessment guide for details. View the assessment plans

When will the CMI be ready to carry out End-Point Assessments?

We are working towards a target date of September 2017.

Who will conduct the EPA?

The CMI as an approved assessment organisation will conduct the EPA. We will appoint an independent assessor to manage the EPA process.

  • For the Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship, the independent assessor will conduct the professional discussion and competency interview.
  • For the Operations/Departmental Manager apprenticeship a representative from the training provider/HEI and the employer will join the independent assessor for the presentation of the work-based project, structured competency based interview and professional discussion relating to CPD activity.
  • For the CMDA apprenticeship a representative from the training provider/HEI and employer will join the independent assessor for the presentation of the work-based project and panel interview.

How are conflicts of interest going to be managed?

The CMI will provide clear guidance on the roles for each panel member (where this is part of the EPA). The independent assessor will make the final grading and EPA outcome decision. The independent assessor will be closely managed by the CMI to ensure that they have no prior experience of teaching/assessing any of the apprentices they provide the EPA for. The CMI has developed a Conflict of Interest Policy for EPA which explains the process for recruitment and monitoring of independent assessors.

What is included in the EPA?

The EPA process has a different focus dependant on the size and complexity of the apprentice Standard. Please look at the table below:

Apprenticeship Standard Components of the EPA
Team Leader/Supervisor
  • A test of knowledge using scenarios with questions
  • A competency-based interview
  • A review of a portfolio of evidence
  • A professional discussion relating to CPD activity
Operations/Departmental Manager
  • A test of knowledge using scenarios with questions
  • A competency-based Interview
  • A review of a portfolio of evidence
  • A review of a work based project with a presentation on a work based project and Q&A session
  • A professional discussion relating to CPD activity
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA)
  • A review of a portfolio of evidence
  • A review of a work based project
  • A 15 minute presentation on a work based project
  • A Panel Interview

How far in advance can training providers/HEI's or employers book the EPA?

The CMI will accept provisional bookings at start of the apprenticeship programme which can be confirmed nearer the apprentices end date.

Will the EPA be flexible to take into account the changing circumstances of apprentices? How far ahead does the booking process start?

Training Providers/HEI’s or employers should notify the CMI when they feel that the apprentice is ready for the EPA and that the apprentice satisfies the Gateway requirements of the apprentice Standard.

How to ensure that an apprentice is ready for EPA?

This is for the HEI/training provider and employer to agree that the apprentice has met the requirements of the published Standard. As part of the on-programme assessment, apprentices will collate a portfolio of evidence that also forms part of the EPA. This portfolio will be important in identifying the apprentice’s readiness for the EPA. HEI’s/training providers and employers may also wish to consider preparing apprentice with generic skills such as interview hints and tips.

Is there a timescale within which an apprentice would be expected to retake part of the EPA if they have failed?

Whilst there is no hard and fast rule about timescales, we would suggest that apprentices wait for at least one month before resitting to allow for the preparation of additional evidence. To ensure currency of evidence we would suggest apprentices resit within six months.

What level of feedback will there be for apprentices if they fail part of the EPA?

CMI’s Independent Assessors will give comprehensive feedback on any areas where the Apprentice has failed to meet the Standard to allow for focussed development to take place before re-assessment.

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