About End Point Assessment

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?

Assessors will be tracking apprentice achievement of the Standard via the EPA so will know which parts that the apprentice has failed. Therefore there is no reason why this cannot be communicated as routine feedback.