The end point assessment process

Guiding you through the journey

CMI’s End Point Assessment (EPA) process is easy to follow and enables providers, employers and apprentices to be fully equipped throughout their journey to EPA.

To discuss your requirements, or to book your EPA, please get in touch with the team today.

Steps to EPA Success

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Step 1: Getting started

It’s vital that employers and providers understand the process of apprenticeships and their roles and responsibilities throughout.

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Step 2: Meet the standards

Each apprenticeship is mapped to the new Apprenticeship Standard and each comes with its own assessment plan against the standard.

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Step 3: Evidence gathering

Apprentices will need to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours using a number of formats, including written or recorded statements and observations, reports, presentations, appraisals and feedback.

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Step 4: Reviewing and submission

The employer, alongside the training provider, will need to decide whether the apprentice is ready before they can make their submission as part of the EPA gateway.

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Step 5: Assessment

The End Point Assessment is the final milestone for apprentices. It examines their ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours through a range of assessment methods including a work based portfolio and an interview held at the live assessment day.

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Step 6: Certification

After successful Assessment, learners are awarded their certificate of completion.


Additional Information

Depending on the Standard being completed, the apprentice’s live assessment may be carried out through online conferencing software. Please read the online meeting guidance to help you prepare.

The final 20% of the apprenticeship funding is withheld until the successful completion of the EPA, so timely success is essential. CMI can work with you to ensure that deadlines are met; this includes helping you to build time for EPA into your programme length, and ensuring that you book Gateway dates as close to the programme end as possible to minimise dropout.

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 requires that apprentices must apply for their Apprenticeship Completion Certificate. However, as an End Point Assessment Organisation, CMI can apply for this certificate on behalf of the apprentice (there must be evidence that this is being done at their request). The declaration is an ESFA requirement.

To comply with ESFA requirements, download the Certificate Declaration form and upload it at Gateway.

Finding the right EPAO for you

There are many things to think about when choosing an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), from their relevance and experience through to ensuring they are completely independent. CMI has been setting the bar in Management and Leadership for over 60 years, hear what some of our partners have had to say.

I've demonstrated I'm working to a Professional Standard.

Andrew Robins, CMgr MCMI, Head of Engineering, Twiflex

[We want to provide] a full suite of potential pathways, not just for external recruits, but also, excitingly for internal staff to build their own capability and development by having the opportunity to enrol onto a leadership and management apprenticeship programme.

Jake McClure, Head of Apprenticeships, Civil Service Learning

I recognise that my managers are from the same background as me, so I want them to understand the benefits of management and leadership qualifications and how they allow my business to keep growing.

Gavin Richardson, Founder of Opus Building Services

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