End Point Assessment 

End Point Assessment

An End Point assessment which is also known as EPA is the final stage that a learner must go through and successfully complete in order for them to complete their Apprenticeship.

EPA is an independent assessment of an individual Apprentice’s standard of work and competence towards the end of their learning.

EPA is conducted by an experienced, independent, approved and qualified assessor who has not been involved in the learner’s training and learning journey.

This independent personal will assess whether the learner meets the criteria that was established by employers as part of each apprenticeship standard’s assessment plan. If successful the learner will be confirmed as successfully achieving and completing their Apprenticeship.

When it has been agreed between the employer and the training provider that the apprentice has gained sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding of the standard, EPA can then be booked. This is known within the industry as “gateway”.

F2L Assessment

F2L Assessment works with employers to conduct End Point Assessments.

Through our qualified and experienced team we offer:

  • End Point Assessment solutions across multiple subject areas and industries,
  • Information, advice and guidance on the correct End Point Assessment solution for your business,
  • Completion and audits of all End Point Assessment processes from gateway through to certification,
  • Business support from our team of industry experts.

To find out how we can help your business, contact us at apprenticeships@free2learn.org.uk


We are in the process of applying to gain approval for the following standards:

  • Retail – Retailer
    Retail – Retail team leader
    Retail – Retail manager
  • Leadership and Management – Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship
    Leadership and Management – Operations / Departmental Manager
    Leadership and Management – Team Leader / Supervisor


What is End Point Assessment?

End Point Assessment is the final assessment of an apprenticeship programme; apprentices will have to pass the assessment to complete their training programme. The content of these assessments has been designed to measure the competence of the apprentice and will differ from any qualification or assessment undertaken throughout their apprenticeship training programme.

These assessments will be completed by an independent third party assessor such as an apprenticeship assessment organisation, or an assessor who has not been involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship. The assessor will examine the competence of the apprentice, and determine whether they should pass the end-point assessment.

How does End Point Assessment work?

When it has been agreed that the apprentice has acquired the sufficient knowledge, skills and understanding, the tutor and/or employer can contact their chosen independent third-party assessor for assessment so the end-point assessment can begin.

What is an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO)?

An Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation (AAO) will liaise with the employer to determine an appropriate assessment model and ensure that all assessments required within the Apprenticeship Standards for the appropriate Apprenticeship model are also completed. Upon completion of the assessment, the AAO will grade the Apprentice and apply for the final Apprenticeship certification. An Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation is approved by the government to conduct the independent end-point assessment of learners completing the new apprenticeship standards. These organisations must go through a rigorous approval process before they are approved and added to the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO).

As new Apprenticeship Standards are approved and ready to deliver, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will allow potential AAOs to begin the approval process for these Standards, which includes proving that the AAO has the expertise and capacity to develop the End Point Assessments necessary and complete the assessments with the learners.