How have apprenticeships changed and what is 'End-Point Assessment' we hear you say?
What is the cost of End-Point Assessment (EPA) with TQUK?
What does the End-Point Assessment service include?
On what basis will costs be negotiated?
Will there be an upfront charge for registration of apprentices for end-point assessment?
How much will you charge for a resit?
How do I become an end-point assessor with TQUK?
What support material will TQUK make available for training providers, employers and apprentices?
What system will you be using to manage the end-point assessment process?
How much notice is required to book an end-point assessment?
What are the time frames allowed for resits that are required?
Do all the elements of EPA have to be retaken if a learner has an overall grade of fail?
Where will the EPA be carried out?
Is the EPA a group assessment or one to one?
Is there a grading matrix for pass, merit, distinction?
Will training providers or employers have to become approved centres to work with TQUK for end-point assessment?
How will apprentices be certified?
Are functional skills a requirement?
Are qualifications required as part of the standards?
Will it be the same assessor to complete all parts of the EPA programme?
Do TQUK's prices include the EQA fee from the External Quality Assurer?
Do the apprentices get the certificate sent to their address or does this go to the training provider/employer?
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How have apprenticeships changed and what is 'End-Point Assessment' we hear you say?
Quite simply the old Apprenticeship frameworks have been replaced by the new Apprenticeship standards. The new model sees the loss of frameworks and, in large, the loss of qualifications. Instead, standards have been produced by employer groups (Trailblazers) who have collectively outlined what they believe are essential skills, knowledge and behaviours needed in order to deem someone competent in any given job role. Qualifications have remained in a small number of standards and are mandatory to be completed, but the vast majority of these are optional.

What is the cost of End-Point Assessment (EPA) with TQUK?
The price of any EPA will be determined primarily by the elements which make up that assessment, as determined by the assessment plan set out by the trailblazer group. For example, some standards require apprentices to undertake lengthy observations which will invariably cost more than the delivery of an online situational question paper. TQUk is absolutely committed to keeping the costs of end-point assessment as low as possible and any savings that we make will be passed onto you. We are always exploring different ways to embrace technology and deliver assessments which will reduce overheads for us and cost to you. If you have any ideas that you would like to share with us then please get in touch. Prices will be negotiable, but our baseline costs are outlined in our EPA Fees document or they can be found on the relevant Apprenticeship Standard Factsheet. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require further clarification.

What does the End-Point Assessment service include?
Our end-point assessment service includes everything that the learner, employer and training provider might need in order to successfully move through an apprenticeship programme. Our training packs include study tips and hints, revision guides, self-assessment forms, gateway checklists and guidance on what to expect during each assessment stage.

On what basis will costs be negotiated?
A number of factors will be considered when negotiating costs. These will include the number of learners, timescale for delivery, facilities available and possibly location if the assessment includes an observation. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Will there be an upfront charge for registration of apprentices for end-point assessment?
There will be a small fee upon registration (25% of overall price; fees are outlined in our EPA fees document), this sum can be used towards your next group is an apprentice withdraws from the apprenticeship.* This will give the learner, training centre and the employer access to our EPA management suite and access to a variety of materials and resources to help them through to the end-point assessment phase. The remaining 75% of the fee will be payable upon passing through the gateway and into the end-point assessment process.*Any transferable registration fees can only be reapplied to the same standard as the original booking.

How much will you charge for a resit?
There will be one free resit for multiple-choice tests. All other observation and discussion-based element assessments that need to be retaken will be charged at a set rate based on the structure and the assessment type. Please refer to the apprenticeship standard to clarify resit procedures as they vary from standard to standard.

How do I become an end-point assessor with TQUK?
We are in the process of establishing the recruitment of end-point assessors. If you are interested in becoming an end-point assessor please send us a list of sectors you cover and your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What support material will TQUK make available for training providers, employers and apprentices?
apprentice support packs and employer support packs are currently in development for all of the standards which we have been approved for and will be launched as soon as possible. All support materials will be accessible through our brand new EPA management suite software. These will include templates and checklists for gateway, mock tests and more.

What system will you be using to manage the end-point assessment process?
We are currently developing a fully integrated End-Point Assessment management suite designed to be used by the apprentice, the training centre and the employer. Here you will be able to manage the whole apprenticeship process from initial assessment right through to end-point assessment and certification.

How much notice is required to book an end-point assessment?
We are using pioneering software to deliver the situational tests which mean we can do so with only 24 hours notice. For any observations within the apprenticeship end-point assessment, the notice time is 7 days. All timings, however, are subject to change.

What are the time frames allowed for resits that are required?
Should an apprentice fail one assessment activity this should be retaken as soon as the apprentice is ready and when practicable for the business. Should they fail two or more activities a period of further training and development lasting between one and three months must take place before a resit. When retaking an assessment activity the maximum grade that can be achieved for that activity is a pass. However please be aware that some standards have their own rules surrounding the process of resits, please refer to the apprenticeship standard for further clarification.

Do all the elements of EPA have to be retaken if an apprentice has an overall grade of Fail?
In this instance, we would ask that you refer to the full apprenticeship standard for guidance as the conditions behind failing an apprenticeship overall are different depending on the standard. In some instances, the apprentice will be able to retake individual elements from within the end-point assessment again as a resit.

Where will the EPA be carried out?
This depends upon the type of assessment. Some elements can be taken in the apprentice's work place, at home, via Skype or in designated TQUK 'test centres'. There are a number of these sites registered up and down the country. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find your nearest centre. For large groups of apprentices from the same employer we are happy to make alternative arrangements and will work with you to accommodate.

Is the EPA a group assessment or one to one?
One to one; we believe that it would be possible to do group assessments but we value each apprentice as an individual and we aim to treat them as such with a one to one end-point assessment process

Is there a grading matrix for pass, merit, distinction?
Yes, but they vary from standard to standard. You will be able to find a grading matrix on each of the apprenticeship standard factsheets located on the TQUK website. However, when retaking an assessment activity the maximum grade that can be achieved for that activity is a pass

Will training providers or employers have to become approved centres to work with TQUK for end-point assessment?
Yes, training centres will need to become an approved centre with TQUK. However this process is free of charge if you only want to work with us to offer end-point assessment. When you become an approved EPA centre with TQUK, you will be issued with a 'TQUK EPA approved' logo for use on your website/materials.

How will apprentices be certified?
Final certification will be from the Skills Funding Agency once the AAO (TQUK) has notified them of apprenticeship completion. We can also provide e-certificates for all element assessments taken as part of the end-point assessment process as an additional service.

Are functional skills a requirement?
Each standard has its own specific requirement for Maths and English. Please refer to the apprenticeship standard or our factsheet for more information on functional skills requirements.

Are qualifications required as part of the standards?
Some employer groups have identified qualifications that are either required or recommended to be taken during the on-programme training for certain standards. These would have to be completed prior to the end-point assessment process and presented to us at gateway before the apprentice undertakes end-point assessment. TQUK offers many of the regulated qualifications that are included in the standards and can offer attractive price points to centres wishing to use us to offer the qualifications and end-point assessment.

Will it be the same assessor to complete all parts of the EPA programme?
Yes, the aim is that wherever possible the same assessor will be responsible for all the assessments for the apprentice

Do TQUK's prices include the EQA fee from the External Quality Assurer?
Yes, all prices set by TQUK will include fees charged by the External Quality Assurance organisation. Our EPA offering presents you with absolutely no hidden fees.

Do the apprentices get the certificate sent to their address or does this go to the training provider/employer?
Certificates will be sent to the employer by recorded delivery from the Skills Funding Agency.

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We've tried to cover as many questions as possible, but if you haven't managed to find the answer you are looking for or you would like further information on any of the points above, please get in touch with the EPA team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..