What is an Independent End Point Assessor?
Independent End Point Assessors (IEPAs) assess and grade apprentice competence against a specific standard, at the end of their training programme. IEPAs must be independent from the apprentices training provider and employer, and will be employed by a registered End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).
You can search the Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations for a full list of all registered EPAOs available in England. IEPA vacancies will be advertised on their websites, along with person specifications which vary depending on the standard you wish to assess. Full training is provided by the EPAO to successful applicants. Some posts may be full time but many are flexible, part time roles, which can be done alongside other commitments which works well given the ongoing requirement to maintain your current professional development (CPD) in the area you assess.
Assessment methods vary for each standard but could include:
- Profession interviews
- Professional discussions
- Portfolio / Projects / Showcases
Although person specifications vary, depending on the standard you wish to assess, common requirements would be:
- Current, relevant occupational industry experience
- Some experience of assessing and giving feedback (though qualification levels/requirements vary)
- Experience of interview techniques
- An ability to work independently
- Good time management skills
- Technical and occupational understanding of the area of assessment within the Standard.
A full list of Apprenticeship standards can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website. There is a shortage of IEPAs to assess Apprentices in areas such as Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Logistics, and Health Care so if you would like to give back and share some of your knowledge and experience with the young workforce of the future why not consider becoming an IEPA?
Example person specifications can be found on the City and Guilds website Independent End-point Assessors | City & Guilds Group Careers (cityandguildsgroup.com), along with further information and guidance about becoming an Independent End Point Assessor.
View the following link ‘…’.to hear from a current IEPA and his experience and transition from the Automotive industry to City and Guilds end point assessing Team Leader/Supervisor and Business Administration apprentices.
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