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What is the difference between an Apprenticeship Assessor and an End Point Assessor?

A blog by Michaela Bellis, EPA Manager, NOCN

Having been an assessor for over 10 years and now as EPA Manager for leading Awarding and End Point Assessment organisation NOCN, having the responsibility of the deployment of End Point Assessors, I can speak from experience on the difference between an Assessor and an End Point Assessor, as I have experience of working with both roles.

The role of an Apprenticeship End Point Assessor is significantly different to that of a traditional NVQ Assessor or On-programme Assessor.

An On-programme Assessor is responsible for supporting an apprentice through their apprenticeship and preparing them for End Point Assessment. How does this differ from an End Point Assessor?

I often refer to End Point Assessment like taking a driving test The End Point Assessors role is more of an examiner role, to ensure the apprentices undertaking EPA meet the standard and are occupationally competent. The End Point Assessor is responsible for grading each End Point Assessment element against the criteria specified in the Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan. The grading element of End Point Assessment gives the apprentice the opportunity to aim for the level that they want to achieve, unlike with frameworks where it was simply to ‘achieve’. It now gives the apprentice the opportunity to really set themselves apart from other apprentices.

The End Point Assessor must be independent of the apprentice, their employer and the training provider, therefore a real advantage of being an End Point Assessor is that it is easier to be objective. End Point Assessors must have current and relevant occupational experience and be occupationally competent in the standard which they are assessing.

Example: Retail Team Leader, Level 3 Standard:

The End Point Assessors must:

  • Have excellent knowledge and understanding of the apprenticeship standard as set out in the industry set Grading Criteria (Annex E).
  • Hold a recognised current workplace assessment qualification. The list of approved
  • qualifications will be published at www.people1st.co.uk and updated as new, appropriate qualifications are released.
  • Have current, relevant occupational expertise and knowledge, at the relevant level of the occupational area(s) they are assessing, which has been gained through ‘hands on’ experience in the industry.
  • Practice standardised assessment principles set out by the assessment organisation.
  • Have sufficient resources to carry out the role of independent end assessor i.e. time and budget.

Working with NOCN as an End Point Assessor

NOCN offers End Point Assessors a freelance contract giving them the freedom to choose their hours and distance they wish to travel. In addition, NOCN offer generous rates of pay, on-going training and support along with quality focussed delivery.

NOCN has been carrying out End Point Assessments for over a year and has built an excellent team of End Point Assessors over many different standards. If you want to be part of a friendly and professional team and maybe looking for an exciting new challenge, please get in touch.
Here’s what some of our current End Point Assessors have said at recent training events:

“Useful day again, felt part of the team and proud to be part of NOCN”
“Good session, thanks for your support”
“Very useful day – Thank you”
“Really enjoyed first standardisation as it was good to learn from my colleagues”
“Very supportive meeting, enjoyable and productive day, thank you”
“Nice to have an opportunity to meet the team and discuss best practice”

Find out more information about EPA from NOCN HERE