In short, no. As an End-Point Assessor, you cannot assess other parts of an Apprenticeship – not for the same candidate, anyway. But you could for other apprentices. Let us explain…
What assessor roles are open to me as an IEPA?
Should you be qualified to work as an Independent End-Point Assessor (IEPA), the chances are, you will also be qualified to assess learners completing their NVQs, be that as part of an apprenticeship or not. So to be honest, if you did get work as an IEPA, there’d be a good chance you could assess learners completing their NVQs in that area as well.
However, you cannot assess an apprentice during the ‘on-programme’ phase of their Apprenticeship, if you are delivering the EPA. This is because the Assessor who carries out the EPA needs to be independent; hence their name, ‘Independent‘ End-Point Assessors. Prior to the End-Point Assessment, the IEPA must not have had any contact with the apprentice whatsoever.
But, this doesn’t completely rule you out of assessing apprenticeships. Whilst you can’t assess other parts of an Apprenticeship for the same candidate you are carrying out the EPA on, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it for other candidates. Basically, you can assess an Apprentice through their Apprenticeship as long as you aren’t also the IEPA. As we mentioned above, the reason for this is that the IEPA can’t have assessed or trained candidate in question at any point during their apprenticeship.
Freelance or Full-Time?
So as you may have gathered, as an End-Point Assessor, you can still work as an NVQ Assessor as well. This is providing you are only working as a freelance Independent Assessor. To begin with, the majority of positions that were being advertised for IEPAs were freelance. However now, we are seeing more and more full-time opportunities cropping up.
As End-Point Assessments really start to come into fruition, we anticipate there to be an increase in the demand for both; freelance and full-time IEPAs. Something worth bearing in mind over the next couple of years! But remember, if you want to be able to assess NVQs as well as EPAs, you’d need to keep a look out for the freelance positions.
All that being said, it’s unlikely any of those roles will be open to you without an assessor qualification. So if you haven’t got one already, the CAVA Course is your starting point.