What do I need to Become an Independent End-Point Assessor?

Interested in becoming an Independent End-Point Assessor? Well, come the end of this post, you will know what you need or at least where you can find out exactly what you need.


What do I need to become an Independent End-Point Assessor?

To become an Independent End-Point Assessor, you will certainly need:

  • A certain amount of experience working within your area of expertise;
  • A valid assessor qualification.

There is also a good chance that you will need:

  • An IQA Qualification;
  • A relevant vocational qualification to back up your industry experience.

But to be perfectly honest, there isn’t a ‘one shoe fits all‘ answer to this question. Simply because the requirements for IEPAs often vary based on two things;

  1. The Apprenticeships you would be competent to offer End-Point Assessments in;
  2. The End-Point Assessment Organisation themselves (These are the companies that have been approved to offer EPAs).

All that being said, to answer that question for you; if you don’t hold a valid assessor qualification, you will need to get one in order to become an IEPA. Likewise, if you don’t hold an IQA qualification, adding one to your CV will also stand you in good stead when it comes to applying for IEPA roles.

Which assessor qualification do I need?

Ideally, you need the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (CAVA). This is the most current and highly regarded assessor qualification.

The CAVA course would qualify you to carry out both knowledge-based and competency-based assessments. These are fundamental skills for Independent End-Point Assessors.

Which IQA qualification do I need?

There are 3 Internal Quality Assurance Qualifications. The one that you should look to add to your qualification armoury is, the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices

Qualifying as an IQA can be hugely beneficial for helping you to become a better assessor effectively. By understanding assessment from a quality assurance perspective, it can help to improve skills like time management and holistic assessment. Both of which are crucial for anyone looking to become an Independent End-Point Assessor. 

But, where can I find out ‘exactly’ what I need to become an IEPA?

To find this out, you would need to have a look at the relevant ‘Assessment Plan’.

In the context of Apprenticeships, an Assessment Plan details everything there is to know about the EPA, including the requirements IEPAs must meet. So all you need to do, is find the Apprenticeship(s) you believe you will be competent in. From there you can find the Assessment Plan for the respective Apprenticeship and consequently, the requirements you would need to meet.

The ‘How do I find an Assessment Plan‘ section on our EPA Knowledgebase should prove useful if you’d like to find the Assessment Plans relevant to you.

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