Myths and Misconceptions of End-Point Assessment
With the rise of End-Point Assessment over the past few years, a lot of misconceptions have popped up along the way. So, we want to clear up these myths and misconceptions so that we can all be on the same page when talking all things EPA.
Does the Level 3 EPA Award qualify me to work in End-Point Assessment?
The Level 3 Award in Understanding End-Point Assessment was developed by the awarding body and End-Point Assessment Organisation, Highfield. They are the only awarding body that offer this qualification and the only EPAO to require Independent End-Point Assessors (IEPAs) to hold this qualification.
The vast majority of End-Point Assessment Organisations will instead require require you to hold an industry standard assessor qualification; like the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement. The A1 assessor qualification and the D32/33 assessor qualification are also valid, as long as you have kept up to date in the industry.
Is End-Point Assessment replacing Internal Quality Assurance?
No, absolutely not.
Internal Quality Assurance is certainly still a necessity. It will not be replaced by End-Point Assessment. They are two completely different roles.
An IQA’s main responsibility is to quality check assessment decisions on learners completing qualifications. Whereas an IEPA is mainly responsible for carrying out assessments on an apprentice to determine whether or not they have passed their apprenticeship.
Do I need an IQA qualification to be an End-Point Assessor?
It’s certainly advisory, but it’s not actually an ‘across-the-board’ requirement.
It completely depends on two things; the requirements specified by the employer (EPAO) and the requirements set out in the assessment plan.
Some employers will just want you to have the Assessor qualification (CAVA), whilst some will also require you to have an IQA qualification as well. Furthermore, some Apprenticeships’ assessment plans specify that the IEPA must hold an IQA qualification, like the Level 3 Business Administrator.
Why can’t I find the End-Point assessment for an NVQ?
The reason you won’t be able to find an End-Point Assessment for any NVQs is because End-Point Assessments only happen in Apprenticeships. So you won’t find EPAs anywhere else.
You can, however, find the End-Point Assessments for any Apprenticeship on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.
Do I need to have experience in assessing before becoming an End-Point Assessor?
Nope. You don’t need experience in assessing before becoming an End-Point Assessor.
Unlike a lot of traditional assessor jobs where you find phrases like “experience in assessing required“, most IEPA positions are not as focused on the requirement for assessing experience. Instead, most EPAOs are far more concerned about prospective assessors having ‘current’ occupational experience.
At Brooks and Kirk, we offer an exclusive online EPA course. This is a CPD course, that will give you 6 hours of verified CPD. It will teach you the difference between an NVQ Assessor and an End-Point Assessor; it’s perfect for both trainee and qualified Assessors, no matter how long you have been in the industry. For more information, give us a call on 01205 805 155 or take a look at our Award in End-Point Assessment Principles and Practice.
Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
He provides Educational Consultancy to the 19+ sector as well as being an Assessor, IQA, EPA and Digital Marketing Professional. When not doing any of these he finds time, every now and then, to write blogs and articles.