End-Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment (EPA) the way it should be straightforward, supported by a team of dedicated experts and, of course, highly successful.

EAL is proud to offer an exceptional EPA service for 29 apprenticeship standards across a wide range of engineering and manufacturing areas.

As the specialist skills partner and awarding organisation for the sector since 1992, we've built an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of employer skills needs. So whatever your experience level with EPA, we can get you up and running quickly.

After all, collaboration and customer success are the cornerstones of everything we do. This is why we invest in the industries we serve and the careers of the people working within them.

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What is End-Point Assessment?

End-Point Assessment is the last assessment apprentices undertake to prove occupational competence.

Having passed their EPA, an apprentice is occupationally competent. Meaning they have the right knowledge, skills and behaviours to succeed in industry.

EAL is the End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the engineering and manufacturing sector.

We've been at the forefront of supporting employers to develop new apprenticeship standards. This includes assessment plan development.

By choosing EAL as your apprentice assessment organisation you'll enjoy:

  • Unrivalled support from experts who have served in your occupational area.
  • Expertise in quality assuring delivery and assessment using our understanding of employer needs.
  • A flexible and responsive service, with a first-rate level of customer experience.

Assessment Plan

All apprenticeship standards must contain an assessment plan and an End-Point Assessment (EPA).

The assessment plan outlines how apprentices will be assessed against the apprenticeship standard. This includes what they need to achieve for their apprenticeship completion certificate.

It explains what is assessed, how, and who will conduct the assessment. A range of assessment methods is available such as:

  • a viva
  • practical and/or knowledge assessments
  • observation of performance
  • presentations 
  • completion of a work portfolio.

The apprenticeship assessment must:

  • Have an independently assessed End-Point Assessment, carried out by an organisation on the government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (EAL is on the register)
  • Be graded eg pass, merit and distinction
  • Deliver consistent, reliable and valid judgements
  • Set out internal and external quality assurance processes

Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment

All apprenticeships have training and assessment throughout the duration of the programme. And now all must now contain an End-Point Assessment (EPA).

This forms the final stage of the apprenticeship. It's separate from any qualifications or other assessment an apprentice undertakes in training. It assesses whether the apprentice has met the apprenticeship requirements standard. This ensures apprentices are competent in their occupational role.

An independent, registered assessment organisation must conduct the End-Point Assessment. This ensures consistency of assessment for everyone following the same apprenticeship standard.

The government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) lists eligible organisations. Employers can choose which organisation on the register to work with. Each apprenticeship standard assessment plan describes The End-Point Assessment.

EAL EPA Standards

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (The Institute) endorses EAL to deliver End-Point Assessment for: 

  1. Associate Project Manager (Level 4)
  2. Commercial Catering Equipment Technician (Level 3)
  3. Compressed Air and Vacuum Technician (Level 3)
  4. Control/Technical Support Engineer (Level 6)
  5. Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer (Level 6)
  6. Engineering Design and Draughtsperson (Level 3)
  7. Engineering Fitter (Level 3)
  8. Engineering Manufacturing Technician (Level 4)
  9. Engineering Operative (Level 2)
  10. Engineering Technician (in collaboration with IMechE) (Level 3)
  11. Lean Manufacturing Operative (Level 2)
  12. Lift and Escalator Electromechanic (Level 3)
  13. Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (Level 3) (MOET)
  14. Manufacturing Engineer (Level 6)
  15. Metal Fabricator (Level 3)
  16. Metrology Technician (Level 3)
  17. Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) (Level 3)
  18. Process Leader (Level 4)
  19. Product Design and Development Engineer (Level 6)
  20. Propulsion Technician (Level 4)
  21. Rail Engineering Advanced Technician (Level 4)
  22. Rail Infrastructure Operator (Level 2)
  23. Rail Engineering Operative (Level 2)
  24. Rail Engineering Technician (Level 3)
  25. Senior Metrology Technician (Level 5)
  26. Space Engineering Technician (Level 4)
  27. Tramway Construction Operative (Level 2)
  28. Utilities Engineering Technician (Level 3)
  29. Watchmaker (Level 3)

EAL EPA Delivery Guidance

  1. ST0537 Engineering Operative (Level 2)
  2. ST0420 Lean Manufacturing Operative (Level 2)
  3. ST0317 Rail Engineering Operative (Level 2)
  4. ST0419 Rail Infrastructure Operator (Signalling Operator) (Level 2)
  5. ST0699 Tramway Construction Operative (Level 2)
  6. ST0164 Design and Draughtsperson (Level 3)
  7. ST0432 Engineering Fitter (Level 3)
  8. ST0252 Lift and Escalator Electromechanic (Level 3)
  9. ST0154 Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) (Level 3)
  10. ST0607 Metal Fabricator (Level 3)
  11. ST0282 Metrology Technician (Level 3)
  12. ST0033 Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) (Level 3)
  13. ST0318 Rail Engineering Technician (Level 3)
  14. ST0395 Watchmaker (Level 3)
  15. ST0310 Associate Project Manager (Level 4)
  16. ST0841 Engineering Manufacturing Technician (Level 4)
  17. ST0695 Process Leader (Level 4)
  18. ST0588 Propulsion Technician (Level 4)
  19. ST0316 Rail Engineering Advanced Technician (Level 4)
  20. ST0283 Senior Metrology Technician (Level 5)
  21. ST0023 Control/Technical Support Engineer (Level 6)
  22. ST0024 Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer (Level 6)
  23. ST0025 Manufacturing Manufacturing Engineer (Level 6)
  24. ST0027 Product Design and Development Engineer (Level 6)

We are applying to offer End-Point Assessments for standards in our core sectors as they become available.

DOWNLOAD Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) End Point Assessment Handboook

DOWNLOAD Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) End Point Assessment Organisation Terms and Conditions and Engineers Terms and Conditions

EPA Service by EAL and IMechE 

Why choose EAL and IMechE's EPA service?

Together our service is based on trust, quality, support and expertise.


  • Be assured you are working with two established organisations offering a unique and specialist solution.
  • Save time and money with our one-stop service - especially if you have an existing relationship with us via the Institution's Approved Schemes or work with an EAL Approved Centre.


  • Receive high-quality resources and materials that support you through the entire EPA process.
  • Provide a clear career progression route for your apprentices from EPA to professional registration to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


  • Access the latest updates in industry technical standards and policy.
  • Receive dedicated support and advice from our business teams who are always on hand to help you.


  • Benefit from the combined engineering expertise of two driving forces in the sector.
  • Receive a high-level service from experienced sector assessors who will ensure your apprentices meet nationally and internationally recognised occupational standards.

Apprenticeship End-Point Assessment Guidance

Employer End-Point Assessment Guidance