End-point Assesment Services

End-Point Assessment Service

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 ready to work. 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

Assessment Plan

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

The assessment plan outlines how an apprentice can expect to be assessed against the apprenticeship standard, including what they need to have achieved to apply for their apprenticeship completion certificate.

It explains what will be assessed, how it will be assessed and who will conduct the assessment. A range of assessment methods can be used such as a viva, practical and/or knowledge assessments, observation of performance, presentations and 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

End-Point Assessment

End-Point Assessment

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

This forms the final stage of the apprenticeship and is separate from any qualifications or other assessment that the apprentice may undertake during training. It is designed to assess whether an apprentice has met the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is fully competent in their occupational role.

The End-Point Assessment must be conducted by a registered assessment organisation that is independent of the apprentice's training provider and/or employer, to ensure everyone following the same apprenticeship standard is assessed consistently.

Only organisations on the government's Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations are eligible to conduct the end-point assessment of apprentices. Employers can choose which organisation on the register to work with. EAL is on the register.

The End-Point Assessment is described in each apprenticeship standard's assessment plan.

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