Business Administrator End Point Assessment

Level 3

1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for the level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship standard. With our detailed guidance and friendly team, we offer support to give apprentices all the tools they need to succeed in EPA. Learn more about our business admin end point assessment below, or contact us today for more information. Register your interest

Business Admin EPAO

A Business Administration End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) is an approved company that is responsible for providing end point assessment for apprenticeships in the field of business administration. As an EPAO in the business administration sector, we will ensure that apprentices meet the required standards and competencies outlined in the relevant apprenticeship standards.

Business Administration EPAOs are specialised organisations responsible for conducting assessments to evaluate the competencies and developing skills of business administration apprentices. These assessments help ensure that business administration apprenticeships are rigorous and relevant, ultimately benefiting both apprentices and the business administration industry as a whole. You can find out more about EPAOs here.

What Does EPA involve for Business Admin?

The end point assessment, or EPA, for the Business Admin standard is made up of three components:

  1. Knowledge test
  2. Portfolio-based interview
  3. Project presentation

EPA 1: Knowledge test

The first part of EPA is the business admin level 3 knowledge test. The knowledge test is carried out online and contains 50 multiple-choice questions randomly selected from 1st for EPA’s question bank. Apprentices will have 60 minutes to complete the test.

EPA 2: Portfolio-based interview

Apprentices will undertake a portfolio-based interview which will be carried out by video call and will last 30-45 minutes. This interview is based on the portfolio of learning that the apprentice creates while on the programme. This portfolio should evidence each of the knowledge, skills and behaviours shown in the assessment plan.

EPA 3: Project presentation

Finally, the apprentice will deliver a presentation on a project they completed or a process they improved. The project presentation should last 10-15 minutes, with a further 10-15 minutes given for a Q&A session. The project or process improvement will be done while the apprentice is on the programme, from month 9 of their apprenticeship, and should be completed prior to the gateway.

The project should be submitted to 1st for EPA, and the apprentice will then be given a question to answer in the presentation. For example:

  • How have you improved a process or operating practice?
  • What were the steps you took to implement the project?
  • What worked well, and how would you improve the results in future?

The EPA elements for Business Administrators are equally weighted. Full guidance will be provided by 1st for EPA for the business administration apprenticeship standard.


  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA for Business Admin

    1st for EPA assesses the Business Administrator standard remotely, with the knowledge test carried out online. The portfolio interview and project presentation are both carried out by video call and are recorded for quality assurance.

    Our remote EPA model allows us to offer flexibility, working with apprentices throughout England.

  • Timescales for EPA

    Timescales for Business Admin EPA

    The EPA for the Business Administrator standard should usually take no more than three months to complete.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    Business Administrator Assessment Plan

    If you require further information about the business administrator EPA plan, you can find more apprenticeship details by visiting Institute for Apprenticeships website.

    Alternatively, you can take a look at the Business Administrator Level 3 Assessment Plan.

  • EPA Guidance

    Guidance Available

    At 1st for EPA, we provide all the guidance apprenticeship providers need to prepare their apprentices for business administrator end point assessment. This includes:

    • Apprentice Toolkit: full guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for EPA
    • Employer overview showing what EPA involves
    • Mock knowledge test
    • Portfolio Mapping
    • Blog with regular advice articles
    • Regular feedback for training providers to share areas for improvement, which can feed into your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

    On-Boarding for EPA

    We also run a training provider on-boarding session to review the EPA process, timescales and best practice for Business Administrator EPA. This ensures you fully understand and get the most out of the end point assessment process.

  • Business Admin EPA Frequently Asked Questions

    You can find more information on our business administration end point assessment in the answers to our frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team will be on hand to offer further support regarding the EPA process in a quick 30 minute chat.

    What does Business Administration Include?

    Business administration apprenticeships are an excellent choice for individuals seeking a career path with plenty of opportunity and room for growth. A business admin role means managing the resources, time and people within an organisation or business and essentially carrying out any administration work that ensures the smooth running of the business.

    Business admin roles can also be hugely varied, from education centres to doctors’ offices and everything in-between. However, the skills learned in a business administration apprenticeship are adaptive and key for any workplace.

    What is an End Point Assessment?

    An end point assessment, otherwise known as an EPA, is the final stage of an apprenticeship programme. The apprentice must undertake and pass their EPA to receive an apprenticeship certificate and qualification. The assessment process is essential as it ensures the apprentice has developed the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours outlined in the business administration apprenticeship standard.

    How Long Does a Business Admin Level 3 Apprenticeship Take?

    Typically, a business administrator level 3 apprenticeship has a duration of between 12 and 18 months. However, this can vary based on the apprenticeship provider and business. The business administration level 3 standard end point assessment has a maximum timescale of three months.

    Business Administrator EPAOs are instrumental in maintaining the quality and relevance of business administrator apprenticeships. They design and conduct assessments that verify the competency of apprentices. Their specialised expertise in business administration ensures that apprentices are well-prepared for a wide range of administrative roles in various industries.

How does EPA work?

  • The training provider recommends an EPAO, often with input from the employer.

  • The training provider registers the apprentice with the EPAO, giving an expected date for EPA.

  • The apprentice completes Gateway and schedules their EPA.

  • 1st for EPA provides full support and guidance to help the apprentice prepare for EPA.

  • EPA is carried out with a qualified assessor.

  • 1st for EPA carries out quality checks, then emails the apprentice their results and claims their completion certificate from the ESFA.

What does EPA cost for Business Admin?

Our EPA for the Business Administrator apprenticeship standard is £725.

If a re-sit is needed, this is charged at:

Knowledge test           £80

Portfolio Interview       £270

Project Presentation   £270

If a retake is needed, this is charged at the full fee of £725.

Our online guide helps you learn more about the difference between a resit and a re-take. For more information, contact our team today.


How we make EPA easy

Here’s why employers and training providers choose 1st for EPA as their end point assessment organisation (EPAO):

  • Support icon

    Support and guidance

    Full guidance and support is given to apprentices – We’ve created resources that prepare apprentices for EPA so they know what to expect and are ready for their final assessment

  • EPA Guidance

    Resource bank

    Resource bank with guidance notes to support apprentices through end point assessment

  • Experienced assessors icon

    Experienced assessors

    All our assessors are experts in the subject they assess. They understand the demands of the apprenticeship and the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be successful

  • Friendly team icon

    Friendly team

    Friendly team to answer all your questions

  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA

    We carry out end point assessment remotely wherever the Assessment Plan allows, meaning we work across the UK and can be flexible

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    Secure system

    to manage and schedule EPA

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