HR Consultant/Partner End Point Assessment

Level 5

At 1st for EPA, we offer End Point Assessment for Human Resources apprenticeships. Our remote EPA supports the HR Consultant apprenticeship standard, and we have a team of experienced assessors and detailed resources to help your apprentices succeed. Contact us for a 30-minute chat, and we can discuss your HR consultant apprenticeship EPA questions. Register your interest

What does EPA involve for HR Consultant/Partner?

An end point assessment for the HR consultant apprenticeship standard has two elements. These include:

  1. Consultative Project
  2. Professional Discussion

EPA 1: The Consultative Project

The Consultative Project must be a real piece of work done by the apprentice in their role. They will be required to write a project demonstrating how they have applied their knowledge and skills, as described in the assessment plan.
The project should describe a situation where the apprentice successfully worked with a customer to deliver a specific piece of HR work or provide a HR solution for them. As standard, the project should be around 5000 words with a 10% variance allowed. 1st for EPA provides full guidance and resources for all apprentices to successfully complete this project.

EPA 2: The Professional Discussion

The Professional Discussion takes the format of a series of questions to assess the apprentice’s skills and behaviours. It takes place after the Consultative Project has been completed and assessed.

The Professional Discussion lasts 60-75 minutes and will be carried out by recorded video call.

Full guidance and resources will be provided by 1st for EPA.

HR Consultant Apprenticeship Standard EPA Details

Learn more about the details included in our EPA for HR consultant apprenticeship standard here, including timescales and further guidance we provide. If you have any questions about the HR consultant apprenticeship standard, don’t hesitate to contact us today. You can book a quick 30 minute chat about what we can offer or your questions on EPA in more detail.

EPAO Human Resources


  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA for HR Consultant and Apprenticeships

    At 1st for EPA, we provide end point assessment services for the HR Consultant/Partner standard remotely. The Consultative Project is submitted to our online portal, and the Professional Discussion is carried out via a video call.

    Remote EPA allows for flexible scheduling to suit the apprentice and employer. Plus, it enables us to offer our expert services and assess apprentices throughout England. So, you can rely on our EPA services to assess your apprentices no matter where you are located across England.


  • Timescales for EPA

    Timescales for HR Consultant and Partner

    • The end point assessment period for the HR consultant apprenticeship standard should take a maximum of four months to complete.

    Apprentices will be provided with:

    • A Consultative Project Proposal document
    • A Consultative Project Template

    These four months are broken down as follows. Firstly, the independent end point assessor will review the project proposal and give approval or feedback within seven days. After approval, a period of three months is given to complete the project and write it up.

    The Professional Discussion will take place around two weeks after this, and results will be given within two weeks.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    Assessment Plan for HR Apprenticeship Standard

    You can find more details on the HR consultant apprenticeship standard by visiting the Institute for Apprenticeships website. Alternatively, read through the HR Consultant/Partner Level 5 Assessment Plan for more information on what is covered in the end point assessment delivered by 1st for EPA.

  • EPA Guidance

    Guidance Available

    At 1st for EPA, we provide the guidance apprentices need to complete the end point assessment for the HR consultant apprenticeship standard. This includes:

    • Apprentice Toolkit: Full guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for EPA
    • Employer overview showing what EPA involves
    • Project Proposal Template
    • Example of a completed project proposal
    • Activity: Planning your HR consultative project
    • Blog with regular advice articles
    • Regular feedback for training providers to share areas for improvement, which can feed into your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).

    HR Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard On-Boarding

    To ensure both employers and apprentices have a full grasp of the end point assessment process for the HR level 5 apprenticeship standard, we offer a comprehensive onboarding session. The training provider onboarding session covers the EPA process, timescales and best practices for HR Consultant/Partner EPA.

  • HR Apprenticeship Standard EPA Frequently Asked Questions

    Find the information you need in the answers to our frequently asked questions regarding the HR apprenticeship standard EPA. If your query has not been addressed here, you can contact our expert team for further information.

    EPAO Human Resources – 1st for EPA

    In the world of Human Resources (HR), the journey towards becoming a proficient HR Consultant or Partner involves a number of areas. The End Point Assessment (EPA) is a step towards validating the skills and competencies of HR apprentices. Here we take a closer look at the significance of the HR Consultant/Partner End Point Assessment Organisation and the role of an EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation).

    EPAOs for Human Resources provide assessments for HR apprenticeships. These assessments are designed to ensure that HR professionals, including HR Consultants and Partners, meet the high standards set by the industry.

    A HR Consultant EPAO, like 1st for EPA, can play a role in the career development of HR professionals. Here’s how:

    Quality Assurance: EPAO Human Resources organisations ensure that HR Consultant and Partner apprentices possess the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their role. This ensures that HR professionals can consistently deliver value to their organisations.

    Expert Guidance: A HR Consultant EPAO offers tailored guidance and support to HR professionals. This includes resources and feedback that will address the specific challenges faced in the HR field.

    Validation: By successfully completing the HR Consultant/Partner End Point Assessment with a reputable EPAO, HR professionals will gain recognition and validation from industry experts. This can overall enhance career prospects and professional credibility.

    What is an HR Consultant?

    In the HR profession, there are many different job titles and positions spanning a range of seniority levels. The HR consultant role requires a sound knowledge of HR management as the job can be very adaptive, requiring the professional to think on their feet as they are pulled in to advise on various needs. As such, the day-to-day duties of an HR consultant can vary massively. 

    However, HR consultants can be expected to deal with the following: 

    • Prepare and maintain reports and presentations regarding HR projects. 
    • Advise on the management and administration of HR policies and procedures.
    • Improvise and adapt to organisational changes. 
    • Conduct HR activity audits. 
    • Building relationships within the team and with clients. 
    • Work with HR systems and other programmes, such as payroll. 

    What qualifications do I need to be an HR Consultant?

    The role of an HR consultant does not require any specific qualifications; however, extensive knowledge of the field and human resources management is essential. 

    Completing an HR consultant apprenticeship will ensure candidates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and first-hand experience needed to progress to the role as a professional. The EPA is the marker that ensures you have completed the apprenticeship successfully and are ready to take the next step in your HR career.

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 HR Consultant Apprenticeship Standard?

 EPA for HR Consultant/Partner is charged at £1150. If a resit is needed, this is charged at £370 for either the Consultative Project or Professional Discussion. However, if a full retake is needed, this is charged at the full fee of £1150. If you’re unsure, you can learn more about using our helpful online guide: the difference between a resit and a re-take

How we make EPA easy

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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