HR Support End Point Assessment

Level 3

1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for HR apprenticeships, including the HR Support level 3 standard. We have developed support materials, videos and activities to give apprentices all the tools they need to succeed. Register your interest

What does HR Support EPA involve?

The end point assessment, or EPA, for the HR Support standard is made up of two components:

  1. Consultative Project
  2. Professional Discussion

EPA 1: The Consultative Project

The project will be a real example of work done by the apprentice in their role. They will be required to write a project that demonstrates how they have applied their knowledge and HR related skills to deliver the services required by the role, as described in the apprenticeship standard.

The project should describe a situation where the apprentice has successfully worked with a customer (probably an internal one) to deliver a specific piece of HR work or provide a HR solution(s) for them.

The project should be 3000 words +/- 10%.

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

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.

  • Remote EPA for EPA

    Remote EPA for HR Support

    1st for EPA carry out assessment for the HR Support standard remotely. The Consultative Project is submitted to our online portal and the Professional Discussion is carried out via a video call. This will be recorded for quality assurance.

    Our remote EPA model allows us to offer low prices, be flexible with bookings, and work with apprentices throughout England.

  • Timescales for EPA

    Timescales for HR Support EPA

    The EPA period for the HR Support standard should take a maximum of 4 months to complete.

    Apprentices will be provided with:

    • A Consultative Project Proposal document
    • A Consultative Project Template

    Your assessor will review your project proposal and give approval or feedback within 7 days.

    After approval, you have up to 3 months to complete your project and write it up.

    Your Professional Discussion will take place 2 weeks after this. You will then receive your results within 2 weeks.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    HR Support Assessment Plan

    To see the HR Support apprenticeship details, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website here (link opens in a new window):

    See the HR Support Level 3 Assessment Plan

  • EPA Guidance

    Guidance available

    We provide:

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

    We also run a training provider on-boarding session to run through the EPA process, timescales and best practice for HR Support EPA.

How does EPA work?

  • The apprentice’s employer chooses an end point assessment organisation (EPAO), often with the help of their training provider.

  • 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 notifies the apprentice of their results and claims their completion certificate from the ESFA.

What does EPA cost for HR Support?

Our EPA for the HR Support apprenticeship standard is £825.

If a re-sit is needed, this is charged at £300 for either the Consultative Project or Professional Discussion.

If a re-take is needed, this is charged at the full fee of £825.

What’s 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):

  • 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 for 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

  • We use ACE360

    to manage and schedule EPA

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