Network Engineer End Point Assessment

Level 4

1st for EPA offers EPA for the level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship standard.Join us for full guidance, employer overviews, provider feedback and more.Register your interest


What does EPA involve for Network Engineer?

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

  1. Simulation assessment and questioning
  2. Professional discussion underpinned by portfolio

EPA1: Simulation assessment and questioning

Apprentices will undertake two simulation assessments in a virtual lab environment, using Cisco. 1st for EPA provides a practice lab environment, also in Cisco. The questioning, which takes place at a later date, will last for 45 minutes.

EPA 2: Professional Discussion underpinned by a portfolio

The professional discussion is carried out remotely, by video call, between the apprentice and the assessor. It will last 60 minutes and 1st for EPA provides full guidance.

Network Engineer EPAO

Network Engineer apprentices design, install, maintain and support both virtual and physical communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

Why Choose 1st For EPA as your Network Engineer EPAO?

Expertise in Network Engineer Assessment: At 1st For EPA, our team and assessors hold occupational competence as well as many years’ assessing expertise. We understand the use of Cisco in delivering the apprenticeship and how Cisco programmes are mapped to the apprenticeship standard and end point assessment.

Our friendly team are here to support your apprentices through EPA to achieve the grade they deserve.

Independent Assessment: We’re a completely independent EPAO, Ofqual recognised, with the expertise to assess Network Engineer End Point Assessment.

Flexible Assessment Solutions: Every organisation is unique and the role a Network Engineer plays can differ greatly. We ensure every apprentice has fair access to assessment and is able to share their knowledge, skills and behaviours in a supportive environment.

Ofqual Regulated: 1st For EPA is Ofqual regulated and on the Apprenticeship Provider and Assessment Register (APAR). We have robust quality controls to ensure our assessments meet the highest standards and all regulatory requirements.

Seamless Administration: Our friendly team take the hassle out of EPA to make the EPA process simple. We partner with your organisation to support your team and apprentices through the whole process.

Network Engineer EPA

Remote Assessments: The EPA is conducted remotely, with the use of video calling and virtual labs in Cisco. We offer EPA in office hours as well as at evenings and weekends.

Feedback and Support: We provide feedback to every apprentice, whatever their result.

Quality Assurance: Our quality assurance processes ensure that every assessment is are valid, consistent, fair, and reliable.

Choose 1st for EPA for Network Engineer End Point Assessment

If you’re ready to take the next step for your Network Engineer apprentices, get in touch with 1st for EPA today. We support the success of apprentices, preparing them with everything they need for EPA.

Choose 1st for EPA for your Network Engineer EPA – the EPAO that makes a difference. As your partner EPAO for Network Engineer End Point Assessment in England, we will combine expertise, flexibility, and regulatory compliance to deliver assessments with great customer service. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can support your Network Engineer apprentices on their journey to success.


  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA for Network Engineer

    1st for EPA carry out assessment for the Network Engineer standard remotely, using video calling. Virtual labs are built in Cisco for the simulation assessment. We give apprentices detailed guidance, including a Cisco practice lab.

    We offer remote EPA, with bookings available during office hours as well as evenings and weekends.

  • Timescales for EPA

    Timescales for Network Engineer EPA

    The EPA for the Network Engineer standard should typically be completed within 3 months. We have availability for apprentices to complete sooner if they wish, keeping providers on track with completions.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    Network Engineer Assessment Plan

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

    See the Network Engineer Level 4 Assessment Plan

  • EPA Guidance

    Network Engineer EPA Guidance

    • We provide:
      • Qualification Specification
      • Apprentice Resource Pack
      • Portfolio Mapping
      • EPA Practice lab in Cisco
      • General guidance and videos
    • We also run a training provider on-boarding session to run through the EPA process, timescales and best practices for Network Engineer EPA.

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 Network Engineer?

Network Engineer EPA is £1500.
Optional invigilation is available for an additional fee if required, or this can be done in-house.

Get in touch for resit and re-take fees.

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

    Remote EPA

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

  • Certificate icon

    Secure system

    To manage and schedule EPA

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