People Professional EPA

Level 5

1st for EPA offers People Professional End Point Assessment for the level 5 apprenticeship standard. People Professional is the latest version, v1.3, of the level 5 HR apprenticeship. The previous version was known as HR Consultant/Partner.We provide account managers, support and guidance to help apprentices succeed.Register your interest

What does the People Professional EPA involve?

The end point assessment, or EPA, for the People Professional standard has three elements. These are:

  1. Presentation and questioning
  2. Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
  3. Assignment for unit 5CO03, which forms part of the Associate Diploma in People Management

EPA 1: Presentation and questioning

Apprentices will decide a topic at gateway, with support from the provider and employer. A scoping brief will be signed off by 1st for EPA. The presentation must cover a summary of the apprentice’s role as a people professional and what they do. It should focus on how they tackle a specific problem, idea or opportunity.

The presentation should last around 20 minutes and  the questioning will last around 30 minutes.

EPA 2: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

The professional discussion is a one-to-one discussion between the apprentice and an assessor. It will last for 75 minutes. The portfolio of evidence will be submitted at gateway. Apprentices will be able to refer to this and use its examples to illustrate their answers in the discussion.

EPA 3: Assignment for unit 5CO03

This assignment will be completed after gateway and will be the final part of completing the Associate Diploma in People Management.

Full guidance on all areas of EPA will be provided by 1st for EPA.

  • Remote EPA

    Remote EPA for People Professional

    1st for EPA carries out remote end point assessment for the People Professional standard. We work with apprentices throughout England and offer flexible scheduling, both in office hours and out of hours.

  • Timescales for EPA

    People Professional EPA Timescales

    The EPA period for this standard is typically 3 months.  Throughout the course of these 3 months, apprentices will be required to complete the final unit of their Diploma, unit 5CO03, while also creating their EPA presentation and preparing for the professional discussion.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    People Professional Assessment Plan

    The full People Professional standard can be found on the link, taking you to the IfATE website. You can view the People Professional Level 5 Assessment Plan with full details of the EPA.

  • EPA Guidance

    People Professional EPA Guidance

    We provide an Apprentice Toolkit and full guidance for EPA. We also run a training provider onboarding session and regular webinars for employers and providers.

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.

How much does People Professional EPA cost?

The EPA fee for People Professional is £1,750.
You can get in touch with the 1st for EPA team to go through resit and retake fees.


Find out more and register your interest

If you are interested in how we can help you with your HR and People Professional apprenticeship end point assessment, book a 30 minute chat with one of our team. We’ll help you with any questions about the end point assessment process and guidance materials available.

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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Employers and training providers we work with

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