PR and Communications Assistant End Point Assessment

Level 4

1st for EPA offers End Point Assessment for both version 1.0 and version 1.1 of the Public Relations and Communications Assistant level 4 apprenticeship standard.We provide full guidance to support apprentices, employers and training providers through EPA.Register your interest

What does Public Relations and Communications Assistant EPA involve?

For version 1.0, the end point assessment, or EPA, for the Public Relations and Communications Assistant standard is made up of two components:

EPA 1: The multiple choice knowledge test

Apprentices complete a multiple choice test online. The test contains 30 questions, with 4 possible answers each. Apprentices will have 1 hour to complete the test. The test will be invigilated and recorded.

EPA 2: Work-based project

The apprentice will carry out a real project for their employer, with the aim to increase awareness and interest in, or on behalf of, a
client. Apprentices will submit a 2500 word report on their project, then give a 10-minute presentation followed by 25-minute questioning with an assessor.

For version 1.1, the EPA involves two components:

EPA 1: Written project report with presentation and questioning

The apprentice will carry out a real project for their employer, and submit a 3,000-word report. They will then give a 15-minute presentation followed by 25-minute questioning with an assessor.

EPA 2: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

Apprentices submit a portfolio of evidence at gateway. This supports the professional discussion, which will be conducted via a video call, one-to-one between the apprentice and assessor. It will last for 60 minutes.


Full guidance and resources will be provided by 1st for EPA, including a PR and Communications Assistant Toolkit that details the end point assessment and how to prepare for it.

  • Assessment Plan for EPA

    Assessment Plan for PR and Communications Assistant

    To see the PR and Communications Assistant apprenticeship details, visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website here (link opens in a new window):

    Version 1.0

    Version 1.1


    See the PR and Communications Assistant v1.0 Level 4 Assessment Plan

    and the PR and Communications Assistant v1.1 Level 4 Assessment Plan

    1st for EPA carry out remote assessment for the PR and Communications Assistant apprenticeship standard. Our remote EPA model allows us to offer flexibility, working with apprentices throughout England.

  • EPA Guidance

    PR and Communications Assistant Guidance

    We provide:

    • Apprentice Toolkit: full guidance on what to expect and how to prepare for EPA
    • Employer overview showing what EPA involves
    • Two mock knowledge tests (for v1.0)
    • Project Proposal/Report Scoping template
    • Example of a completed project proposal/report scoping
    • Project Report Front Sheet and 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).

    We also run a training provider on-boarding session to run through the EPA process, timescales and best practice for PR and Communications Assistant 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 PR and Communications Assistant?

Our cost for the PR and Communications Assistant apprenticeship standard’s end point assessment is £1650.

Resits are priced according to which component needs to be repeated.

If a re-take is needed, this is charged at the full fee of £1650.

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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