End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO)

Apprenticeship Services


The government in England has identified that apprenticeships are key to addressing skills shortages. To this end, employers have contributed to developing new Apprenticeship Standards which outline the knowledge, skills and behaviours that they would expect to see for specific job roles.

Each Apprenticeship Standard is accompanied by an Assessment Plan which describes how the knowledge, skills and behaviours are to be independently assessed at the end of the apprenticeship. As an approved End-Point assessment Organisation (EPAO) QFI is able to assess the Standards shown below.

QFI’s contribution to the delivery of Apprenticeships in England

QFI’s End Point Assessment Organisation

All apprentices in England that take an Apprenticeship Standard must go through an independent end-point assessment. This is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours learned during the apprenticeship.

Through QFI’s EPAO we are able to offer end point assessment to independently make sure that apprentices meet the standards set and are confirmed fully competent in their chosen occupations. All of our assessors are totally independent and QFI has no involvement in any of the training / delivery of the apprenticeship. We do however seek to support providers in preparing apprentices for end-point assessment.

For further information on QFI’s EPAO services please email your enquiry to: leadassessor@qfiepa.org

Standards that QFI is approved to end-point assess:

Advanced Carpentry and Joinery: Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Information Sheet 

Asbestos Analyst/Surveyor V1: (Use until 23-08-2020) V1 Asbestos Analyst-Surveyor STO022 Information Sheet

Asbestos Analyst/ Surveyor V2: (Use from 24-08-2020) V2. Asbestos Analyst-Surveyor STO022 Information Sheet

Asbestos Removal Operative: Information Sheet. Asbestos Removal Operative ST0819

BEMS (building energy management systems) Controls Engineer: Information Sheets. BEMS Controls Engineer.ST0629

Bricklayer: Bricklayer Information Sheet

Building Services Engineering Service and Maintenance Engineer: Information Sheet. Building Services Engineering Service and Maintenance Engineer ST0061

Carpentry and Joinery V1: (Use until 17-09-2020) Carpentry and Joinery Information Sheet

Carpentry and Joinery V2: (Use from 18-09-2020) V2. Information Sheet Carpentry and Joinery Information Sheet ST0264

Construction Assembly and Installation Operative: Construction Assembly and Installation Operative STO265 Information Sheet

Construction Design and Build Technician: Construction Design and Build Technician STO043 Information Sheet

Construction Equipment Maintenance Mechanic: Information Sheet. Construction Equipment Maintenance Mechanic ST0805

Construction Plant Operative: Information Sheet. Construction Plant Operative STO736

Construction Quantity Surveying Technician: Construction Quantity Surveying Technician STO049 Information Sheet

Construction Quantity Surveyor (Degree): Info Sheet Construction Quantity Surveyor Degree.STO045

Construction Site Engineering Technician: Construction Site Engineering Technician STO046 Information Sheet

Construction Site Management (Degree): Construction Site Management Degree STO047 Information Sheet

Construction Site Supervisor: Construction Site Supervisor STO048 Information Sheet

Demolition Operative: Demolition Info Sheet

Design and Construction Management (degree): Information Sheet. Design and Construction Management ST0044.

Digital Engineering Technician: Digital Eng 02 Info Sheet

Engineering Construction Pipefitter V2: From 11-10-2018 Information Sheet V2 Engineering Construction Pipefitter ST0162

Engineering Construction Erector/ Rigger: Info sheet Eng Construction Erector_Rigger STO433

Engineering Design and Draughtsperson: EDD Info Sheet

Engineering Operative: Engineering Operative ST0537 Information Sheet

Fencing Installer: Info sheet Fencing Installer STO366

Fenestration Installer: Information Sheet. Fenestration Installer ST0743.V2

Fenestration Fabricator: Information Sheet. Fenestration Fabricator ST0744

Formworker: Formworker Info Sheet

Gas Network Operative: Information Sheet V2 Gas Network Operative STO204

Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist (Degree): Information Sheet. Geospatial Mapping and Science Specialist. Degree. ST0492

Geospatial Survey Technician: Geospatial Survey Technician Information Sheet

Groundworker: Groundworker Information Sheet

Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative: HMSO Info Sheet

Hire Controller (Plant, Tools and Equipment): Hire Controller STO269 Information Sheet

Industrial Coatings Applicator: Coatings 02 Info Sheet

Information Manager: Information Manager ST0762 Information Sheet

Interior Systems Installer: Interior Systems Installer STO388 Information Sheet

Junior Energy Manager: Junior Energy Manager STO161 Information Sheet

Laboratory Technician V1: (Use until 04-08-2020) V1 Information Sheet. Laboratory Technician ST0248

Laboratory Technician V2: (Use from 05-08-2020) V2. Information Sheet. Laboratory Technician ST0248

Lifting Technician: Lifting Technician Info Sheet

Metal Fabricator: Info sheet Metal Fabricator STO607

Painter and Decorator: Info sheet Painter and Decorator STO295

Piling Attendant: Piling Info Sheet

Pipe Welder: Information Sheet. Pipe Welder. ST0851

Plasterer V1: (Use until 17-12-2019) Information Sheet. Plasterer ST0096

Plasterer V2: (Use from 18-12-2018) Plasterer V2 Information Sheet

Plate Welder: Information Sheet. Plate Welder. ST0852

Project Controls Technician: Info sheet Project Controls Technician STO163

Property Maintenance Operative: V2 Information Sheet. Property Maintenance Operative STO171

Rail and Rail Systems Engineer: Information Sheet. Rail and Rail Systems Engineer ST0495 (V2)

Road Surfacing Operative: Info sheet Road Surfacing Operative STO693

Roofer: Information Sheet. Roofer ST0270

Scaffolder: Scaffolder STO359 Information Sheet

Senior Housing/Property Management: Information Sheet. Senior Housing.Property Management.ST0236

Smart Home Technician: Smart Home Technician STO464 Information Sheet

Steel Fixer: SF 02 Info Sheet V2

Structural Steelwork Erector: Structural Steelwork Erector STO169 Information Sheet

Structural Steelwork Fabricator: Structural Steelwork Fabricator STO099 Information Sheet

Telecoms Field Operative: Information Sheet Telecoms Field Operative ST0832

Tunnelling Operative: Tunnelling Operative Information Sheet

Wall and Floor Tiler: Information Sheet. Wall and Floor Tiler

Water Process Technician: Information Sheet. Water Process Technician ST0160

Wireless Communications Rigger: Info sheet Wireless Communications Rigger STO616

Further information on Apprenticeships in England

Who pays for Apprenticeships?

Where an employer pays the levy, the funding for apprenticeship training comes from this. Where an employer does not pay the levy then they must contribute 10% of the cost of the apprentices training, and the Government pays the rest (90%). Each apprenticeship is set a Funding Band which indicates the maximum contribution that can be made from the levy pot or from Government.

Can employers do the training part?

Anyone that provides apprenticeship training must be on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Approved Apprenticeship Training Providers. Employers can apply to be on this Register in order to deliver training to their own employees.

How are Apprentices trained?

Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time in ‘off the job’ training. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they must leave the workplace, but they should not be doing their day to day work. They may for example be in meetings, learning on-line, shadowing etc. There is further guidance as to what this can involve.

How are Apprenticeships assessed?

All of the new Apprenticeship Standards have an ‘end-point assessment’ that is conducted by an independent organisation towards the end of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are also graded, e.g. pass/ merit/ distinction, and all successful apprentices are awarded a full apprenticeship certificate.

What is QFI’s role in the delivery of Apprenticeships in England?

QFI is approved as an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for specific Standards. QFI’s End point Assessment Organisation develops assessment materials, approves assessors and assesses apprentice’s using the methods that employers have chosen and documented in the Assessment Plan that accompanies each Standard.

For further information on QFI’s End Point Assessment Organisation please email your enquiry to: leadassessor@qfiepa.org