Assessing your apprentice

Apprenticeship standards are developed by groups of employers, known as ‘trailblazers’, to make sure they’re occupation-focused. Each standard sets out key knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) that employers have identified they need.

Your apprentice will be assessed to demonstrate what they’ve learnt, and that they can perform all aspects of the occupation. This ‘end-point assessment’ is conducted by an organisation that is independent from the training provider. They’ll make sure all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently.

Each standard includes an end-point assessment plan, which describes how the apprentice should be tested against appropriate criteria, using suitable methods. For example, your apprentice may need to complete:

  • a practical assessment
  • an interview
  • a project
  • written and/or multiple-choice tests
  • a presentation

Finding an end-point assessment organisation

Only organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations (Opens in a new window) are eligible to conduct the assessment. You must select an organisation from the register and agree a price for them to carry it out.

Although the training provider will be involved in arranging the end-point assessment, the assessment itself must be independent. The training provider must work with the end-point assessment organisation on your behalf and have a written agreement in place to pay them for conducting the assessment.

It’s worth getting in touch with the end-point assessment organisation early on in the apprenticeship to check what the assessment involves. This will give your apprentice plenty of time to prepare - for example, they may need to gather evidence to show how they’ve been working towards the core knowledge, skills and behaviours.

The cost of an end-point assessment

The cost of the end-point assessment is included in the overall price agreed with the training provider for the apprenticeship. This cost will not usually exceed 20% of the funding band maximum. Check our funding guidance to learn about apprenticeship costs and government funding.


When your apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship, they’ll be awarded a certificate. The end-point assessment organisation will request this certificate on your behalf.

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