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End Point Assessment update

Key EPA information

REMINDER: REGISTRATIONS FOR Automotive Retail Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) ST0033/AP02 CLOSED 31 JULY 2018

New registrations for Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) must be on ST0033/AP03. Please ensure you do not use the AP02 eLogbook for AP03 registered candidates, the requirements in this version are different for the behaviour assessments and EPA. The difference in design and layout of the eLogbook may cause confusion.

registration requirements for apprenticeship standards

Changes to our online registration portal are now live. These changes consist of additional fields required at point of registering apprentices onto apprenticeship standards and will only apply to new registrations. For any apprentices already registered with the IMI on apprenticeship standards, we will be in touch to gather the outstanding information shortly.

To see a full list of required fields at point of registration, please see the 'Registration Requirements for End Point Assessment' under 'In This Section'.

SMART EPA - COMING SOON

We are currently working with Smart EPA to bring an efficient and easy way to book and manage EPA for your apprentices. 
Keep a look out in our centre communications for updates on this new booking tool coming soon. 

In the meantime - if you are looking to book an EPA, please see the section below for more information on how to book an EPA.

booking an EPA

To book an EPA with the IMI you must be an IMI approved centre with approval to offer apprenticeship standards. For more information on how to apply to offer apprenticeship standards through the IMI please visit HERE.

We would like to remind you that if you have an apprentice(s) on programme, coming up for readiness to take their end point assessment, you are required to book a minimum of 90 days in advance of the desired EPA date.

If you would like to book an EPA for apprentices, please contact epa@theimi.org.uk.

At the time of requesting a booking for EPA you must ensure all pre-requisites are met according to the apprenticeship standard assessment plan the apprentice is registered against. There must also be a formal agreement between the employer, training provider and apprentice to confirm the apprentice is ready to undertake EPA.

Minimum duration of apprenticeship standards

The minimum duration of training provided for an apprenticeship standard is 12 months. However this may be longer if required to support the delivery of the full apprenticeship standard. This will be stated in the assessment plan and/or specification of an apprenticeship standard.

An end-point assessment for an apprentice must not be booked until this minimum duration has been met. This is a pre-requisite and a requirement within the end-point assessment gateway and ESFA apprenticeship funding rules. 

Note: Providers must ensure that the entire duration of an apprenticeship standard for both training and end point assessment is recorded on the apprentice’s ILR as a minimum of 372 days to be eligible for funding.  For more information please refer to the 'Apprenticeship funding rules for training providers' August 2018 to July 2019 (Version 1 - July 2018)

For help and support regarding these requirements, contact ESFA via: 
Email: SDE.servicedesk@education.gov.uk
Telephone: 0370 267 0001

EPA ACCREDITED ASSESSOR WORKSHOP

Be one step ahead in preparation for End Point Assessments and get your staff fully trained and certificated as EPA Accredited Assessors.

Specific apprenticeship standards have clear guidelines regarding EPA Assessment staff, subject to meeting the requirements as set out in the assessment plan and meeting IMI EPAO criteria. IMI approved centres and Apprentice employers, can use trained and certificated staff as part of the EPA process, along with IMI Appointed Independent Assessors.

Included within the IMI EPAO criteria, all EPA staff will be required to complete a conflicts of interest statement, per EPA event to ensure total independence of assessment.

IMI are offering EPA Accredited Assessor workshops for the following standards;

  • Automotive Retail Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) ST0033/AP02
  • Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician ST0068/AP01-AP02
  • Bus and Coach Engineering Technician ST0067/AP01

For more information and details on getting your staff fully certified to support IMI EPA events, please contact bookings@theimi.org.uk. Fees and charges can be found on the right hand side panel.

Invigilation for EPA online knowledge tests

Just a little reminder that you can use your own approved centre personnel to invigilate EPA online knowledge tests.

However, it is important to ensure that any invigilator has;

  • no involvement with the apprentice(s) on programme learning
  • a declaration of no conflicts of interest between themselves and the apprentice(s)
  • is non-technical
  • an IMI PIN with invigilation rights and is attached to the apprenticeship standard

For more information on invigilation and online assessment requirements please refer to section 5.0 of the IMI Operating Manual (links on the right hand side panel).

Any other queries please see Centres Hub or contact your EQA for advice.