By now, you’ll be familiar with the new apprenticeship standards that are used predominantly across the board. Together with the increased number and range of apprenticeship options, the demand for EPAs has increased significantly. If you’re considering switching careers or would like to find an independent EPA role, you may be thinking ‘Where do I start?’.
What is an independent EPA?
An Independent End-point Assessor is responsible for end-point assessment activities under the conditions set by the industry-specific standard. Their role is to assess an apprentice’s competence through assessments, discussions, visits, exams, and portfolios. To be considered for a role you’ll ideally need:
- A wealth of experience in your field
- A valid assessor qualification (the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement is the most highly regarded.)
- A relevant qualification that validates your experience
- An IQA qualification
If you don’t meet at least some of these requirements, it’s unlikely that your CV will stand out amongst the other candidates, so take the time to get the right qualifications under your belt. This way you’ll have the best chance of securing an Independent EPA Job.
How to search for an Independent EPA Job
Once you have understood the requirements, the next step is to search for the best role for you. Here are some of the best places to start:
Our platform provides a user-friendly way to find a variety of jobs across the UK. You can visit our job search page to easily search for a job in your industry and set up alerts so you’re the first to hear when relevant EPA jobs are added to our site. The EPA platform connects you with EPO’s and makes it easy for you to search, apply for, and secure your next EPA role.
End Point Assessment Organisations
An End Point Assessment Organisations (EPO) is independent of the awarding body and ensure every apprentice receives the same standards. There is a government list of End Point Assessment Organisations where potential applicants can find approved organisations. Awarding Bodies, Training Providers, and Professional Bodies can become EPAOs, and only registered organisations can carry out independent end point assessments. It is particularly good for very niche apprenticeship subjects and is easy to use.
Working as a freelance EPA is another route into the field. Freelance EPAs are highly sought after as they can be hired on-demand and aren’t subject to the same HR expenses. You’ll have flexibility around when and where you work as well as getting a great rate of pay too.
It may seem obvious but searching online is a quick way to get thousands of job results. The key is combing through them to find what’s recent and relevant. Type your specific requirements into Google and look for jobs from reputable sources with detailed job descriptions and recent posting dates. LinkedIn and Job sites are also great tools to find EPA jobs online.
We wish you the best of luck with your search!
The EPA hub team are here to help you find your next EPA role. Simply get in touch and we’ll be happy to provide more information, signpost to resources, and answer any questions.