Whatever your reasons for thinking about becoming an End Point Assessor, and whether you’re looking to do it full time or alongside another role, changing direction or beginning a new career can seem a bit daunting. We’re here to help you think about your starting point and the journey you’re about to undertake with our ten steps below.
1. Assess your Occupational Competence
A major requirement, if not the major requirement, of being an EPA is having occupational competence. It needs to be relevant to the role and industry sector you are thinking of assessing, to the right level (you need to have worked at or above the role you want to assess) and for the right duration (depending on End Point Assessment Organisation, the minimum can vary from two to five years).
Think carefully about what industry experience you have to bring to the table and the areas within it which may be relevant or useful in terms of assessing someone else’s occupational competence. After all, that is the job role, to assess whether someone has met the standards necessary to begin working in that role/ industry. If you have any experience in a mentor, assessor or training capacity, make a note of that and what was involved in the experience.
2. Look at the Standards and Assessment Plans
The next step is to think carefully about the assessment standards/ areas you wish to be an assessor for. The information within the description of the standards and the assessment plans for apprenticeships and traineeships are where you will find out what you will need to have experience and knowledge of, what you will be observing for and the methods with which you will assess others.
This is need-to-know information and it is vital for deciding what you are going to be an assessor of, as well as for interviews, job applications and the actual assessment process.
3. Look at EPAOs and their Requirements
Different organisations have different requirements for their EPAs so make sure to take note not only which industry areas and standards they assess, but their requirements. This might be a difference in the amount of years’ experience that you have, or it could be regarding qualifications, access to a car, distance you will be expected to cover, and so on.
It is well worth having a look around at a few different organisations, not only to match your experience and interests up but also to gather information to help inform the next two points.
4. Look into Training Options
You may or may not already have an assessor qualification, but even if you do, many EPAOs differ regarding which qualifications they prefer their EPAs to have, if any. Training may be something you wish to know about and you’ll need to decide what sort of training are you looking for.
Some EPAs offer training, access to qualifications or support while you study, and some don’t. As previously mentioned, some EPAOs have different requirements regarding prior training and qualifications so you will need to make sure you are choosing the appropriate course – for more information, why don’t you take a look at our blog on the qualifications for EPAs? Best For Training, Highfield and SDN are some of the top providers for assessor courses.
5. Decide if you Want to Work for an EPAO or Freelance
This is an important decision because if you’re going to work freelance, you will need to think about whether you’re going to set yourself up as a sole provider or a limited company and make sure that you set everything up correctly.
While a lot of work is available for freelance EPAs, EPAOs such as City and Guilds, Innovative Awarding and NCFE are still advertising for assessors.
6. Seek Advice
If you haven’t already, make sure to talk through your options and decisions with someone in the know. Double check you have weighed everything up, taken everything into consideration and haven’t missed something. Advice and guidance could come from colleagues or friends you know who are or work with EPAs, or organisations such as Bolt.
7. Update Everything!
Now it’s time to get that CV dusted off and updated, edit your LinkedIn profile and status, think about what you’re going to say on a covering letter or in a personal statement, etc. Make sure you have all your necessary information to hand and double-check those certificates and references.
8. Register with eparegister.com
Eparegister.com is a handy website designed solely for connecting EPAs with EPAOs. It lets you set up a profile so EPAOs can find you, as well as advertising available roles and keeping you informed about recent news. It should be your first port of call when you’re ready to begin looking for work.
10. Prepare for interview
Time for that next test – the interview. Check out our blogs on tips for interview success or follow your own prepping system, but make sure you’re as ready as you can be for the big day and good luck!