As an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) we’re Ofqual-recognised and have been considered as outstanding overall by our External Quality Assurance Provider (EQAP).

We deliver End Point Assessment (EPA) for five standards from level 3 to level 7. 

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, on apprenticeships

Apprenticeship journey

We work closely with employers, apprentices and training providers to deliver successful apprenticeship outcomes.


The apprentice is registered with a training provider who completes the initial assessment and makes sure the apprentice understands their journey. The employer chooses the End Point Assessment Organisation.

To choose a training provider and complete your apprenticeship, please review the Apprenticeship Provider and Assessment Register (APAR) accessible via the Government website.

On programme

The apprentice learns the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) needed to be occupationally competent. The apprentice, training provider and employer have regular progress reviews.


The apprentice, training provider and employer discuss readiness for the End Point Assessment (EPA). The employer confirms the apprentice is occupationally competent and the apprentice or training provider submits the Gateway evidence. The CIPD confirm all necessary documentation has been submitted and book in the EPA.

End Point Assessment

The apprentice has the opportunity to demonstrate their competence and showcase the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs) that they’ve developed throughout their apprenticeship. The apprentice’s evidence is assessed against the standard by a friendly and supportive CIPD assessor.


Results are released approximately two to three weeks after the End Point Assessment with a helpful feedback report. The CIPD requests the apprenticeship certificate from IfATE on the apprentice’s behalf.

Costs and fees

Find out more about costs and fees related to our End Point Assessment services.

Why choose the CIPD for End Point Assessment?

As the only professional body in the world that can confer individual Chartered status on people professionals, we set professional standards and provide the expertise to drive the people profession forward.

Employers and training providers choose us as their EPAO because of our commitment to quality.

Dedicated team

Our dedicated EPA team are on hand to support throughout the apprenticeship journey. Email us at 

Expert assessors

Our assessors are knowledgeable, friendly and supportive and have extensive expertise in HR and L&D. All our assessors are members of the CIPD and demonstrate our values of being customer first, collaborative, expert, impactful and innovative.

Guidance and resources

Our guidance and resources are designed to support apprentices and training providers to understand the requirements of EPA and make sure apprentices are set up for success.

CIPD Membership

We’re the career partner of over 160,000 people professionals across the world. Completing your EPA will make you eligible to join this growing and vibrant community.

Use this apprentice application form to join CIPD membership following an apprenticeship.

  To understand the route to come into membership, please review this document  

"We are proud to work with the CIPD as our End Point Assessment Organisation. Our relationship brings so much value to our teams and our apprentices, supporting our vision to be a destination employer."


Here’s just a few of the employers and training providers that have chosen to partner with the CIPD as their EPAO.

Apprenticeship standards we assess

As the professional body for the people profession, the CIPD has huge experience in assessing professional standards for HR, L&D and OD

End Point Assessment resources

Support materials equipping you for success

Costs and fees

Costs and fees related to apprenticeship programmes.