The L&D Practitioner apprenticeship is right for apprentices who…

  • are involved with identifying learning/training needs, designing/sourcing training and learning solutions
  • deliver and evaluate training
  • have expertise and competence in their specific field whether it be technical, vocational or behavioural
  • are future focused, understand the business context/culture and have a good grounding across the whole training and learning cycles
  • support the learning and development (L&D) function to contribute to, and influence, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level
  • work alongside colleagues who specialise in Human Resources (that is, employee relations, reward, recruitment) often supported by an L&D Administrator (more junior role) and report to an L&D Business Partner/Consultant/Manager

View the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan

Costs and fees

Apprenticeship Standard Level 3
EPA Fee £1,080
Funding Band £6,000
Apprenticeship Code ST0562
Typical On Programme Duration 18 Months
EPA Duration 5 Months


Gateway requirements

The apprentice is ready for EPA when they have:

  • been on programme for a minimum of 372 days
  • achieved at least Level 2 English and Maths
  • completed their Learning Journal
  • completed a Work-Based Project Plan
  • signed the Apprentice Consent Form

EPA1 – Work-Based Project with Professional Discussion

The Work-Based Project will be a real piece of work which will cover all aspects of the learning cycle including delivery of the actual developed learning solution. The Professional Discussion is a two-way structured conversation between the apprentice and assessor.

The work-based project is:

  • written as an executive summary report 2,250 words (+/-10%)
  • submitted three weeks before the Professional Discussion

The Professional Discussion will be:

  • carried out via video conferencing (Zoom)
  • up to 60 minutes (+/-10%)

EPA2 – Presentation and Q&A based on the Learning Journal

The apprentice will deliver a Presentation on key points from the Learning Journal followed by a Q&A session.

The Presentation will:

  • last 20 minutes (+/-10%)
  • cover three of the apprentice’s best competency-based examples from their Learning Journal

The Q&A session will:

  • contain three to five open questions and further probing questions
  • last 25 minutes (+/-10%)

Guidance and resources

The CIPD have created a L&D toolkit which contains templates, CIPD EPA policies and guidance documents.


Once the EPA is finished the assessor will review the evidence provided and make a judgement against each component of the standard. The outcome of the EPA will be based on the results in both assessment methods.

The results will be uploaded:

  • on the EPA platform SmartEPA
  • with qualitative feedback
  • two to three weeks after the EPA2 Presentation and Q&A based on the Learning Journal

The CIPD will apply for the Apprenticeship certificate from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) on behalf of all apprentices who successfully complete EPA.

More information on results

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

Roles and responsibilities

As the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), we are responsible for delivering robust and accurate assessments. Find out about the responsibilities of apprentices, training providers and employers

End Point Assessment resources

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