The HR Consultant Partner apprenticeship is right for apprentices who…

  • use their HR expertise to provide and lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenge
  • give tailored advice to the business in a number of HR areas typically to mid-level and senior managers
  • may have a generalist role, where they provide support across a range of HR areas likely to be the Core HR option
  • may have a specialist role, where they focus on and have in depth expertise in a specific area of HR likely to be Resourcing, Total Reward, Organisation Development, or HR Operations
  • have a good grounding across the whole range of HR disciplines
  • make decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a specific situation
  • influence managers to change their thinking as well as bringing best practice into the organisation
  • lead the people related elements of business or HR projects
  • link the work to the context and priorities of the business
  • may have responsibility for managing people

View the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan

The Level 5 People Professional standard replaces this apprenticeship and went live on 28th September 2023.

Costs and fees

Apprenticeship Standard Level 5
EPA Fee £1,260
Funding Band £7,000
Apprenticeship Code ST0238
Typical On Programme Duration 18 Months
EPA Duration 3 Months

Gateway requirements

The apprentice is ready for EPA when they have:

  • been on the programme for a minimum of one year
  • achieved at least Level 2 in Maths and English
  • achieved the CIPD Level 5 qualification mandated for this standard
  • completed the Consultative Project Scope and Declaration Form
  • signed the Certification Claim Authorisation Form

Consultative Project

The Consultative Project is a real work project completed as part of the apprentice’s role. The Consultative Project should be completed once the apprentice has passed through Gateway and should enable the apprentice to present evidence against all components of the standard allocated to this assessment method. The Consultative Project is:

  • a written report of 5,000 words (+/-10%)
  • completed over 10 weeks
  • submitted one week before the Professional Discussion

Professional Discussion

The Professional Discussion is a structured conversation led by the assessor. The apprentice will need to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours components allocated to this assessment method. The Professional Discussion will be:

  • completed one week after the submission of the Consultative Project
  • carried out via video conferencing (Zoom)
  • up to 75 minutes (+/-10%)

Guidance and resources

The CIPD have created resources which include how to guides, templates and policies. These resources are designed to support apprentices, employers and training providers when preparing for EPA.


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 Professional Discussion

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

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End Point Assessment resources

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