The L&D Consultant Business Partner apprenticeship is right for apprentices who…

  • are accountable for ensuring learning and development contributes to, and influences, improved performance in the workplace at an individual, team and organisation level
  • have the commercial responsibility to align learning needs with the strategic ambitions and objectives of the business
  • have a focus and in-depth expertise in a specific area such as organisation development, digital and blended learning, resourcing, or talent management
  • have a good grounding across all areas of learning and development, and are business and future focused
  • are agents for change, influencing key stakeholders, making decisions and recommendations on what the business can or should do in a learning and development context
  • are likely to lead on any learning and development-related elements of business projects and have the expertise and competence in a specific field whether it be technical, vocational or behavioural
  • link the work they do to the context and strategic priorities of the business and measures the outcomes and impact of any learning interventions, to demonstrate a return on investment and expectation
  • work alongside colleagues who specialise in human resources (that is, employee relations, reward, recruitment), often supported by an learning and development administrator and/or learning and development practitioner
  • report to a Senior Learning and Development Manager, Head of Department or Director

View the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan

Costs and fees

Apprenticeship Standard Level 5
EPA Fee £1,260
Funding Band £7,000
Apprenticeship Code ST0563
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 must be a real substantive piece of work which will demonstrate L&D consultancy skills and cover how you dealt with a significant issue facing the business/sector. The Professional Discussion is a two-way formal conversation between the apprentice and assessor.

The Work-Based Project is:

  • written as a formal business report 5,000 words (+/-10%)
  • submitted three weeks before the Professional Discussion

The Professional Discussion will be:

  • carried out via remote video conferencing (Zoom)
  • up to 75 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:

  • cover one or more examples from the Learning Journal on the key themes
  • last 25 minutes (+/-10%)

The Q&A session will:

  • contain five to seven open questions and further probing questions
  • last up to 35 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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