The People Professional apprenticeship is right for apprentices who…

  • play a key role in supporting the business to meet its strategic objectives by driving forward the People agenda
  • responsible for various activities from attracting, recruiting, developing, and retaining talent, managing payroll and benefits, supporting positive employee relations, and ensuring compliance with employment law
  • give specific advice and coaching on the interpretation of applicable policies and employment law to the business
  • support on people related elements of business projects
  • support managers and leaders to implement their people strategies
  • Use data to provide insights into people trends and issues and creating solutions to deal with them
  • Keep up to date with emerging thinking and people trends

View the full Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan

Costs and fees 

Apprenticeship Standard Level 5
EPA Fee £1,980*
Funding Band £11,000
Apprenticeship Code ST0238
Typical On Programme Duration 22 Months
EPA Duration 3 Months

*This fee is indicative and will be finalised following an assessment trial.

Gateway requirements

The apprentice is ready for EPA when they have:

  • achieved English and mathematics at Level 2 or above
  • passed the required units from the CIPD L5 Associate Diploma in People Management
  • written and prepared a presentation scoping brief
  • written and prepared a portfolio of evidence

Presentation with Questions

The Presentation should be completed once the apprentice has passed through Gateway. The presentation should enable apprentices to present evidence against all the grading descriptors in this assessment method. The Presentation with questioning is: 

  • 50 minutes: 20 minutes (approximately) for the presentation and 30 minutes (approximately) for the questioning
  • Produced during a 4 week window
  • Delivered over a video call on the day of assessment'

Professional Discussion

The professional discussion is a structured conversation led by the assessor and underpinned by the apprentice's portfolio of evidence. The Professional discussion will enable apprentices to provide evidence against all the grading descriptors in this assessment method. The Professional Discussion is:

  • 75 Minutes
  • A structured conversation that follows a consistent format
  • Delivered over a video call on the day of assessment

Integrated Unit 5CO03

The integrated unit is assessed as part of the qualification during the EPA period. It is assessed by the study centre. It will follow the assessment structure and rules of the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management.  Unit achievement must not be claimed by the study centre until after the apprentice has attempted the other two assessment methods.

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 grading descriptor. The outcome of the EPA will be based on the results in the Presentation with Questions, Professional Discussion underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence and 5CO03 Integrated Unit. 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.

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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