End-Point Assessment (EPA)

Approved Independent End-Point Assessment Provider

SFJ Awards is the trusted and independent End-Point Assessment Organisation of choice for public and private sector apprenticeships.

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What is End-Point Assessment?

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the final stage of an apprenticeship and it tests the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has gained during their training. It must be delivered by an organisation that has not been involved in the delivery of the training itself, and that is an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO).

Why choose us as your EPAO?

Supportive and helpful

Supporting the employer and apprentice throughout their end-point assessment journey

Independent and trusted

Completely independent from apprenticeship employers and training providers

Industry leading experts

Industry leading experts in fire and rescue sector apprenticeships

“SFJ Awards independent assessors are an excellent team of highly motivated professionals that fully support the apprentices through their EPA journey. Thank you all for your hard work and excellent collaborative approach to EPA, it is a pleasure working with you all.”

– Joanne Penhaligan, Head of Quality Assurance and Apprenticeships, Babcock International Group

“We were so impressed with the End-Point Assessment Service provided by SFJ Awards. The team supported us throughout the whole EPA journey, were always at the end of a phone for any queries and worked collaboratively with us and our employer to ensure that everything ran smoothly. We were so pleased with the work of the Independent Assessors from SFJ Awards, they were warm and friendly and made our apprentices feel at ease. I would highly recommend SFJ Awards as an End-Point Assessment Organisation, their approach is second to none.”

– Louise Perkins, Subject Area Manager, Weston College

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Our sectors and specialisms

SFJ Awards is an approved Independent EPAO for a number of public and private sector Apprenticeship Standards, including:

Fire and Rescue

Custodial Care

Policing and Anti-Social Behaviour

Emergency Services including Health


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EPA frequently asked questions

Want to know the answers to our most frequently asked EPA-related questions? Simply explore our FAQs.

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Talk to the experts

To start preparing your EPA strategy, get in touch with our expert team.

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Further information and guidance

Guidance for employers

We want to make sure that, as an apprenticeship employer, you receive the best possible guidance and support throughout your EPA journey.

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Apprentice information hub

A hub for exclusive materials to help support you throughout your apprenticeship and end-point assessment.

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How to become an independent assessor

Learn how you can become an Independent Assessor with SFJ Awards.

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Workplace Apprenticeship Co-ordinator from the Fire & Rescue sector said:

“The support from SFJ Awards was exceptional from start to finish. Not just the final two days of EPA, but all the preparation work that was provided by Kit Salt, Nichola Gutteridge and the bookings team, which helped us even before we were entering the EPA process. They supported us to understand what to expect, how to get the best out of our apprentices and this was a massive help.

“Some scenarios were adapted to suit our needs, facility and equipment, which was great as the team understood one scenario will not fit all services. Throughout the process this seemed like a personalised package just for us. It was the perfect way to finish off our apprentices’ journey.”


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