Level 3 Improvement Technician

Level 3 Improvement Technician

The EPA is designed to enable Apprentices and demonstrate that they are fully conversant in the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected of individuals at this level. It is also designed to provide assessors with a holistic view of the apprentice's capability, and to allow them to assess to what extent the apprentice meets or exceeds the apprenticeship standard.

End Point Assessment

Teaching

Having completed a minimum 12 months on programme training, the apprentice will have presented a Project Portfolio and Logbook which covers the standard. The EPA consists of three distinct assessment methods:

  • Multiple choice examination to assess the knowledge elements of the standard.
  • Project report, presentation and questioning to holistically assess knowledge, skills and behaviours across the standard.
  • Professional Discussion to holistically assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours across the standard.
  • 01. Application

    Once the Employer has decided to use Academy4PM for the EPA for their learner, the employer will be required to complete and submit the Academy4PM EPA Application Form. This will activate the EPA process and initiates the EPA for the apprentice.

  • 02. Submission

    The EPA requires the submission of the Project Report and Logbook by the apprentice to Academy4PM between 1 week and 1 month prior to the EPA date in electronic form. If the apprentice wishes to submit a full paper-based copy of the documents, 3 copies will be need to be provided. Delivery dates are agreed in advance between the employer (or their representative) and us.

  • 03. Review

    The project report and Logbook are reviewed by our IQA for completeness. The assessor, once selected and any identified conflicts of interest have been resolved, will review the project report and logbook during this period. Questions will be generated for the presentation and professional discussion based on the report and logbook.

  • 04. Panel

    The assessor will be and individual who demonstrates:

    • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the apprenticeship standard
    • The ability to contextualise the relevant work-based project(s)
    • Current, relevant occupational knowledge and expertise, which has been gained through “hands on” experience in the profession within the last 5 years.

    The Academy4PM assessor will have the final decision on grading.

  • 05. Assessment

    The Multiple-Choice Examination will consist of 40 knowledge-based questions and be time limited to 40 minutes. The examination will comply with Academy4PM’s invigilation policy.

    The Project Report Presentation and Questioning will consist of a presentation by the apprentice which will last 30-40 minutes and questioning by an independent assessor for 25-35 minutes. There is a maximum time limit of 75 minutes.

    The Professional Discussion will consist of questions which will be generated based on the results of the review of the log. The professional discussion will last for a maximum of 45-50 minutes.

    The audience of the presentation, questioning and professional discussion must include one employer representative.

Final Outcome

Once the Assessor has concluded the Apprentices Professional Discussion, the Assessor will review and finalise their marks and provide the Academy4PM with an overall grading recommendation. Each assessment method will be individually graded – fail, pass merit, distinction. A fail in one or more of the assessment methods will result in an overall fail in the EPA. Points will be awarded for each grade as follows:

The points achieved for each method will be multiplied in line with the weighting of the assessment method in terms of its contribution to the EPA/apprenticeship grade, as follows:

Accordingly, the minimum score attainable is “pass” in all three methods = 100. The maximum score attainable with “distinction” in all three methods = 300. Boundaries for the overall pass, merit or distinction are set as follows, with “merit” being set at 50-79% of the range and distinction being set at 80% or greater of the range.

30 Marks

Pass

50-79 Marks

Merit

80-100 Marks

Distinction

Re-Assessment

If the apprentice does not achieve initial EPA, detailed feedback on criteria for improvement will be provided to the Apprentice (via Employer) by the Assessor with the end result.

If the Apprentice feels that they can address the areas for improvement identified and feels confident that a quick re-submission would be beneficial, the Employer may request Academy4PM to undertake a re-assessment of the Apprentice based on the previous submission. This must be undertaken within three months of the initial assessment. In this case, the Assessor will only focus on the areas where the apprentice required improvement.

The Assessor is provided by the Academy4PM and will be undertaken via video conferencing facilities. Any re-assessment after 3 months will require a new EPA to be undertaken with a new assessor.”

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