BCS is a registered apprenticeship assessment organisation

We're dedicated to the digital IT industries and the very first to deliver the EPA process from start to finish for the new digital IT apprenticeship standards.

How to prepare for EPA

As your apprentice nears the end of their training, you’ll decide when they are ready to be assessed.

The EPA process allows your apprentice to show what they’ve learnt, how they understand their role and the knowledge they’ve picked up so far. It's made up of the following elements:

Summative portfolio

Your apprentice will create a portfolio throughout the programme which includes evidence of their best work and demonstrates their knowledge, skills and behaviours in the real working environment.

Synoptic project

Your apprentice is required to complete a business-related project over 3-5 days, away from their normal place of work and in a controlled environment.

In most cases we'll offer a choice of work-based scenarios allowing you to select the most appropriate project.

Employer reference

You'll need to write a reference about your apprentice's performance in the workplace and how they've applied their knowledge, skills and behaviours.


Following our review of your apprentice's portfolio, project and employer reference, we'll arrange a final interview with your apprentice. We'll be looking for further evidence to establish their final grade - pass, merit or distinction.

The interview usually lasts between one to two hours.

Choosing your EPA organisation

EPA needs to be carried out by an independent assessor, someone who doesn’t work for you or your training provider.

We assess all 13 digital IT apprenticeship standards and our assessors are industry experts recruited from our professional membership community. They are trained to put your apprentices at ease and get the best out of them.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about digital IT apprenticeships or end point assessment, our dedicated apprenticeship team are happy to help.