Trailblazer Apprenticeships: End Point Assessment
RAeS can provide a full End Point Assessment (EPA) service to employers within the Aeronautical sector who have apprentices already registered or registering on one of the New Apprenticeship Standard (NAS) apprenticeships. On this page you will find information to introduce you to these new apprenticeships and the End Point Assessment of apprentices by RAeS.

Which Apprenticeship Standards is RAeS registered to provide End Point Assessment for?
Engineering Technician (Level 3)
Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer (Level 4) (application pending)
Aerospace Engineer (Level 6) (application pending)
Aerospace Software Engineer (Level 6) (application pending)
Post Graduate Engineer (Level 7) (application pending)

What is the background to these new Apprenticeships?
The Trailblazer initiative was launched by the Government in 2014 to provide a framework of employer-led apprenticeships that would provide company trained, competent employees who were independently assessed to ensure equal rigour, regardless of where the apprenticeship was carried out. Aerospace and Airworthiness employers were in the first group of 6 to be invited to come together to develop Standards and their accompanying Assessment Plans for their apprentices.

RAeS was invited to join the employers’ group, together with other interested professional engineering institutions, to ensure that professional recognition would be available to successful apprentices at every level. RAeS, with its specialist experience of assessing the professional competence of Engineering Technicians and Engineers in Aerospace and Airworthiness, occupies a unique position and is now a Registered End Point Assessment Organisation, authorised to assess apprentices and quality assure employer delivered assessment.

For full details of how to register with RAeS, including fees, contact

What is End Point Assessment?
When employer and apprentice consider that the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard have been met because the on-programme training, knowledge based and experiential learning have been satisfactorily completed according to the gateway criteria, a final, independent synoptic assessment is carried out.

The EPA consists of:

  • a portfolio of evidence and qualifications
  • an Occupational Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
  • evidence of Professional Competence against the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

How do I trigger the End Point Assessment Process with RAeS?
In the first instance, you must select RAeS as your assessment organisation and register your apprentice(s) with us, ideally at the beginning of the apprenticeship but normally no later than 12 months before the EPA is required.

To register your apprentices please contact

You will be provided with comprehensive guidance regarding the documentation and procedures for EPA, including on-site advice where necessary. As an independent EPA organisation, RAeS will not participate in any on-programme training or assessment activities.

RAeS will provide you with the following to be completed by each apprentice, in preparation for EPA:

  1. Occupation Competence Validation Interview (Viva) Recording Form The apprentice references knowledge, skills and behaviours to evidence in their apprenticeship portfolio.
  2. UK-SPEC Indicator Recording Form

The apprentice records evidence against the competences as specified in the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC.

End Point Assessment is in two parts:
1. Occupation Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
Undertaken by the employer, the apprentice will attend an interview where core and occupation-specific knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship Standard will be assessed.

2. Professional competence
RAeS will assess the apprentices’ evidence of professional competence, as specified on the Engineering Council’s UK-SPEC. These require that the apprentice should be able to:

  • use engineering knowledge and understanding to apply technical and practical skills
  • contribute to the design, development, manufacture, construction, commissioning,       operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes, systems or services
  • accept and exercise personal responsibility
  • use effective communication and interpersonal skills
  •  make a personal commitment to an appropriate code of professional conduct, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment

The Occupation Competence Validation Interview (Viva)
This Viva interview is conducted by the employer who will provide interviewers who are technical experts in the apprenticeship field, but, to ensure independence, have neither taken part in the delivery of the apprenticeship nor the direct management or supervision of the apprentice.

The purpose of the Viva is to will seek to confirm that the apprentice has acquired the knowledge, skills and behaviours listed in the Apprenticeship Standard, using the Occupational Competence Interview (Viva) Recording Form where the apprentice has referenced the evidence provided in their portfolio.

The areas to be explored by the interviewers are:

  • Application of Skills and Knowledge
  • Personal Commitment and Self Discipline
  • Organisational Quality and Compliance
  • Working with Others
  • Professional Development

The interviewers will complete a report of the interview and forward it together with the apprentice’s UK-SPEC Indicator Recording Form to RAeS

Professional Competence assessment
RAeS will appoint two professionally registered and trained assessors to review the apprentice’s UK-SPEC Indicator Recording Form and the employer’s report on the Viva interview, seeking to establish that sufficient, valid and reliable evidence has been provided to demonstrate to their satisfaction that the professional competence requirements have been met by the apprentice.

Quality Assurance of EPA
As a Registered EPA organisation, RAeS is required to carry out quality assurance of both parts of EPA process to ensure standard procedures are set and maintained for both occupational and professional competence. This will involve:

  • providing training for the employer-designated interviewers to carry out Occupational Competence Validation Interviews
  • maintaining a register of employer-designated interviewers, who are approved to undertake the Occupational Competence Validation Interview.
  • providing guidance to apprentices on gathering professional competence evidence
  • supplying the Occupational Competence Interview (Viva) Recording Form and supporting guidance
  • supplying the Professional Competence Indicators Recording Form and supporting guidance
  • maintaining a register of RAeS assessors to carry out the assessment of professional competence
  • monitoring the performance of RAeS assessors who carry out the assessment of professional competence

Independent, external quality assurance for RAeS processes and procedures is provided by the Engineering Council.

For more information on End Point Assessment or the new Apprenticeship Standards, please contact us at

End Point Assessment Registration Number with the Institute for Apprenticeships: EPA0084