Level 4 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Practitioner

Level 4 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Practitioner

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 Portfolio of Evidence and Work Based Project which covers the standard. The EPA consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • 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 the Academy4PM for the EPA of their learner, the Employer will be required to complete and submit the Academy4PM EPA Application Form which activates the EPA process and initiates EPA for the Apprentice.

    • 02. Submission

      The EPA requires the submission of the Portfolio of Evidence 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.
      The project report is compiled and delivered after the apprentice has gone through Gateway and completed the work-based project. The work-based project should be designed to ensure that the apprentice’s work meets the needs of the CR&S employer, is relevant to their role and allows the relevant KSBs to be demonstrated for the EPA. Therefore, the project’s subject, title and scope will be agreed between the apprentice, the employer and Academy4PM at Gateway. The employer will ensure it has real CR&S application and Academy4PM will ensure it meets the requirements of the EPA (including suitable coverage of the KSBs assigned to this assessment method). Academy4PM will sign-off the project title to confirm its suitability prior to the project commencing.

    • 03. Review

      The project report and PoE are reviewed by our IQA for completeness. The assessor, once selected and any identified conflicts of interest have been resolved, will review the PoE and will form the basis of the Professional Discussion which is the first part of the EPA. Once the Work-Based Project has been completed (up to 30 days in the 16 week period after the project has been agreed), the Apprentice will submit a project report. The Assessor will review the project report and from this, will develop questions to use in the second part of the EPA which will be the Project presentation followed by a Q&A session.

    • 04. Panel

      The assessor will be an 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 professional discussion must last for 60 minutes. The independent assessor has the discretion to increase the time of the professional discussion by up to 10% to allow the apprentice to complete their last answer. The professional discussion will be conducted as set out here: The professional discussion will be underpinned by the portfolio completed by the apprentice during the on-programme phase of the apprenticeship. This is a two-way discussion, and the independent assessor will seek to gain assurance of the apprentice’s competency by questioning. The independent assessor will ask a minimum of 10 questions. Apprentices will be expected to use examples from their portfolio to support their answers. Apprentices will undertake a project in the form of conducting research, planning and delivering the work, and writing a project report. They will then present their findings in the form of a report and presentation. The project report will have a word limit of 5,000 words, with a tolerance of +/-10% (at the discretion of the apprentice).
      The presentation with questions and answers component of the assessment method will last for a total of 45 minutes, broken down as follows: The presentation will typically last for 20 minutes. The independent assessor has the discretion to increase the time of the presentation by up to 10% to allow the apprentice to complete their last point. Ordinarily, the independent assessor will remain silent throughout the presentation. After the presentation, the independent assessor will typically have 25 minutes of questioning during which they must ask a minimum of 6 questions.

    Academy4PM End Point Assessment Process

    Final Outcome

    All EPA methods must be passed for the EPA to be passed overall. To achieve a pass overall, the apprentice must achieve a pass in both assessment methods by achieving all pass criteria. To achieve a distinction overall, the apprentice must achieve a distinction in both assessment methods by achieving all pass criteria and the stated number of distinction criteria. Grades from individualassessment methods should be combined in the following way to determine the grade of the EPA as a whole:
    CRSP Grading

    Re-Assessment

    If the Apprentice does not achieve initial EPA, detailed feedback on Learning Areas for improvement will be provided to the Apprentice (via the Employer) by the Lead 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 the 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 Assessors 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 new Assessors.

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