There will be an extension to the transition period for moving external quality assurance (EQA) for EPA to Ofqual.
End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) now have until July 1st to make a formal application to Ofqual. They will then have until December 16th to complete the recognition process.
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) announced the extension on 26th February. With the challenges of COVID-19 and the national lockdown slowing the application process, the Institute and Ofqual have updated the transition timeline accordingly.
EQA for over 260 standards will move from the Institute to Ofqual. EPAOs for these standards will need to secure recognition from Ofqual before the deadline to continue as an assessment organisation.
Once complete, the transition – which was first announced in August 2020 – will simplify the EPA EQA process.
Tom Bewick, chief executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), said: “We believe firmly in the role that coherent regulation and continuous quality improvement can play in securing a better programme experience for apprentices and employers. Ensuring EPAOs can all operate on a level regulatory playing field in future, meeting the same high quality bar, is more important to us than trying to complete the process in some arbitrary fashion.”
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As an active EPAO, we have already submitted our application and are currently awaiting a response.
We built our EPA service on the foundation of delivering high-quality remote assessment. With remote work coming to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic, our expertise in the area has proved invaluable to our clients.
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