External Quality Assurance (EQA) monitors the End Point Assessment that apprentices undertake at the end of their apprenticeship, to ensure that it is fair, consistent and robust across different apprenticeship standards and between different assessment organisations. EQA ensures that End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) all work to a high standard and that an apprentice would get the same result from their EPA regardless of the EPAO. EQA also ensures the apprenticeship standard and end-point assessment plan are fit-for-purpose and actually delivering the outcomes that are required.

The Institute oversees EQA delivery to ensure that EQA is robust and carried out consistently across EQA providers. 


1. Who can carry out EQA?

There are four options that a trailblazer can choose to deliver EQA for a standard:

  • an employer led model
  • a professional body
  • Ofqual
  • the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

You can view a register of organisations approved to carry out EQA and their approaches to EQA.

2. EQA Framework

The EQA Framework sets out how apprenticeship EPAs must be externally quality assured.

It sets out what good practice in EPA looks like, and what EQA providers should look out for to be confident this has happened. The resulting improved clarity to EPA and EQA providers will ensure consistency with how assessments are delivered across the country.

Download a copy of EQA Framework 

Download a copy of EQA Framework Vision 

Download a copy of EQA manual