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SIAS End Point Assessment Tests

Competence Evaluation Log

The employer must enrol the apprentice with SIAS at the start of their apprenticeship. SIAS will then send a competence evaluation log (CEL) to the employer or their nominated training provider. The CEL is securely marked and has been allocated to the named apprentice for their use only. The CEL should be kept safe as it will need to be presented to SIAS at the end of the apprenticeship. The competence evaluation log should be issued to the apprentice by the employer or their nominated training provider.

The CEL is a summary record of the evaluation of competence that occurs throughout the apprentice’s training.  The competence statements used in the CEL are taken from the work-based learning guide for the apprenticeship standard. Each competence statement must be signed off. The employer may choose to use whoever they wish to do this.

For each competence statement, the CEL will record if the evaluation was through direct observation or on the job discussion, the evidence source, date, assessor organisation, assessor and signature.

The CEL is not a portfolio of evidence. It does not contain the detail of how the apprentice was assessed or the evidence from the assessment. This detailed information might be held, for example, in a learner management system or company training records. SIAS does not need to see this information. It is considered to be part of the training process and therefore out of scope for the end assessment process.  The CEL merely shows SIAS that someone has confirmed the apprentice’s competence.

At the end of the training once the CEL is complete and the employer is satisfied that the individual is vocationally competent a SIAS registered assessor will review the CEL to make sure it has been completed and will sign it to validate it. The validated CEL then triggers the end point assessment process.  The SIAS registered assessor must be impartial and must be on the SIAS assessor register.

End point assessment tests

There are four components to end point assessment, a review of the behaviours evaluation log and three assessment tests. The assessment tests will be used to determine if the apprentice should receive the apprenticeship award

Synoptic Assessment Test (for level 3 standards)

The purpose of the Synoptic Assessment Test is to validate the apprentice’s competence by observing him/her carrying out his/her job role in a normal working environment under normal conditions. For some standards, the employer will be asked to select a SAT to suit the assessment context.

Workplace synoptic project presentation (for higher level standards)

The workplace synoptic project presentation will be based on a summary report prepared by the apprentice and submitted in advance to an end assessment panel. The summary report and the presentation will be graded.  The summary report should be in the form of a primary journal article. The scope of the presentation is described in the assessment specification for the apprenticeship standard.

Vocational competence discussion

The vocational competence discussion will cover the whole apprenticeship standard. It also provides the opportunity for presentation of evidence to support specific elements from the standard that it may not have been possible to demonstrate during the other tests. As the discussion will be graded, Trailblazer employers have highlighted the areas of a standard where the apprentice may wish to provide evidence to contribute to grading. These are described in the assessment specification for the apprenticeship standard.

Scenario Case study

The case study will describe a scenario where the apprentice has to carry out an activity in an existing or new setting. Whilst the apprentice will not be expected to know this particular scenario they will be expected to demonstrate the correct approach to ensure their work is conducted safely, using appropriate techniques, procedures and methods and appropriate personal protective equipment to achieve the  specified outcome. The apprentice will be provided with a description of the scenario, which may be a narrative or a video and they will have to respond to situational analysis questions.