EPA - Train Driver (Level 3) Apprenticeship

End-Point Assessment Services

A professional and independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) service delivering the “Train Driver (Level 3) End-Point Assessment plan (ST0645), expertly delivered by Rail Professional Development (RPD) for the Railway Sector that you can rely on.

July 2023 update: ANNOUNCEMENT

Rail Professional Development achieves EPAO status.

As a leading provider of consultancy and training services for over 30 years, we are delighted to announce that we have been granted the status of End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) by the governing body Ofqual and as such, we will soon be recognised officially on the EPAO directory.

Our continual commitment to upholding rigorous standards in assessment and certification within our industry, has been fundamental in achieving this prestigious award.

This Ofqual recognition underscores our expertise, credibility and dedication in providing both fair, robust and reliable assessments that accurately measure the skills and competencies of apprentices. It also confirms that employers and apprentices can trust in RPD to deliver in our usual friendly, customer-focused manner.

We are very happy to be able to move forward with what we do best - and that is providing the highest quality assessment and customer service experience we possibly can for all employers and Level 3 Train Driver apprentices.

For more information, please contact info@rpd.co.uk or call 01268 822842

We became a registered End-Point Assessment Organisation in 2019, our End-Point Assessment service provides an expert and independent service for the Train Driving (Level 3) Apprenticeship (ST0645)

As a leading Railway consultancy organisation, we have been operating for nearly 30 years and have provided unrivalled expertise within our field. We provide innovative, simple and cost-efficient solutions for competence management and assessment related activities to the rail industry.

Why Choose our service

Offering End-Point Assessments to the rail industry is our commitment to supporting and recognising the value of apprenticeships in the UK, we are extremely proud of this. We provide a first class and robust End-Point Assessment service by using simple, efficient, and effective methods of EPA delivery. We can offer cost neutral solutions with the added value of knowing that our people are industry professionals with a thorough knowledge of Railway Operations.

Below are just a few reasons why you should choose RPD as your EPAO


  • Receive High quality resources and materials that support you through the entire EPA process (Assure and EPA booking site).
  • High quality Assessors who hold a Train Driving Licence and Complimentary certificate.


  • Receive dedicated support and advice from our team who are always on hand.


  • Benefit from our significant and long-standing expertise in the sector
  • Receive a high level of service from experienced industry Assessors who will ensure that your apprentices meet both nationally recognised and occupational standards.

What is involved with the EPA?

Each apprenticeship standard has its own assessment plan, which specifies the assessment methods that must be used

How much does it cost?

Due to the cost-efficient way in which we undertake End-Point Assessments, we are able to charge significantly less that the maximum funding allowance fee for the train driver apprenticeship. Therefore, we are very competitively priced within the market, meaning you as the training provider will benefit from a higher return from your apprenticeship levy for delivering the initial training.

If you would like to find out more, please contact our EPA team on 01268 822842 or email info@rpd.co.uk

How do I know if my apprentice is ready?

A formal review between the employer, apprentice and the training provider will take place at the Employer Gateway stage.

Train Driver (Level3) End-Point Assessment plan (ST0645) states the minimum period to gateway is 12 months.

How do I know your assessors are a high quality?

All of our Assessors are highly experienced and operationally competent as Train Drivers, they maintain their competence with Train and Freight Organisations and also assess Train Drivers within the UK.

Each Assessor has undergone a rigorous selection process and completed training in order to deliver an End-Point Assessment. We also invest in each of the Assessors ‘Continual Professional Development ‘(CPD), to ensure that each Assessors’ knowledge is up to date with the latest quality standards.

About RPD

With a huge portfolio of success in the rail specialist fields of competence management, operational management and training, RPD strive to ensure common sense and effectiveness is built into everything so it works in practice, not just in theory.

RPD have front line experience of these important rail training and line management roles along with the mindset and skills that make all the difference. For more than two decades, we have worked alongside many rail organisations to develop wholly relevant rail managers’ competencies and professional development programmes.