End Point Assessment

Construction Plant Operative

Construction Plant Operative

  • Reference Code: ST0736
  • Level: 2
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 15 months


This occupation is found in Construction, Infrastructure and the Built Environment. The broad purpose of the occupation is to check, prepare and operate a number of construction machines (known as plant) that is used onsite in the construction sector including on railways, demolition and utility works (water/gas/electricity supply).

Occupational role

Typical job titles include: Machine Driver Machine driver; Equipment operator; Plant operator; Dozer operator; Concrete pump operator; Dump truck operator. Note: each of these titles is supported by the machine type e.g.360 excavator operators.


Maximum £14,000

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.


The apprenticeship includes core knowledge, skills and behaviours required to undertake the work of a Construction Plant Operative.

End Point Assessment

Overview of assessment

The end point assessment covers all of the skills, knowledge and behaviours in the Standard. It will take place using independent assessors appointed by QFI and the methods shown below:

Practical Assessment

Apprentices will be observed by an assessor completing 7 practical demonstrations in which they will demonstrate the KSBs assigned to this assessment method. They will be carried out over a total assessment time of 5 hours and 30 minutes and may be split and delivered in any order, held over a maximum of 2 working days in order to access the various machine types which may be situated at different working areas or locations.

The 7 practical components are:


  1. Operator-level maintenance and machine preparation for work (45 minutes)
  2. Travelling and manoeuvring items of plant (45-minutes)
  3. Carry out defined activities with a forklift (50-minutes)
  4. Carry out defined activities with the 360 excavator (1-hour 15-minutes)
  5. Carry out defined activities with the Dumper/Dump truck (45-minutes)
  6. Carry out defined activities with the roller (40-minutes)
  7. Carry out marshalling activity for manoeuvring an item of plant or vehicle (30-minutes)Apprentices  will  be  provided  with  both  written  and  verbal  instructions  on  the  tasks  they  must complete, including the timescales.

Professional Discussion

Conducted on a 1:1 basis with an assessor and consisting of a minimum of 16 questions that focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviours mapped to this method and adapted to the work-place evidence contained in the apprentice’s portfolio. The apprentice may refer to their portfolio to support their answers. 90 minutes are allowed for this assessment method to take place.

Technical Theory Test

Consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions on a computer-based platform. Questions will be based upon the Knowledge, skills and behaviours mapped to this method. The test is closed book which means that apprentices cannot refer to reference books or materials. Apprentices have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the test.

Readiness for assessment

The  employer  will  endorse  progression  to  the  end-point  when  satisfied  that  the  apprentice  is consistently working at or above the level set out in the standard, and the pre-requisite gateway requirements have been met with evidence to support these:

  • achieved minimum level 1 English and mathematics and taken the tests for level 2
  • completed a portfolio of evidence to underpin the professional discussion


This apprenticeship is graded by the independent assessor appointed by QFI and grades are either: fail, pass or distinction.

Professional Recognition


Why choose QFI

QFI is listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Assessment  Organisations  to  assess  this apprenticeship  Standard.  We have  access  to  specialist,  occupationally  competent  independent assessors.  We will  work  with  you  to  ensure  that  the  end-point  assessment  runs  as  smoothly  as possible providing support for any staff involved in the process. Contact us now to discuss your requirements leadassessor@qfiepa.org