End Point Assessment



  • Reference Code: ST0513
  • Level: 2
  • Version: 1.1
  • Duration: 18 months


Groundworkers  are  the  first  trade  onto  a  construction  and  civil  engineering  site  and  they  work closely with supervisors and engineers in interpreting design specifications to prepare the site ready for  the  structural  building  works  to  take  place. They  continue  their  work  throughout  the construction  phase,  working  with  all  on-site  construction  trades,  such  as  bricklayers  and  plant operatives, up to and including the final completion activities of the project.

Occupational role

Groundworkers work includes setting out and preparing the sub-surfaces ready for the structural work to begin, installing drainage systems, concreting, constructing roads and pathways and carrying out the finished hard landscaping. They are able to transfer between heavy construction and civil engineering  sites  as  well  as  house  building,  commercial  building  and  general  building  sites. Groundworkers work for all types of construction companies from small subcontractors to large main contractors.


Maximum £9,000

Entry requirements

Employers set the selection criteria.


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

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:

Knowledge test


This will consist  of  50 multiple choice knowledge-based questions on a computer-based platform in the presence of an invigilator. The test is designed to assess the apprentice against the standard’s knowledge statements as detailed  in  the  groundworker apprenticeship standard. The test will be a maximum  of  90-minutes.

Skills test

Apprentices will  be observed  by an  assessor completing  three  practical  tasks  in  a  real  work environment.  These tasks  will  be concreting, slabbing and drainage/installing ironworks. Following the  tasks the assessor  will ask a minimum of 6 open questions to assess underpinning  knowledge, skills and behaviours. The skills test will usually take place over 3 days.

Professional discussion

This will take place on a one-to-one basis with an assessor who will ask a minimum of 15 questions to clarify and probe the  apprentice’s knowledge,  skills  and  behaviours  in  relation  to  the groundworker  standard.  The professional  discussion will  be  based  around the  apprentice’s submitted portfolio of evidence and will take approximately 75 minutes. Apprentices are able to refer to their portfolio to support their responses during the discussion.

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
  • completed a portfolio of work to support 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