End Point Assessment

Industrial Coatings Applicator

Industrial Coatings Applicator

  • Reference Code: ST0463
  • Level: 2
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 18 months


There is a high demand for skilled industrial coatings applicators in the national infrastructure sector. The work usually takes place within a workshop or a designated area of a construction site for new steel structures, and on site for the maintenance or refurbishment of existing steel structures. Certificated industrial coatings applicators will be employed within teams in small, medium or large enterprises and their work may involve travelling throughout the UK.

Occupational role

Industrial coatings applicators play a key role in protecting the nation’s infrastructure from deterioration for the benefit of existing and future generations. They are required to prepare the surface of new or existing steel structures to remove any contamination, mill scale, rust, or unsound existing coatings, and apply the appropriate corrosion protection coatings to specified standards. A competent industrial coatings applicator will be able to undertake the role safely and without supervision.


Maximum £9,000

Entry requirements

Employers set the selection criteria/ entry requirements for the apprenticeship.


The apprenticeship includes the occupational knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Industrial Coatings Applicators.

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 Test


The apprentice will be provided with a task specification and will be required to apply protective coatings to steelwork to industry-recognised standards, as designed by QFI. A series of questions will be asked during the test to assess underlying knowledge of industrial coatings applicator principles. The test will last approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.

Professional Discussion

This will take the form of a one-to-one interview between the apprentice and an assessor. It will be used to assess apprentices on  skills  not  covered by the practical test and to confirm their knowledge, skills and behaviours using their portfolio of evidence as a basis for the discussion. During the discussion, a minimum of 6 competency-based questions will be asked. The discussion will last approximately 60 minutes and is audio-recorded.

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
  • compiled a portfolio of evidence


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