End Point Assessment

Piling Attendant

Piling Attendant

  • Reference Code: ST0268
  • Level: 2
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 18 months


Piling is a highly specialised part of the construction process for any significant project. As such it has a long-term challenge to bring in talented people and train them to the level of competence required to ensure that the foundations they are building are constructed safely and meet exacting quality standards.

Occupational role

Job holders in this role assist in driving, boring and forming piles in the ground in order to provide firm support for buildings and structures by attending to the requirements of the piling operation. The work includes supporting piling plant machine operatives and specialist piling operatives (Level 3) by performing a variety of manual and mechanically assisted tasks which will include; load and unload,  handle  and  move  materials,  prepare,  measure,  mark  and  cut  materials,  monitoring  and reporting progress; guide and control the movement and operation of plant, machinery and vehicles; prepare, check, control and maintain machinery and equipment in use; recover, clean, and maintain equipment for reuse.


Maximum £15,000

Entry requirements

Employers set the selection criteria.


The apprenticeship includes core skills, core technical knowledge, and core behaviours required by Piling Attendants.

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:

Technical Test


This will consist of a practical assessment, completed in ‘live’ site environment supporting one of  the relevant techniques of  Piling Operations. It will provide the apprentice with the opportunity  to  demonstrate the  required skills,  knowledge and  behaviours they  have learnt  through their apprenticeship. The duration of the technical test will be approximately  3.5  hours and apprentices will be given a brief prior to the test commencing. The apprentice must pass this first stage of the assessment in order to move on to the professional interview stage.

Professional Interview

The professional interview will be conducted by a panel of assessors and will take approximately 1.5 hours. It will include both generic occupational questions and questions specific to the achieved piling  process(s). The interview will be used to probe  for occupational knowledge and understanding and be structured around  the evidence presented within the apprentice’s logbook. During  the  interview, the apprentice may use audio and visual aids, such as PowerPoint, to help them describe the knowledge. skills and behavioural competence they have acquired over the course of their apprenticeship programme.

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
  • achieved NVQ level 2 in Piling Operations
  • completed a Piling Attendant Log Book


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

Professional Recognition

Progression from the Level 2 Apprenticeship could lead to Level 3 in specialist piling operations or with experience and maturity. Occupational  Work  Supervision  (Piling)  within  the  construction industry. This standard has been designed to deliver sufficient competence, underpinning knowledge and understanding in the identified job role in order to allow individuals to meet the requirements of  construction  industry  registration  schemes.  On  successful  completion  of  this  standard  each individual will have the opportunity to progress to become a Specialist Piling Operative (Level 3) e.g. Piling Rig Operator, Mud Plant Operative, Tremie Operative or Charge Hand.

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