End Point Assessment

Pipe Welder

Pipe Welder

  • Reference Code: ST0851
  • Level: 3
  • Version: 1
  • Duration: 48 Months


This occupation is found in a wide range of sectors where piping systems are used for fluid transport and pressure containment. The broad purpose of the occupation is to manually weld tubes and pipes to high standards of quality and integrity using a minimum of two manual arc welding processes from Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Plasma Arc Welding (PAW), Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas (MIG)/Metal Active Gas (MAG) and Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW).

Occupational role

Typical job titles include: Pipe welder, Pipeline welder, Class A welder, Pressure parts welder, Coded pipe welder.


Maximum £27,000

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.


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

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:

Multiple-Choice Knowledge Test

Taken in the presence of an assessor or invigilator and consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions on a computer-based platform. The knowledge test will assess the apprentice’s depth of understanding in the knowledge elements of the standards that may not naturally occur during the observation. The test is closed book and will take 60 minutes.

Professional Discussion - supported by Portfolio of Evidence

Conducted on a one-to-one basis with an assessor and consisting of a minimum of 6 open, competence-based questions that focus on coverage of prior learning or activity in the context of the application of welding described in the apprentice’s portfolio of evidence. The professional discussion will take 60 minutes and may be conducted via video conferencing.

Practical Skills Test

Apprentices will be observed by an assessor completing 3 practical skills tests, under normal conditions/familiar environment, using familiar resources/equipment representative of their workplace. The practical demonstrations reflect tasks that would be completed by pipe welders on a regular basis. The assessor shall select a range of test pieces to allow demonstration of skills on different materials, processes, and welding positions. Assessors will ask open questions after each stage of the skills test to assess related underpinning knowledge and/or dealing with emergent problems. The practical skills tests will be competed over 9 hours over a 2-day period.

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 2 English and mathematics
  • compiled a portfolio of evidence – to support the professional discussion
  • employer welding procedure specifications shall be provided by the employer to support the practical skills tests and preparations of equipment, consumables, and materials at the test venue.


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

Professional Recognition

Aligns with recognition by: The Welding Institute - Engineering Technician.

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