Quick guide to EPA booking lead times

We know that you will be looking to secure EPA dates for your apprentices this summer, and we want to work closely with you to agree the best possible dates during a busy time of year.

For some specific standards in Construction, Transport Maintenance and Engineering we can offer a pre-gateway service that enables you to book your EPA date prior to Gateway.  This can be a great way to avoid disappointment, so please reach out to our Partnership Managers to learn more.

Access our pre-gateway request form

The summer months can be very busy for EPA, so we do encourage you to provide as much notice as possible in advance of your preferred EPA dates.

Using this guide

As you may be aware there are some variations in the booking lead times, and this document aims to help clarify those lead times for you.

These minimum lead times include Gateway processing time and are subject to first-time Gateway approval.

This document below is structured by sector, so please take a look and search for the specific standard you are delivering.

Access the guide

Speak to us

The City & Guilds and ILM team are on hand to provide customer support, technical support, and to meet any other needs.

You can access front-line support by:

0192 4930 800 (option 5)


If you would like to deliver new standards with us or switch from another EPAO please fill in the form below a member of our team will be in touch.

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