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End-point assessment

Celebrate EPA success with Digital Credentials

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Your apprentices work tirelessly to achieve success in end-point assessment (EPA). So, it’s important that their achievement as a qualified apprentice is quickly and widely recognised.

City & Guilds and ILM will award a digital credential on successful completion of their apprenticeship, so that they can let the world know what they’ve achieved in a fast, shareable and credible way.

In addition to the existing online certificates of achievement for individual EPA components and the final overall grade, we’ll be issuing all apprentices with a graded digital credential when they complete their EPA with us.

View our range of City & Guilds EPA digital credentials

View our range of ILM EPA digital credentials

What are digital credentials?

Digital credentials are data-rich representations of knowledge, skills, or behaviours developed through the learning programme - fully verified by City & Guilds or ILM. They provide portable and verifiable information about skills and achievements at the click of a button.

Our digital credentials powered by Credly, the world's most connected credentialing network, allow individuals and organisations to recognise and communicate learning achievements and certifications online in a secure and verified way.

Digital Credentials and Walled Garden

We've produced a quick step-by-step to assist you in inputting you learners’ email addresses to Walled Garden.

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Download the guide

You can also upload your learners' email addresses in bulk. Please read our user guide for the step-by-step process. Alternatively, you can contact our team for more information at

How do credentials benefit apprentices?

  • digital credentials let the world know what apprentices have accomplished quickly and easily
  • celebrate success and hard work with a shareable asset to expand reach
  • apprentices can share their credentials across various social media platforms with all of their contacts
  • apprentices’ skills and commitment to their apprenticeship success will be noticed by friends, family, colleagues, employers and prospective clients
  • digital credentials provide evidence from a credible source , aligned to modern industry standards.

How do credentials benefit employers and providers?

  • digital credentials have been shown to foster competition, increase employee satisfaction and engagement, retain top talent and help employees future proof their careers
  • enable your apprentices to become brand ambassadors, and reach new audiences with your apprenticeship offer as your participants share their achievements on social media across the web in a secure and verifiable way
  • by using the City & Guilds/ ILM brands to showcase the quality of your centres’ apprenticeships, your organisation sends a strong message about its investment in training and skills development.

Build trust and confidence in all achievements and skills


Digital credentials are built to be shared online - in CVs, displayed in email signatures and on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Sharing credentials will help your learners reach new audiences and celebrate their success widely.


At the click of a button and in a verifiable format, digital credentials show potential employers or educators the skills of your learners and showcase the standards they have met. They help your centre stand out from competitors.


Essential for the modern workplace, digital credentials reveal the skills that sit behind an Individual reward. This helps, learners, educators and employers unearth the value in an qualification or skill.

What does an EPA digital credential look like – and what data does it contain?

Below is an example of an EPA digital credential.

epa digital badgeThere's data inside:
badge name,
badge URL (description),
badge image,
issue date,
expiry date,
evidence URL,
details on the skills learned,
earning criteria for the achievement.

Find out more about digital credentials or talk to your business manager.