Level 2 Carpentry and Joinery End-point Assessment (9078)

Last Updated: 01 Apr 2024

Product code 9078

9078-12: (V.1.0 of the assessment plan where 6571 NVQ OP is mandatory). Registrations open. EPA bookings and assessments available.

9078-21: V.1.1 of the assessment plan. All learners with an ILR start date of 18/09/2020 onwards should be registered on this version). Registrations open. EPA bookings and assessments available from 15 December 2021.

We are now approved as an EPAO for the main trade standards in Construction including Carpentry and Joinery (and Advanced), Bricklayer, Plasterer and Painter.

This apprenticeship is designed by key employers in the Construction industry and is one of the new 'trailblazer apprenticeships'.  It provides the skills and underpinning knowledge for Carpentry & Joinery and includes an end-test at the end of the apprentices The occupation involves carrying out skilled work, primarily using timber products, either on a construction site, or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. This is a core and options apprenticeship, with two pathways:

Pathway 1: A Site Carpenter will normally work on a building site, or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities.

Pathway 2: An Architectural Joiner will normally be employed in a workshop producing timber based building components and other architectural products, such as doors, windows, units and staircases, which are then transported to construction sites to be installed by site carpenters.


City & Guilds has designed innovative and flexible delivery content that will equip apprentices with the competence and confidence to perform their best in assessment. Including:
• Mandatory qualification for EPA version 1: The mandatory units of our Level 2 NVQ qualifications are closely aligned to the content of the apprenticeship standard and enhance the on-programme experience for the apprentice and employer.
They are:
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Site Carpentry (6571-21) or
NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations – Architectural Joinery (6571-22)
Apprenticeship Standard version 1.1 does not have any mandatory craft qualification requirements.

Apprenticeship training manual: Our apprenticeship training manual (ATM) guides tutors and apprentices through a range of practical tasks mapped to the standard, allowing apprentices to track progress and record evidence of their learning as they go. Tasks are mapped to maths & English requirements, developing knowledge and skills in a real working environment. The ATM is available in print or as a digital download, or free of charge through our e-portfolio, Learning Assistant.

Downloadable tutor materials: Tutor materials compliment apprenticeship delivery with engaging content including handouts, lesson plans and presentations, covering all learning outcomes. Materials are available for download from SmartScreen.

Induction learning content: Extensive content including handouts and e-learning modules meets the mandatory requirements for any apprenticeship programme of learning:
• Health and safety
• Safeguarding and Prevent
• Equality and diversity
• British values

Maths & English: Our Functional Skills qualifications cover the core maths and English requirements for this standard. Our support package, 'e-Functional Skills' is an online teaching and learning platform that guides learners from an initial diagnostic assessment, through to meeting the requirements for this standard.  

End-point assessment

EPA product code: 9078-12
City & Guilds is open for registrations for EPA for Carpentry and Joinery, Assessment Plan A01.

Assessment events for this standard are 

  • Knowledge MCQ test
  • Skills test
For further guidance, please refer to our 9078-12 Carpentry and Joinery end point assessment pack.

EPA product code 9078-21 
City & Guilds is open for registrations for EPA Carpentry and Joinery, Assessment Plan A03.

Assessment events for this standard are
  • Knowledge MCQ test
  • Practical Test
  • Interview underpinned by portfolio of evidence 
For further, guidance please refer to our 9079-21 Carpentry and Joinery end point assessment pack.  IFATE briefly published AP02 but this was quickly superseded by AP03 and so no materials were published for AP02.

Carpentry and Joinery EPA
As one of the biggest EPAOs in England, we pride ourselves on our first rate customer service. Our EPA team is on hand to support you every step of the way, guiding you through gateway and ensuring your apprentice has all the tools they need to prepare for the assessment. Our assessment and grading is standardised and all our assessors have industry experience and receive on-going training, so you can trust that we will deliver a fair and robust assessment.

The end-point assessment packs provides further detail behind the EPA process, including what to expect for each assessment method as well as detailing any evidence you will need to produce for knowledge, skills and behaviours at gateway. You’ll find this in the 'documents' tab.

EPA preparation and gateway guidance for this standard: Upon registration for EPA, you will have access to a range of support material for the Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship to help prepare for end-point assessment.
EPA exemplar materials: available for tutors, providing real assessment examples for each assessment type, such as transcripts and examples of good practice. This will help you to prepare apprentices and ensure they feel ready for assessment.
Recording forms:  We have prepared forms to give you peace of mind and confidence that everything is covered. Supporting you to complete key stages of EPA readiness as well as provide any assessment forms We have , that apprentices might need during assessment
LIEPA reports: Our lead independent end assessors (LIEPAs) produce an annual report with insight into the EPA results and findings across all centres. These reports can help you refine your apprenticeship delivery to improve success rates.

Apprenticeship certification: As well as receiving their Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) apprenticeship certificate, the apprentice will receive a City & Guilds statement of achievement for end-point assessment.

We are issuing digital credential to learners who have completed this qualification. Please add your learners’ email address during registration. A digital credential cannot be issued without the learner’s email address.

How to register

If you’re an existing City & Guilds centre or interested in becoming a centre, make sure you’ve read our EPA manual and guidance. This will explain the process and all our terms and conditions. Our short ‘how-to’ guides and videos are a great start to help you get to grips with what to expect and how to stay on track when booking EPA and preparing apprentices for assessment. You’ll find these resources in our EPA document library.

To use our quality-assured on-programme materials or end-point assessment service there are three ways to either find out more or to order what you need:
1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.)
2. Get in touch with directsales@cityandguilds.com. Our team can explain our different products and services and start getting you set up as a customer or give existing customers support on the new apprenticeship arrangements.
3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of apprenticeship.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

Interested in delivering this apprenticeship?

Find out more about how to become an approved City & Guilds centre or fill out our online customer application form