By the end of 2021, NET will no longer be offering the FESS End Point Assessment. We are already working with the FESS Employer Group to ensure a smooth transition to new arrangements for End Point Assessment and are working with ESFA on NET’s withdrawal from the End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) register for the FESS standard.
There is likely to be a choice of EPAO and further details will be confirmed once the necessary ESFA approvals are in place. Continuity of provision for current apprentices is uppermost in everyone’s mind and all parties will work with ESFA and IFATE to ensure a smooth transition, with the aim of having the new arrangements in place before the end of the year.
Until this point, End Point Assessment via NET will operate as normal. The guidance and materials on this page now only apply to NET FESS End Point Assessments taken before the end of 2021.
NET will continue to focus on its core AM2 assessments for apprentices and workers in the electrotechnical industry and a small range of Experienced Worker Assessments.
The Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) End Point Assessment should be taken by FESS apprentices or those who are on an Experienced Worker Programme.
The FESS Assessment is broken down into different sections, which we have broken down below. During some of the practical sections, you’ll be watched by the assessor. This can seem intimidating, so try to practice beforehand with a colleague watching you, to get used to it.
You can also download our FESS Pre-Assessment Manuals for more help on how to prepare:
Your assessment is marked against strict, objective criteria and the assessor only marks Yes or No against a series of questions about your work. The assessor does not exercise personal judgement on this marking criteria and does not submit opinions on the quality of your work. Your assessment results are moderated by NET and photographs are taken of your work, to be held as a record of your performance during the assessment.
A fundamental aspect of industry competence is being able to follow a specification. Even if your work is safe and meets all relevant regulations and standards, if you have fundamentally not followed the specification and candidate manual details, you will not pass the assessment. Candidates regularly fail because they do not follow the written instructions for each section of the assessment in areas such as correct positioning of equipment/devices, correct selection of equipment/devices, and correct cable types and sizes. If you have not followed the instructions, you will not be able to successfully appeal your result. The fact your alternative approach may have been safe or deemed acceptable in your workplace is irrelevant – the ability to follow a specification is set out as a core competence for a fire, emergency and security systems engineer.
Blackburn (T2000), Earlsfield (Banham Academy), Harlow (Trade Centre Training) and Southport (EFT Systems) currently offer FESS End Point Assessments. Please visit our Find a Centre page for more information.
For more information on areas such as Assessment Fees, Re-Sits and Mandatory Evidence please see our Booking & Admin Help page. You can also visit our FAQs section for specific advice on numerous areas.