About AIM
Enabling better futures

The Organisation

AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group is a leading international Awarding Organisation (AO) offering nationally regulated qualifications, and an End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) specialising in apprenticeship end-point assessments in the creative, cultural and professional services industries.

Awarding Organisation

What are awarding bodies, awarding organisations and exam boards?

These are all different terms that are used to describe the role of an organisation that designs and develops qualifications, and certificates the recognition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and/or competences) of an individual, following an assessment and quality assurance process.

AIM has over thirty years’ experience developing high-quality qualifications that meet the needs of employers and learners. We approve the centres (colleges, training providers etc) that deliver our qualifications and work closely with them to ensure high quality delivery so that we can certify their successful learners. We also develop innovative products and services to support our centres and learners.

As with many awarding organisations (over 160) in the UK, AIM is regulated by the public regulator governing qualifications in England – Ofqual.

AIM is also licensed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to award and certificate the Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma.

Our wide range of regulated vocational qualifications fully support the development and up-skilling of any workforce of any age. Our subject specialists work with the education sector, employers, industry and training providers across a range of backgrounds, sizes and settings ensuring our qualifications meet the needs of learners.

End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO)

An End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the final test for an apprentice during their apprenticeship. It is designed to be an objective and impartial assessment of an apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviours. Activities are different for every apprenticeship, but they all follow the same overall structure.

AIM is the only registered EPAO specialising in the creative, cultural and professional services industries. We work closely with employers and providers to support apprentices on their journey towards a successful EPA doing as much as we can to enable them to showcase their achievements.

Our close industry partnerships ensure that AIM assessments reflect the intention of the standard (as set by the trailblazer groups) and that they remain current to new developments in industry practice. Find out more

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