• Level 4
  • Reference AS-VDA-EPA ONLY
  • Subject Area Accident and Repair

End Point Assessment: AS-VDA-EPA ONLY

The Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan can be found here.


Written by employers with input from sector specialists, the Vehicle Damage Assessor Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for those looking to further their knowledge, skills and experience in the accident repair sector.

Apprentices can gain knowledge and skills in all aspects of vehicle damage assessment, including inspecting and assessing all elements of a motor vehicle that has sustained damage and requires repair.

Vehicle Damage Assessors (VDA) must identify and record damage on a vehicle and determine (using prescribed information from manufacturers) which parts of the vehicle should be repaired or replaced. A VDA will understand the manual process of assessing and costing repairs of a vehicle, whilst also being able to use the relevant electronic estimating software. They will have knowledge of all types of vehicles including petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid and will stay abreast of ever-changing autonomous technological vehicle safety developments known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The VDA will produce accurate and detailed repair specifications to be used to carry out the required process.

The VDA will have commercial knowledge of their respective workplace and know how to apply this to determine a monetary cost and timescale for each repair job.


In their daily work, the Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) would be responsible for producing an accurate estimate to carry out a repair job which is subsequently agreed by key stakeholders. The VDA would have excellent communication skills, be able to negotiate and have a methodical approach to work. Being able to carry out work accurately is essential.


It is expected that it will typically take three years for an Apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be sooner if an individual already has significant prior training and practical experience.


Employers will set their own entry requirements.

During the selection process it is recommended that the Apprentice demonstrates the following qualities:

  • Experience or interest in the industry
  • Work on their own initiative
  • Manual dexterity
  • Good customer service skills


If an Apprentice has not already achieved English and Maths at Level 2 (or equivalent), they must achieve English and Maths at Level 2.


It is strongly recommended that on-programme assessment of knowledge, skills and behaviours takes place at regular intervals leading to the End Point Assessment.

  • Completed on-programme progression documentation
  • Apprentice has developed all the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Employer and Training Organisation agree that the Apprentice is ready for EPA (confirmed via completion of the Apprentice Readiness for EPA Form)


  •  Multiple choice knowledge test
  •  Practical skills observation and questioning


Please contact your Business Development Manager for more information, or alternatively call us on +44 (0)1992 511521 and we will be happy to help.




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