The apprenticeship standard is the ‘shop window’ to the occupation.  It will be used by apprentices, their families, training providers, employers and end point assessment organisations.  It should explain what the apprentice will know and be able to do on completion of their apprenticeship.  A standard must include:

Tips on standard writing:

  • Write your standard with a non-healthcare audience in mind.
  • Avoid jargon and abbreviations.
  • Consider swapping complex healthcare terms for simpler, more everyday ones. If you can’t avoid using complex terms, make sure they are fully explained within the body of the standard.
  • Remember to engage with a wide range of employers, both public and private sector, from both large and small organisations and across England, not just your own region.
  • Engage with other stakeholders such as Skills for Health, Health Education England, Institute for Apprenticeships, professional or regulatory bodies, training providers, end point assessment organisations.


You must consult on the content of your draft standard as you will need to include the results and explain the action you took when you submit your standard. See examples of open consultations here or search the newsfeed for previous consultations and to see the types of results we usually publish.


Standards are submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships by the chair of the Trailblazer group (or by Skills for Health on their behalf).  Submissions are made through the Apprenticeship Builder and must be accompanied by:

  • Letter/s of support from any professional or regulatory body/ies for the content of the standard
  • If a qualification is used, letters of support from the professional body or regulator or additional supplementary evidence
  • If degree level, a letter of support from at least two universities
  • Proposed start figures

Standards are submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships who usually take about 6 weeks to respond.


Once a standard is drafted the Trailblazer group begins work on the costing and the end point assessment plan.