Profile of Paul R Salmon

Paul Salmon MSET, Dip.RSA, Grad.IOSH

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  • Full Member Society Education & Training

  • Grad IOSH

  • Royal Lifesaving TA Member


  • Diploma RSA

  • Fully Qualified Teacher (Diploma)

  • Qualified Assessor

  • Qualified Lead IQA

  • Qualified lead EQA

Current Status 

  • Available for short term or long term teaching, assessing, internal quality assurance (IQA) and external quality assurance (EQA). 

  • Registered as Self Employed (UK) 
  • Will Become PAYE / Employed 

Highly Recommended


Exceptional Skills


Comprehensively Qualified


Occupational Expert


Rated Outstanding By Awarding Bodies


Industry Leader


“Quality, value, great service, customer Care and attention to fine detail is the key to his continued success”

Paul is originally from a small town Kesgrave that is near Ipswich, Suffolk. He lived there for his child life and early adult life.

Paul went to his local high school, it was a pleasant school but a typical mediocre state school, that had teachers and senior leadership team could have done a lot better when it come to learners’ achievements.

Paul left school with average results and started what is now known as an apprenticeship with the Suffolk Constabulary, at the same time studying business and finance at the local college. It was very apparent that with the recession the country was in the Constabulary had no jobs and they were just using him to do all the rubbish stuff the employees did not want to do, clean, messenger, refreshments, something has learnt him a great life skill for his businesses.

Paul’s enjoyment has always been swimming, he was a member of the local swimming club and was invited to take part in the squad, he turned down due to being committed to achieving great school results. In 1992 Paul left the Suffolk Constabulary with no work and decided to take his lifesaving qualification and soon after passing started working with various leisure centres near his home, he was offered work away at various Holiday Camps which looking back Paul feels was great valuable experience.

Paul rapidly gained promotion and in leisure and by 1998 he was a Leisure Manger at a large holiday chain, to keep him they gave him a winter job at one of their hotels with the view to return to manage the next year. However, Paul was headhunted by a leisure centre near the hotel and left to become a Duty Operations Manager, rapidly progressed to Leisure centre operations Manager.

Paul took his assessors and teaching qualification so he could teach swimming and first aid. Paul was made an STA Tutor in 1997 and did this for 8 years. During his time in Leisure pool was an influential member of St Johns Ambulance and enjoyed his role as ambulance member for several years. During that time Paul went for accreditation with the Health & Safety Executive for First Aid Training Approval, he was successful in 1998 and set up a business with over 80 trainers working under the accreditation. Paul was again head hunted on to the First Aid Council for Training. Executive Team by industry peers as it was apparent Pauls approach to exceptional quality was a module industry wanted to follow.  Sadly, first aid accreditation was terminated by the HSE as they had other priorities and FACT just fizzled out as it had not reason to be in the market and the members were just a handful.

Paul started in 2002 to work with colleges and training providers, he took his Internal Quality assurer examinations and worked as a tutor, assessor and quality advisor for e a range of training providers and colleges in the same time working is training businesses.

In 2007 he became an External Quality Assurer for a range of examination boards, and this is what he does to this date along with his training business.

TAQA Experience

  • Over 30 years training & assessing experience working in  a range of  schools, universities, colleges. training providers.  charities, sole traders, international businesses.
  • Over 20 years in Internal Quality Assurance Experience with training providers, education establishments, industry, charities
  • Over 15 years in External Quality Assurance Experience working with Ofqual accredited examination boards, HSE Accredited Training Organisations, Private Organisations
  • Over 25 years individual occupations and business mentor and support to a range of Teachers, Instructors, Coaches, Assessors, Internal Quality Assurers and External Quality Assurance

Professional Memberships - (Current & Past)

  • Member Society Education and Training (MSET) 
  • Graduate IOSH 
  • Dipolma RSA 
  • Internal Verifiers Association (Full)
  • Institute of Sport & Recreation Management (Full)
  • Institute of Occupational Health & Safety (Grad.IOSH)
  • Institute of Qualified Lifeguards / Royal lifesaving (Full Mentor TA)
  • Swimming Teachers Association (Full Tutor)
  • First Aid Training Association (AIFAWTO) – Executive Committee Member
  • First Aid Council (FACT) – Executive Committee Member
  • Charter Institute of IT (Awaiting Grade)
  • Institute of Learning (awaiting grade)
  • Institute of leisure Management (ILAM) – Full Member

Qualifications - Training, Assessing & Verifying

  • Ofqual Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (MSET)
  • Ofqual Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training 
  • Level 4 External Verifier Qualification (EQA)
  • Level 4 Lead Internal Quality Assurer Qualification
  • D34 Internal Verifier (IQA)
  • D32 Assessor Qualification
  • D33 Assessor Qualification
  • PTLLS Level 4 Qualification
  • City & Guilds 2886 Conflict Management Trainers level 3
  • City & Guilds 7307 (PTLLS Certificate level 4 Equivalent)
  • IQL Pool Lifeguard 9th Edition Trainer / Assessor (Mentor Level)

Other Professional Qualifications

  •  Level 3 First Aid at Work Qualification
  • Level 3 Paediatric Qualification (Full)
  • Advanced First Aid (AED& Oxygen Licensed User)
  • Level 2 AED & CPR
  • Level 2 AED & Anaphylaxis Awareness
  • IQL Level 2 National Pool Lifeguard Qualification
  • Advanced Health & Safety
  • CIEH Level 3 Food Safety
  • Level 2 Caring for the Sick
  • OCR NVQ Level 3 Sport & Recreation
  • Level 3 Active IQ / ISRM Pool Plant Operators
  • STA Level 3 Pool Plant Operators
  • Level 2 BTEC In Business and Finance
  • NVQ 4 in Occupational Health & safety (converted to level 5 degree level)
  • Unit HS008 Health & Safety Workplace Audits
  • Level 2 Door Supervisor Qualification
  • Level 2 Safeguarding & Prevent 
  • Level 2 Mental Health 
  • Level 2 Mental Health First Aid 

Work Experience Current (Since 1990)

Training Companies – Head of Quality Assurance (Since 2009)

A role that started as a part time casual swimming teacher in 1992, I have worked as all aspects within the training company being promoted to senior trainer, mentor and head of quality assurance. I am solely responsible for the company’s quality assurance internal and external. In 2017, we achieved 100% with an Ofqual awarding body on our very tough and rigorous audit.

Roles include Lead Tutor, Trainer, Assessor and Lead  Internal Verifier for a range of qualifications that include:  HSE First aid, Health & Safety, Food Safety, Security Training, Pool Lifeguard, Swimming Pool Plant, Safeguarding, Leisure management, General Management, NVQ’s, PTLLS / Education & Training , Assessors and Internal & External Quality Assurance qualifications.

External Quality Assurer for several Ofqual Accredited awarding bodies responsible for auditing and support centres, conducting malpractice investigations, conducting centre approvals, running CPD for centres, manual market test papers, reviewing centres policies and procedures and training new External Quality Assurers.

Management responsibilities – I am responsible for managing over 40 Instructors throughout the UK on various training and assessing projects, this includes Leadership of Instructors through development and quality control.

My other roles include being a freelance college and training company’s trainer, assessor and verifier. I also provide Health & Safety Consultant, this role included writing and reviewing policies and procedures. I Work with Care & Nursing Homes as a training consultant. I am a Business Mentor to managers and employees.

I have experience designing training packages for a range of customers, providing unbeatable high levels of customer services. Administration, accounting and technology work.  Since 2006 I have provided Leisure centres, sports events with first aid, safety and security cover due. In 2013, I have taken my doors licence to expand my security knowledge and career.

Work Experience Previous (1990 to 2010)

Activity Centre (Norfolk) Training / NVQ Manager

Responsible for up to 120 candidates on sport and recreation programme, first aid training, lifeguard training, health and safety officer, accidents auditing and duty manager for customer services. Security support and a key holder to the centre on a shift basis including manning the main entry gate as head of security.

College Essex, Tutor & Health & Safety Manager

Customer Services and Sport and Recreation and Care NVQ programmes and responsible for pre-placement checks and students health and safety.

Leisure Centre – Reading (Duty Operations Manager)

Responsible for busy swimming pool and leisure centre, included full management of  centre, health and safety, retail management, training and customer services.

Essex Holiday Park – Swimming Pool & Leisure Manager

2 years seasonal contract running busy holiday swimming pool. Also responsible for customer services as a duty manager, health and safety audits, accident reports / first aid and sports programme. Security / Door assistant cover.

Essex & Suffolk Care Agency’s

Working with a range of care and nursing establishments on a casual basis providing care to a range of adults in their home or at care homes. This work was done during the winter when the holiday seasons were closed.

ST Johns Ambulance Member

Cover various public duties with first aid cover. Trained to advanced first aid and life support including AED and oxygen qualifications. Work with adults in a caring environment as part of my Caring for the Sick qualification, nursing homes / hospital.

Professional's Feedback

“Paul is an amazing individual, his training skills are very modern, the courses he delivers for us are interactive, fun and great value. My staff always look forward to his training sessions”

Leisure Manager, Essex


“Great value from a leading training specialist, fabulous inspirational courses, with attention to quality and detail. Our customers and learners rate his sessions highly, we have used Paul for over 20 years now and the courses just keep getting better”

CEO Recruitment and Agency, London


“ Paul has been our Internal Quality Assurer for over 10 years now and during his tenure our awarding bodies we are accredited with have been very impressed with our quality systems”

Training Provider Operations Director, Reading

Professional Feedback

Based on 7000 of our latest customer feedback forms, 98% rate us as outstanding, here some of our feedback. 

“Paul Salmon possesses exceptional Training skills, I observed his training course, and found the delivery to be outstanding. Paul kept all learners involved in the session and the learners really enjoyed the training”

EQA, Ofqual Awarding Body 2023

“I observed Paul conducting PTDQ Trainers Certificate, Paul posses exceptional training skills, this was evidence with the very high standard the learners were achieving.  Paul Salmon Rated as outstanding”

PTDQ Lead EQA, 2023

“Paul Salmon has been delivering our training for over 20 years, he is an expert in his field and training is unbeatable, our staff highly rate him and we fully recommended Paul to anyone that wants amazing training”

Director of Top 50 London Business

“As part of the mentoring programme, I visit Paul Salmon to conduct an observation of his teaching of a Professional Health & Social Care Trainers Certificate.   Paul was very motivational, supportive and engaging throughout, using some first-class teaching methods. The learners were very impressed with the course and one comment it’s the best. Well done Paul an asset to delivery of our training courses”

Mentor Awarding Body 2024

“The training course I have attended was a Health & Social Care Trainers course, it was amazing, Paul our tutor said he was an industry expert and well he most certainly was. Paul has a wealth of knowledge and is very confident and delivered above my expectations. The course was very interesting, and I felt very valued during the training. I feel Paul is a brilliant trainer and mentor to me and can only thank him for his excellence are care”  

Sarah Senior Health & Care Manager

” My business is a leading training business in the UK, and I have worked with Paul Salmon now for over 25 years. Paul is an exemplary individual that is only interested in providing excellent quality training products to my customers. Paul is great value and my customers look forward to his training, some comment he is the best in the business, something I would agree with,   Thanks Paul here is to another 25 years”

Sajid, Director of Training provider