Before You Apply: What You Should Know About Crime Scene Cleanup Training


People who are interested in pursuing a career in crime scene cleanup often have a lot of questions about the training, education, and certification requirements. In most cases, crime scene cleaners do not require a college degree or standard certification. They do, however, require extensive on-the-job training to prepare them for the work they will perform in the field.

What Does Crime Scene Cleanup Training Entail?

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Because crime scene cleanup and bioremediation is not a federally regulated industry, the level of training provided to crime scene cleaners is ultimately left up to the company for whom they work. However, it is recommended that crime scene cleaners be trained in at least the following areas:

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure. The goal of any crime scene cleaner is to ensure a property is thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and free of bacteria and potential bloodborne pathogens. Crime scene cleaners help protect themselves and others from potential bloodborne pathogen exposure by following strict biohazard cleaning and disposal guidelines and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) while onsite.
  • Proper PPE use. PPE includes a double layer of gloves, biohazard suits, respiratory masks, and protective footwear. Crime scene cleaners are trained on the types of PPE, the proper way to wear PPE, and how to clean, care for, and maintain PPE.
  • Sensitivity. Crime scene cleaners should be able to conduct themselves professionally in uncomfortable situations and should be able to show the family compassion, understanding, and respect.

For Crime Scene Cleanup Training, Join Us At Aftermath

Aftermath is a crime scene cleanup company with almost 20 years of experience. All of our technicians complete training in bloodborne pathogen exposure, PPE use, and sensitivity, as well as:

  • Respiratory protection
  • Hazardous communication
  • Heat-illness awareness
  • OSHA requirements

Although Aftermath does not provide general training to students, we do have a training facility for our employees and are happy to provide information sessions to the public on topics including crime scene cleanup, bloodborne pathogens, and personal protective equipment.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in crime scene cleanup, you can find available job openings here.