Are you interested in pursuing a career in crime scene cleanup?  Was there a crime scene at your home?  If so, maybe you’re interested in learning more about the certifications that the people have who are cleaning up the mess.

Whether you’re interested in joining the industry, or you just want more information on the topic, we’ve outlined the process for crime scene cleanup certification.

What Kind of Crimes Need Clean Ups?

Before you start your certification process, you should have an idea the kind of jobs you’ll be working on.  If you’re uncomfortable working in an area where there was a dead body, this might not be the profession for you.

Some crime scenes include:

If you think you can handle the grim and sometimes gruesome nature of these crime scenes, the next step is getting your certification.

Types of Certifications

There is not a specific license that’s required to clean up a crime scene.  However, in order to comply with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards, there are certain certifications associated with crime scene clean up.

Depending on your state, you may be required to obtain a specific license if you are handling or transporting biohazardous materials.

Some of these certifications include:

  • Trauma Scene Waste Practitioner Permit
  • Hazardous Waste Transporter License Certificate
  • Infectious Waste Transporter Permit
  • Biomedical Waste Transporter Registration
  • Medical Waste Transportation Permit

If you’re looking to have a specific job within the industry, some of these certifications may be more important than others.

One of the most common certifications is the Bio Recovery Technician Certification.  Anyone cleaning up a crime scene should get this certification as a safety precaution.  You can get this certificate from the American Bio Recovery Association.


Most of your training will come from the employer.  However, you’ll learn about safety practices while you get your certificates.

There is no particular college coarse or degree that trains and certifies you to clean up crime scenes.  You’ll go through different training depending on the certificate that you are perusing.

For example, you’ll learn about the dangers and how to properly handle blood borne pathogens that you may encounter at a crime scene. Your certificate training will also teach you how to protect yourself against potential diseases at a crime scene.

Finding a Job

Once you complete the training and certification process, you’ll make yourself more marketable to potential employers.  These businesses will still train you on how to use their equipment and teach you about their practices, but you’ll already have a head start.

You may be able to find a job working for a company that specializes in death cleanup, but it’s extremely likely that they’ll make you get your Bio Recovery Technician Certification before you can work at a crime scene.

There is not a specific blueprint to getting certified in the crime scene cleanup industry.  You need to understand the types of crime scenes, different certifications and training programs before you get started.