Crime and Trauma Scene Cleanup

Amdecon® Crime Scene Cleanup Course

Amdecon Crime Scene Cleanup Bio-Recovery Specialist Technician and Business Owner Training ($495.00)

Crime Scene Clean up

We provide on-going support to all Amdecon students after graduation. If you have a question while out in the field performing crime scene cleanup, just pick up the phone and call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Attention business owners: We have two versions of this course. We have the “with business” version which includes teachings about pricing and marketing and we have the “without business” version for your employees who are “techs” only. This way they won’t get the idea of quitting and becoming competitor. Protect your business!

Details: 26 hours in length for the “business included” program and 21 hours in length for the “no business included” program + 90 minutes exam time (111 True/False and multiple choice questions. Unlimited exam attempts.), and approved for 2 IICRC CECs. This course can easily be completed in a week; however we give you 10 months (from the sign-up date) to complete it. It is your responsibility to complete your training on time. No extensions will be allowed.


The terms crime scene cleanup, trauma scene clean up, CTS Decon or bio-recovery all refer to the cleaning and decontamination of the biological aftermath left behind at the scenes of murders, homicides, suicides, unattended deaths, human decompositions, etc.

These courses are for people seeking crime scene cleanup technician training so they can start their own company, work for an existing company, or add these services onto an existing company.

We include all business and marketing teachings. We don’t charge an additional fee for you to learn how to price jobs, deal with insurance adjusters, obtain supplies, charge for your time, get the word out, who to network with, etc. We teach you everything!

If you are a business owner and want to get your employees certified, but don’t want them to know all the business and marketing aspects, then you’ll want to order our 21-Hour Employee Crime and Trauma Scene Cleanup program for them. It’s the exact same one, with the same exam, certifications, and IICRC CECs, but it doesn’t have the 5 hours of business and marketing discussions the full 26-hour one has.

We will teach you every aspect of this industry and how to follow all applicable OSHA standards.

Your instructor, Mr. Tillman, is the founder of the company, a Certified Safety and Health Official, and OSHA-Authorized Trainer. This means the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has trained and authorized Mr. Tillman to train and certify you. You are being trained at a Federal level.

You will be certified in the following:

  • Amdecon 29 CFR Part 1910 Compliant CTS Decon Specialist
  • Bloodborne Pathogens 29 CFR 1910.1030
  • Respiratory Protection 29 CFR 1910.134
  • Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) 29 CFR 1910.1200
  • Personal Protective Equipment 29 CFR 1910.132
  • Confined Space Awareness 29 CFR 1910.146
  • Fall Protection Awareness 29 CFR 1910.66 Appendix C
  • Lock Out/Tag Out Awareness 29 CFR 1910.147

These certifications are recognized by the United States Federal Government and are valid in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

They meet the California Health and Safety Code Chapter 9.5, Section 118321, which sets the standards for California Trauma scene waste management practitioners.

They are approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) for continuing education credits.

Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and universities have all embraced distance learning. We give an affordable option to everyone who would like to learn about this industry and offer and be given an opportunity to improve their lives.

The company was started in 1999 when there was no training like this available. We had to figure everything out on our own. We’ve spent at least a million dollars figuring out how to do this business and we’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way. You don’t need to make these mistakes; there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Let us teach you everything that has taken us since 1999 to learn. Don’t learn things the hard, expensive way; learn things the easy, smart, inexpensive way!

What We Cover:

We impart a decade of experience to you. We teach you everything from A to Z; from gathering your initial supplies, to all the OSHA regulations, to performing the work, estimating and pricing jobs, collecting your money, dealing with the families and insurance adjusters and on and on and on.

Having the technical skills to perform proper decontamination is important, but equally as important is having the knowledge to run a decontamination business successfully and stay legally compliant.

We help you understand the science and operational details needed to make critical remediation and administrative decisions. In addition, we cover start-up information like legal structures, licenses, tax requirements, workers compensation, and other legal issues.


Here is a list of just some of the topics covered.

Pricing and Marketing:

How to charge
How to get paid
Dealing with insurance adjusters
Writing estimates
Collecting payment
How to charge for equipment and supplies
Confidently price a job and collect your money
How to market
Who to market to

History of the Industry

Explanation and history of Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination Industry
Public Law 91-596 Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (Explained in plain language!)

1910.1030 – Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
Explanation of a Written BBP Exposure Control Program
Post-Exposure Evaluation and Follow-up Checklist
Instructions for the Evaluating Physician
Exposure Incident Investigation Form
Post-Exposure Written Opinion Form
Hepatitis B Vaccination Written Opinion
Declination of Medical Evaluation and Chemoprophylaxis Form
OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (Explained in plain language!)

1910.134 Respiratory Protection Standard
Explanation of a Written Respiratory Protection Program
OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Questionnaire
Fit Testing. What are they and where to get one?
OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (Explained in plain language!)

1910.1200 – Hazard Communication Standard
Explanation of a Written Hazard Communication Program
List of Chemicals
Hazard Assessment
Material Safety Data Sheets
Secondary Container Labels
Miscellaneous OSHA Standards (Explained in plain language!)

OSHA General Duty Clause
Lock Out / Tag Out
Confined Spaces
Fall Protection
OSHA record keeping
Bloodborne Disease Discussion

Explanation of Epidemiology and Symptoms of Bloodborne Diseases
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B Vaccine
No cost vaccination
Method of administration of Hepatitis Vaccination
Benefits of vaccination
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis D
Hepatitis E
Hepatitis G
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV1 & HIV2)
Human T-Lymphotropic Virus I
Airborne Disease Discussion

General Explanation of Epidemiology and Symptoms of Airborne Pathogens
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
Mental Health Discussion

Mental Health Issues
CISS – Critical Incident Stress Syndrome
STSD – Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder
Traumatic Grief
How to perform CTS Decon work at the scene

Contamination versus cross contamination

Cross Contamination Exercise

Personal Protective Equipment Discussion

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Basis For Selection
When PPE is necessary?
Which PPE is necessary?
Types of respirators: half mask, full face, SCBA, cartridge, SAR, & filtering facepiece
Proper use
Disposal of PPE
Tools, Equipment Discussion

Tools of the trade

First Aid Kit

Emergency Eyewash

Hand Washing

OSHA Compliancy papers, DOT, & EPA


Dress Code

Definitions and differences of sanitize, disinfect and sterilize

Chemicals and supplies

Job Descriptions

Field Supervisor
Clean Tech and Dirty Tech
Arrival At Scene

Analyze Scene
Scene protocols
Photographing scenes – pros and cons

What to do when you find evidence

What to do when you find weapons

What to do when you find drugs

Scene Descriptions


We’ll teach you OSHA regulations so you will understand why and how they apply to this industry and how you can be fully OSHA-compliant.

We will also teach you what equipment, cleaning supplies, deodorization techniques, and disinfectants we use and where to get them.

We’ll teach you about disease transference and the biological dangers associated with this work.

We’ll teach you how to deal with insurance adjustors and grieving families. You will learn how to estimate jobs, and how to market and network. You’ll learn about getting the work, how to charge for your time, performing the work, and getting paid!

Learn exactly what we do and the techniques and procedures we follow. Learn how we remediate a scene. Learn what to do when you find critical evidence.

Learn why having the technical skills to perform proper decontamination is important, and learn why having the knowledge to run a decontamination business successfully and stay legally compliant is equally as important.

To make sure you are well-armed to grow your business, we also cover marketing and advertising. We show you how to create invoices, and how to obtain insurance.

Learn how to select and outfit a vehicle. We discuss in detail job pricing, and how to charge, how to estimate, and how to get paid.

Hands-On Training

So what about hands on? Here’s what we have to say about that:

If Mr. Tillman called you up and said, “I have a shotgun suicide to go to and I want you to come with me. You’re going to stand right next to me for the entire job from the beginning to the end. I’m going to tell you what we’re going to do, why we’re going to do it, and then we’ll do it right before your eyes so that you can see everything in fine detail. I’ll take my time and teach you everything, step by step. When we’re done you’ll know everything I know about working a scene from beginning to end!”

You’d think that was a once in a lifetime opportunity, wouldn’t you?

You’d drop everything you were doing to jump at this offer, wouldn’t you?

Well, our training is no different than that. The only thing you don’t have to do is get all hot and sweaty!

We learn with our eyes, ears, and mind.

Don’t believe the myth that says we only learn by doing it with our hands. That myth was created 50 years ago before we had the technology of today.

Do you really need to block a week out of your life, fly cross country, get a hotel, get a rental car and drive to a building just to put on a suit and be shown how to use a sponge? Certainly not!

When you are ready for it we will assist you via email and phone support in setting up your own hands-on trauma scene mock-up rooms using real blood and tissue if you wish.

You will be taught how to work a scene from beginning to end; everything from A to Z. Some (but not all) of the things you will learn about working a scene are listed below:

How to work a scene from beginning to end
Assessing the room and doing a visual inspection
Clearing a work path
Initial bulk cleanup
Using a GFCI pigtail
Working with a wet/dry HEPA vacuum
How to deal with contaminated furniture
How to deal with ceramic tile
How to deal with carpet and carpet padding
How to deal with hardwood floors
How to deal with resilient flooring
How to deal with evidence
How to deal with evidence tape
How to deal with computers
How to deal with artwork (bag and tag)
How to deal with clothing
How to deal with personal effects
Breaking down and dismantling furniture
Kevlar gloves and sleeves
Cooling vests and devices
Working with spitballs and enzymes
Removing brain tissue
Dealing with dried blood
Dealing with wet blood
Dealing with gelled blood (blood clots)
Dealing with fingerprint dust
Dealing with light fixtures
How to find “hollow” tiles
The dangers of tack strip
Dealing with baseboards
Using “two sets of eyes”
Double checking each others work
Sealers to use on visual stains


BEWARE: There is a website on the internet that claims OSHA requires hands-on training for crime scene cleanup. This is not true.

The fact that someone would intentionally mislead you bothers us here at Amdecon so let’s take a moment to discuss it. Let’s look at the facts:

This is what is says on their website: “Click here to Read about OSHA Regulations and Standards regarding Training! “BEWARE” – There are numerous Mis-Conceptions about the other So Called Training Materials that are being offered such as DVD’s. CD’s, Books, etc. OSHA Regs/Standards!”

(Note: The paragraph above is a direct quote from their website. All bad grammar and poor punctuation are theirs, not Amdecon’s.)

I suggest you follow their link and see the “documentation” they provide. You will find the Hazardous Materials Standard Number: 1910.120 App E.

Click here to read this for yourself on OSHA’s web site.

There are two problems with their claim that OSHA requires hands-on training for crime scene cleanup. They are:

Problem number 1) If you will read the scope of the standard (below) you will see that crime scene cleanup does not fall under any of the operations covered. Here is the scope of the standard.

Scope, application, and definitions.


Scope. This section covers the following operations, unless the employer can demonstrate that the operation does not involve employee exposure or the reasonable possibility for employee exposure to safety or health hazards:


Clean-up operations required by a governmental body, whether Federal, state local or other involving hazardous substances that are conducted at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites (including, but not limited to, the EPA’s National Priority Site List (NPL), state priority site lists, sites recommended for the EPA NPL, and initial investigations of government identified sites which are conducted before the presence or absence of hazardous substances has been ascertained);


Corrective actions involving clean-up operations at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq);


Voluntary clean-up operations at sites recognized by Federal, state, local or other governmental bodies as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites;


Operations involving hazardous waste that are conducted at treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities regulated by 40 CFR Parts 264 and 265 pursuant to RCRA; or by agencies under agreement with U.S.E.P.A. to implement RCRA regulations; and


Emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances without regard to the location of the hazard.”

Crime scene cleanup does not fall within any of the operations listed above.

Problem number 2) The title of that standard is “Training Curriculum Guidelines – (Non-mandatory).” Note the non-mandatory part; do you know what that means? It means just what it says: It’s non-mandatory.

Click here to read this for yourself on OSHA’s web site. Look for the line at the beginning of the document that reads: Title: Training Curriculum Guidelines – (Non-mandatory).

So the people who run that website are claiming that OSHA requires hands-on training but they are quoting a non-mandatory standard. This is another example of people intentionally misquoting OSHA regulations.

Why would they intentionally mislead you?

It’s plain and simple; they want you to pay them $5,000.00 to attend theirs instead of spending a small fraction of that to take ours.

Do you really want to give a company thousands of dollars when they intentionally mislead you like that? We wouldn’t either.

OK, enough about that stuff. Let’s get back to all the good stuff about the Amdecon training program.

Class Questions

You might be saying to yourself, “What if I have a question? It’s not like I can raise my hand and get an answer.”

Believe us, we have trained students in over 26 countries and all the students had the same questions in every single class. All of your questions will be answered if you just study as the program is designed. All we ask is that you jot down your questions as they come to you and continue studying. Typically you will find that when a question pops up in your mind it’s getting ready to be answered if you’ll just continue studying, your questions will be answered.

But what happens if you really do come up with a question that has never been asked before? It’s easy: You email or call us and we’ll discuss it. We are available to you and it’s really just that simple.

“But, how do I follow along with the class?” We include the files to print out our textbook, which is synchronized with the training videos.

When the instructor says, “Turn to page 95,” you simply turn to page 95 in the textbook that you printed out and you’re right there in class with everyone else. Why waste our natural resources, add to global warming, and pay shipping charges to have a textbook shipped to you when you can simply print one out at your home or office? You will feel just like you’re in the class reading the textbook and hearing everything everyone is saying. Because we don’t have to print the textbooks and ship them to you we can offer this opportunity at a lower price.

Final Thoughts

If you are serious about this it’s time to get started. It’s time to quit “thinking about it.” It’s time to stop “doing research.” And it’s time to quit telling all your friends, “SOMEDAY I’m going to be a crime scene cleaner.” It’s time to do it.

There are two kinds of people in this world: Talkers and doers. Which one are you?

Your investment in your future is only $495.00 and your certification exam is included.