Michael J. Tillman, CSHO, founded Amdecon in 1999. He has handled crime and trauma scene, meth lab, and hoarder property jobs across America, and has trained thousands of students in more countries around the globe than any other CTS Decon instructor.
After years of in-field work experience at hundreds of suicides, homicides, unattended deaths, and industrial accidents and fatalities, Amdecon’s founder, Michael J. Tillman, opened the world’s first dedicated CTS Decon Training center and created and held the industry’s first 5-day Decontamination Specialist Training Course in August of 2004, in Irving, Texas.
This training center was the world’s first training facility dedicated to the CTS Decon Industry and the first to use crime and trauma scene mock-up rooms using furniture, personal belongings, different floor coverings, different ceiling finishes, artwork, computers etc., using real brain tissue and blood to recreate a real-word scenario.
Everything was as real as the real thing gets, down to the stench and blood spatter patterns.
This 40-hour, 5-day course with real world mockups has since become the standard to meet.
In 2007 leading the field again, Mr. Tillman launched his world-wide distance learning courses for this industry. In an effort to help as many people as possible all around the world, he has closed down the traditional style training center and now only offers distance learning courses. He realized the more people he could train, the more people he could help. To date, he has taught thousands of students in over 26 countries, and all of those students are now helping families in their communities.
In addition to thousands of hours and years performing in-field work since 1999, Mr. Tillman achieved the title of Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) at the OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center (OTISEC), which is a member of The Texas A&M University System and one of only 26 OSHA Education Centers. Obtaining this certification was a five-year process.
Mr. Tillman has been trained and certified in the following:
Certified Safety & Health Official (OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center)
OSHA 501 Outreach Trainer
OSHA Hazardous Materials
OSHA Respiratory Protection
Respirator Fit Test Administrator
OSHA Confined Space
OSHA Machine Guarding
OSHA Electrical Standards
Certified Drug Lab Decontamination-Worker (State of Washington)
Certified Drug Lab Decontamination-Supervisor (State of Washington)
Certified Asbestos Abatement Worker (Ontario, Canada)
Certified Asbestos Abatement Supervisor (Ontario, Canada)
Marijuana Grow Operations Remediation Supervisor
Certified Anti-Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
Certified Hazmat and Safety at Clandestine Drug Labs
IICRC UFT–Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
IICRC FSRT–Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
IICRC OCT–Odor Control Technician
IICRC HST–Health and Safety Technician
IICRC CCT–Carpet Cleaning Technician
IICRC MSR–Master Fire and Smoke Restorer
Mr. Tillman is an international trainer and has been featured nationally and internationally as an expert and leader in the safety and health industries, including the CTS Decon industry.
He has been interviewed by radio and television affiliates with Newsweek, CBS, NBC, ABC, Telemundo, and RLT Germany, and cited as an expert in the bio-recovery industry for major publications, including:
Interviu Magazine (Spain)
Brutus Magazine (Japan)
RTL TV Network (Germany)
the Dallas Morning News
ICS Cleaning Specialist
Cleaning and Restoration Trade Journal
Maryland Daily Record
the Oxford Press
Tampa Business News
The Fugitive Post
Ashland City Times
And many others…
In April 2008 he became the Executive Director of the Suicide Aftercare Association,
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.