The role can be extremely rewarding, but it is not for the fainthearted! In this blog, we will discuss what it takes to become a crime scene cleaner in the UK.
Learn about the role of a crime scene cleaner
A crime scene cleaner is a trained professional who specialises in cleaning trauma scenes and crime scenes. This might include road traffic accidents, suicides, murders, and industrial accidents.
Crime scene cleaners are usually called in once the police and forensic investigations are complete. They sanitise the affected areas and remove biohazards (e.g. blood and other bodily fluids) and other hazardous materials using specialist cleaning chemicals and equipment.
Professional crime scene cleaners are important because they disinfect environments affected by crime and remove potentially harmful materials to reduce the risk of infection. You must have a good understanding of the role of a crime scene cleaner if you are interested in pursuing a career in this field.
How do I become a crime scene cleaner?
There are various routes to become a crime scene cleaner in the UK, although most professionals follow these steps:
Step 1: Complete crime scene cleaning training
There are no official education requirements to become a crime scene cleaner in the UK, although you will need to complete rigorous training to operate safely in the industry. There are serious risks associated with crime scene clean up and you will need to learn how to use PPE (personal protective equipment) and operate cleaning equipment effectively.
If you are interested in becoming a crime scene cleaner, you should complete a specialist training course to prepare for the role. At Ultima, we offer an Online Crime Scene Cleaning Course and our popular in-person Biohazard and Decontamination Course with topics covering trauma cleaning and crime scene clean up.
Step 2: Write a standout CV
The next step to getting a job as a crime scene cleaner is to write a resume that will impress potential employers. Make sure that your CV lists your qualifications and highlights any experience that relates to crime scene cleaning or trauma clean-up.
Visit Livecareer.com to see a crime scene cleanup CV example and template.
Step 3: Apply for crime scene cleaning jobs
You can start applying for crime scene cleaning jobs once you have completed the necessary training and prepared a CV. You can look for crime scene cleaner jobs in your local area by searching on job boards, search engines, and social media sites. You can also contact specialist crime scene cleaning companies directly to enquire about vacancies.
Check out our blog, How do you become a crime scene cleaner in the UK? for more advice and tips on how to break into the crime scene cleaning industry.
What makes a good crime scene cleaner?
Crime scene cleanup is a challenging role and working as a crime scene cleaner would not suit everyone. Good crime scene cleaners typically have the following skills and personality traits:
- Attention to detail – There are serious health risks associated with crime scene cleanup. For that reason, crime scene cleaners must pay close attention to detail and always follow protocol and safety guidelines.
- Compassion – Crime scene cleaners interact with people who have experienced intense emotional trauma. They must show compassion and support the people affected by crime scenes.
- Integrity – Crime scene cleaners are required to enter people’s homes and workplaces and must act with integrity and discretion.
- Stamina – Crime scene cleaning is a physically demanding job, so crime scene cleaners must be physically fit and able to clean thoroughly and effectively for long hours.
- Commitment – People and businesses often require crime scene cleaning services during unsociable hours e.g. evenings and weekends. Crime scene cleaners must be committed to the role, flexible, and prepared to work irregular hours.
- Strong stomach – Crime scene cleaners have to remove hazardous materials like human waste and bodily fluids. This role would not suit someone who gets queasy at the sight of blood!
Complete a crime scene cleaning qualification
So you think you have what it takes to become a crime scene cleaner? Start your crime scene cleaning training today!
At Ultima, we offer crime scene cleaning training in the UK taught by expert crime scene cleaners and other industry professionals. Our CPD-accredited online crime scene cleaning training course will teach you the specialist skills and methods needed to sanitise trauma scenes safely and effectively.
We also offer a specialist Biohazard and Decontamination Cleaning Course that takes place at our training facility in Bristol four times a year. This rigorous, in-person course is ideal if you want to learn in a classroom environment and gain hands-on experience.
Get in touch with the Ultima team if you have any questions – we’re always happy to help!