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How do you become a crime scene cleaner in the UK?

Working as a crime scene cleaner is not for the faint-hearted, but it can be an extremely rewarding job for the right person.

Are crime scene cleaners a thing?

Yes! Crime scene cleaners play a vital role in restoring trauma scenes and protecting public health. The job is diverse and can lead to a long and satisfying career in a unique and progressive field.

You don’t need a degree to apply for crime scene cleaner jobs, but you must have a strong stomach and a willingness to learn specialist cleaning solutions. If you’re considering pursuing a career in trauma cleanup, then here are the key steps to become a crime scene cleaner in the UK.

Learn about the role of a crime scene cleaner

You must have a clear understanding of what crime scene cleanup jobs involve and the sanitising products used in forensic cleaning.

Witnessing crime scenes can be extremely traumatic and take a toll on your physical and emotional health. Crime scene cleanup is a gruelling responsibility and the role is not for everyone.

How to Become a Crime Scene Cleaner

Chron describes how “a crime scene cleaner responds to the scene of a violent crime, suicide, or other trauma and cleans areas affected by blood, bodily fluids and other biological material.”

Trauma scenes can be disturbing and crime scene cleaners are often required to work long and unsociable hours. Take this into consideration when deciding whether to pursue this career.

How to learn about crime scene cleaner jobs

You can learn more about crime scene cleanup training and the role and responsibilities of a trauma cleaner by visiting reputable websites like or speaking with people who work in the industry, like our team here at Ultima.

Speaking from experience

Our very own MD, Ben Giles, was recently invited to an exclusive interview for LADBible TV to discuss the ins and outs of murder and suicide cleanup.

This exciting and informative interview will give you a first-hand insight into the role of a crime scene cleaner in the UK.

What is the average crime scene cleaner salary?

According to, the average crime scene cleaner salary is almost £28,000 a year. However, the exact amount will depend on several factors including your experience and your location.

You should be given an indication of the salary on offer when you are applying for crime scene cleaner jobs.

How long does it take to clean up a crime scene?

The time it takes to sanitise a trauma scene will vary depending on several factors such as the size of the affected area, the crime that took place, and the severity of damage. You will learn more about this when you complete a forensic training course.

Understand the requirements for crime scene cleanup

The crime scene cleaning industry is not regulated in the UK, although strict public safety guidelines must be followed to minimise potential risks.

Biohazards like blood and other bodily fluids are regulated by the Health and Safety Executive. This means that only authorised companies can handle the cleanup of biohazards using professional cleaning supplies and cleaning materials.

Who cleans up crime scenes?

Trauma scene cleanup is a challenging field and professionals must meet various background requirements. For instance, crime scene cleaners must have compassion and show integrity when dealing with sensitive situations.

They must also have a good understanding of specialist cleaning solutions and be able to use pro clean products like a handheld fog machine and cleaning chemicals. A thorough background check is carried out to make sure that candidates meet the necessary requirements.

Complete crime scene cleaner qualifications

Crime scene cleaners in the UK must complete specialist training to gain the skills, knowledge, and expertise to meet the demands of the role. If you are interested in becoming a crime scene cleaner, then you will need to complete crime scene cleaning qualifications.

What degree do you need to be a crime scene cleaner?

There are no formal education requirements to become a crime scene cleaner in the UK and a degree is not required.

How to become a crime scene cleaner

You will need to complete an approved crime scene cleanup training or forensic cleaning course that covers topics such as how to use personal protective equipment and how to operate a fogger and sanitizer machine. These skills can be learned through various forensic cleaning online courses and training modules.

Specialist crime scene cleaning online course

At Ultima Cleaning Academy, we offer a variety of specialist biohazard and decontamination training courses and industrial cleaning supplies.

Our new online Suicide, Murder Scene and Trauma Clean-Up course will teach you everything you need to become an effective crime scene cleaner. You can learn more about this fully accredited course by clicking here.

In-person training

Our online programmes are extremely popular but we also offer classroom-based courses if you prefer face-to-face training. For instance, our Decontamination and Biohazard Cleaning Course takes place in person and offers specialist in-depth training from experienced instructors.

This forensic cleaning course covers a wide range of topics including trauma cleaning, pest control supplies, and how to clean up crime scenes using professional cleaning materials.

Biohazard Cleaning Training

Gain relevant industry experience

Once you have completed the relevant crime scene cleaning qualifications, you can start applying for crime scene cleaner jobs. Most crime scene cleaners work for specialist cleaning companies. You can search for trauma scene cleanup jobs online or contact companies directly to enquire about positions.

Many employers provide induction training to teach employees the specialist skills and knowledge needed to work safely in crime scene cleanup. Look for an employer that offers structured training and career development.

On-the-job trauma cleaning training

Many crime scene cleaner jobs require intensive on-the-job training to prepare for the role. You will also need to gain a thorough understanding of the specialist sanitising products and cleaning solutions used in trauma cleaning.

Relevant training courses

You may also decide to enhance your CV by completing additional training courses on specialist topics like biohazard awareness, sharps removal, or professional cleaning solutions.

Earning extra certifications will give you a competitive advantage and help you secure the top roles in the crime scene cleaning industry.

Ultima Training Area

Have the right tools and equipment – Key for your safety

Crime scene cleaners must have the right equipment and cleaning supplies to complete their work tasks safely and efficiently.

This should include the appropriate PPE, essential cleaning products, and antiviral disinfectant from high-grade cleaning products brands such as Byotrol.

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If you think that you have what it takes to be a crime scene cleaner, then start researching the role and find out what qualifications and training you will need.

Get in touch for expert advice
Our team has many years of experience cleaning crime scenes and training professionals on how to carry out safe and effective trauma cleanup.

Get in touch with our team if you have any questions about our crime scene cleaning course or cleaning supplies. You can visit our website to learn more about our exciting range of online and face-to-face courses.


  1. Gemma

    Hi where is your nearest course to me please I’m in Kent

      • Ben farrimond

        I am starting up my own business for a cleaning service company, i would also like to add this to the list of things we are able to do. With all the relvant training and certification, licences and the right equipment and correct products am i able to do that.

      • Sarah stone

        Hi where is the nearest course in bristol I’ve been a general cleaner in secondary schools now for 10yrs but would love to learn the crime scene side off cleaning

  2. Luke nelson

    Hi my name is luke I’m a scaffolder 30 years in the game I would like a change in life and this is one job I would like to do but don’t know how to go about it can you help please I’m a hard worker and will do my best to help

  3. Stevie Henson

    I am in Guildford… where is the nearest course please.

    • The Ultima Team✨

      Hi Stevie, thanks for getting in touch!

      All of our face-to-face courses are held in Bristol. You can see full details and available dates here.

  4. Gemma

    Hello, I am a self employed cleaner running my own cleaning business. I am looking to gain experience in different aspects of cleaning and I am looking to add crime scene cleans to expand and grow.

      • Reece Parker

        Ive been thinking about maybe looking into something like this for a while now, I have no experience in this sort of thing but find it fascinating.

        What would be my first steps, I live in Northampton.

        • The Ultima Team✨

          Hi Reece, thanks for getting in contact! The first step would be to look into taking our training course, you can find all the details here or get in contact with us for more information.

          • Chelsea Garrett-mortimore

            Hi their,
            I Have always been fascinated by the world of forensics.
            Not one bit of experiance but i am willing to learn, I’m a fast learner at that, but cannot unfortunately give nearly £1000 for the course.. I just dont have it.
            This is the job I’ve always wanted. I’ve got a stronge stomach and a will to learn. I cannot travel far due to my daughter. Hope to hear back of yourselves soon.

  5. Marie doughty

    I would love to do crime scene cleaning how do I go about applying for this kind of job

  6. Elizabeth

    How long does a course last and what is the cost please

  7. Anita Petrocenko

    I would like to know cost for training and do you provide with job offers after completing training.

  8. Eleanor

    I was wondering if it is a full time job and how old do you have to be to do it because I am 17 does that mean I am old enough to apply for the course.

  9. Fiona Brown

    Hi I would like to get into crime scence cleaning I’ve been interested in it for a while but don’t where to start if help me out much appreciated

    • The Ultima Team✨

      Hi Fiona! The best place to start would be our training courses which are available both in-person and online. See our training page for more details!

  10. Hannah


    Just a quick question, I’ve been interested in this field of work for a long time but wasn’t sure where to start. Is the online course for ‘Suicide, Murder scene and trauma cleanup’ a good place to start? And could I start applying for crime scene cleanup jobs after I have finished this course or would I need to take the health an safety and blood borne pathogen awareness courses too?

    Any help is appreciated!

  11. Diana Louise Roberts

    hi there I live in Cornwall and is interested in being crime scene trained how do I go about this I already have my own cleaning business but would like to add this to services offered once a person is trained is it the case of making sure u have all the ppe , proper cleaning products ,fog machine etc are u able to help me understand what is needed tha ks Diana roberts


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