About Us


The Cleaning Equipment Trade Association (CETA) is a hybrid and evolved from two organizations: the Cleaning Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) and the Association of Pressure Washer Distributors (APD).

CEMA was originally formed to address common needs and opportunities of the pressure cleaning industry, while APD was formed by distributors to address the needs and opportunities for their future in the pressure cleaning industry.

In 1990, the two associations joined forces to bring their common goals for the pressure cleaning industry together. The merger of these two associations created CETA.

CETA is an international non-profit trade association made up of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, contractors/end users, and associates. All these members coordinate efforts to promote public awareness, professionalism, industry-wide safety standards, and education for the advancement of the powered cleaning equipment industry.

CETA’s annual trade show, co-located with ISSA/INTERCLEAN, is a one-week event where key leaders and decision makers in the industrial and commercial cleaning industry meet. They take advantage of the most efficient and informative ways to find new opportunities to strengthen business connections. Our show is a great opportunity to join more than 17,000 cleaning industry leaders and meet with 700+ exhibitors from around the globe.

CETA offers the Distributor Certification Program to promote and maintain the highest standards of service and personal conduct among its members. Adherence to these standards is required for acceptance into the program; the program ensures public confidence in the integrity and service of the Cleaning Equipment Trade Association.

The Manufacturer Certification Program offers the CETA Performance Certification Standard. Across the globe, standards are a key tool of business. Our industry is not exempt. As more new domestic and overseas manufacturers enter the market, uniform methods of measuring and rating machine performance are critical for clarity in our market.

CETA opened up our membership to contractors/end users to bring the entire pressure cleaning industry together. We are proud of our many offerings and strengths, including: experienced board members, strong regional partners and support, news service and recognition, long history, membership service, growth, traditions, educational opportunities, focus on professionalism, certifications, scholarships, and our annual trade show.