The American Society for Nondestructive Testing 

ASNT – The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (not to be confused with Aerobics & Sport in Newcastle upon Tyne!) exists to create a safer world by serving the NDT professions and promoting NDT technologies, through publishing, certification, research and conferencing. It is the American equivalent of our BINDT.

Although the ASNT recently introduced a central certification scheme, similar to our PCN, it is better
known for publishing Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing (2006) which provides guidelines for employers wishing to establish in-house certification programmes.

SNT-TC-1A establishes the general framework for a qualification and certification programme. It also provides recommended educational, experience and training requirements for the different test methods.

The actual certification of operators to Level 1 and Level 2 under the auspices of this document is done by the employer and not ASNT. An operator certified by examination through their employer to Level III in accordance with the Recommended Practice may be called a 'Level III'. ASNT does certify individuals to Level III by examination and these may be identified by the title 'ASNT NDT Level III'. Individuals certified through the ASNT Central Certification Programme (ACCP) are also referred to as 'ASNT certified' and may be identified by the titles 'ACCP Level II' or 'ACCP Professional Level III'.

Like BINDT, the ASNT has a Branch structure and the Branch which covers the UK is the North Atlantic
Branch. The NATL Branch Annual Dinner, Exhibition and Conference is to be held on the evening of 4 February 2009 and the day of 5 February 2009.

For more information on ASNT see:

The North Atlantic Section website is available at:

For information of the NATL Annual Dinner, Exhibition and Conference contact:
Susan Young on +44 (0)1226 765769 or

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