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ASNT Strategic Plan: Pillar #1

Expand and improve our certification portfolio

Since 1977, ASNT’s success and growth has been led by our certification programs, with the ASNT NDT Level III serving as the anchor program. We have identified as a key strength our capability and capacity for managing certification programs. This pillar builds on that strength by focusing resources and attention to retain current market share by improving the ASNT NDT II and III, to capture ISO 9712 market share by entering new regions with the ASNT 9712 Certification Program, and to expand demand for niche industry markets with Industry Sector Qualification.

Future Vision

ASNT will be the world leader in providing third-party, individual certifications and qualifications based on both the SNT-TC-1A (Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A: Personnel Qualification and Certification in Nondestructive Testing) and ISO 9712 standards.


To achieve this vision, our strategy has five dimensions. First, we must sustain our most valuable asset—the ASNT NDT Level III program—by protecting it against theft of test questions and cheating by implementing randomized test generation. Second, we will capture ISO 9712 market share by implementing the ASNT 9712 Certification Program in regions outside the United States, bundled with training programs and priced competitively for each region. The ASNT 9712 Certification Program will serve as the foundation for our regional expansion. Third, we build on the success of the Industry Sector Qualification (ISQ) program by expanding to 15 qualifications in the oil and gas industry and launching ISQ to a second industry sector to be identified. Fourth, we increase demand for third-party Level II certification by advocating its importance and gaining industry support, and by revising SNT-TC-1A and CP-189 to encourage adoption of third-party Level II certification. Fifth, we expand certification program management services to additional clients in support of their employer-based certification programs.


  1. Implement ASNT 9712 to an ISO 9712 program by 31 March 2022.
  2. Launch an Industry Sector Qualification program for a second industry by 1 January 2024.
  3. Achieve randomized test generation for the ASNT NDT III program by 30 June 2024.
  4. Expand the ISQ Oil & Gas program to 15 method qualifications by 30 June 2026.
  5. Increase annual certification revenue 66.7%, from $3 million to $5 million by FY26.
  6. Increase the total number of people credentialed to 25 000 by 30 June 2026.