Timeline of ASNT History

75th AnniversaryThis timeline illustrates many of the significant highlights in ASNT's 75 year history. It includes the publications, certifications, membership, and Society structure that have played a significant role in the progress of the nondestructive testing profession.

Year Event
1941 The American Industrial Radium and X-Ray Society is founded on 4 August by Philip D. Johnson and eight others in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Section becomes the first official Society section; the first meeting of the Society takes place on 14 October at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Mehl Honor Lecture is created in honor of Dr. Robert F. Mehl.
1942 Volume 1, Number 1 of the Society’s quarterly journal, Industrial Radiography, is published in the summer.
1943 The Lester Honor Lecture is established. Society membership reaches 500.
1944 Society membership expands its reach outside of the U.S. with members in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, and Chile.
1946   With the summer issue, the name of the Society's journal is changed to Industrial Radiography and Non-Destructive Testing.
1947 The name of the Society is changed to the Society for Nondestructive Testing, and the journal is renamed Non-Destructive Testing.
1953 The Society’s journal is renamed Nondestructive Testing, without the hyphen, and moves from a quarterly to a bimonthly.
1954 The Society’s first international section, the Ontario (Canada) Section, is chartered on 14 February.
1955 Dr. Robert C. McMaster, past president and professor of welding engineering at The Ohio State University, is selected to serve as editor of the Nondestructive Testing Handbook.
1959 The first edition of the Nondestructive Testing Handbook is published in two volumes.
1963 The Technical Council approves Recommended Practice SNT-TC-1T (Tentative), which is the precursor to Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A.
1964 The Society’s renamed journal, Materials Evaluation, publishes in January and moves from a bimonthly to a monthly publication. Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A publishes in Materials Evaluation. The Board adopts the “Code of Ethics” for members of the Society. The Connecticut Yankee Section receives the first President’s Award.
1966 The Board approves the formation of the Educational Council. SNT celebrates its 25th anniversary in October. Recommended Practice No. SNT-TC-1A is offered as a five-document set or as individual supplements in ET, RT, MT, PT, and UT.
1967 The Society changes its name to the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) during the 27th Annual Business Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.
1968 The “Technical Council Yearbook,” equivalent to today’s Ready Reference issue, is published in the October Materials Evaluation.
1970 A two-person delegation, including the chair of the ASNT Industrial Division of the Technical Council; represents the U.S. at the first meeting of the ISO/TC 135 Non-destructive testing committee in London, England in September, thus beginning ASNT’s involvement with the International Standards Organization (ISO).
1971 The Tutorial Award (currently the George L. Pherigo Tutorial Citation) is established; the Board approves a 25-year lapel pin for ASNT members; the Education Council publishes its first yearbook in Materials Evaluation.
1972 The Board approves the establishment of the ASNT Fellow award.
1973 Materials Evaluation publishes a 30-year index covering Volume 1 (Summer 1942) through Volume 30 (December 1972).
1974 During the later part of the year, ASNT and ASTM become co-administrators of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO/TC 135. The Board authorizes implementation of a program for the certification of Level III personnel.
1975 ASNT begins offering an employment service section in Materials Evaluation for individual members and NDT businesses. Society founder Philip Johnson retires from the organization
1976 ASNT headquarters moves to Columbus, Ohio. The ASNT NDT Level III certification program is established.
1977 The first ASNT NDT Level III examinations are given in 10 cities in March.
1978 The first issue of Redi-Reference (Volume 36, Number 3 of Materials Evaluation) is published.
1980 ASNT NDT Level III exams are offered for the first time outside the U.S.
1981 ASNT celebrates its 40th anniversary. The first ASNT Fellowship Award is given to The Ohio State University, Department of Welding Engineering.
1982 The Spring Conference is held in Boston, Massachusetts and includes a dedication ceremony at the Boston Naval Shipyard. Nondestructive Testing Handbook, second edition: Vol. 1: Leak Testing is published in June, marking the beginning of the 10-volume second edition Handbook series.
1983 Materials Evaluation prints its first “NDT Buyers Guide."
1985 ASNT hosts the 11th World Conference on Nondestructive Testing (WCNDT) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Section Operations Council is founded.
1989 A groundbreaking ceremony is held for current ASNT offices in Columbus, Ohio. Volume 1, Number 1 of Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE) is published by Springer International.
1990 The Research Council is founded. ASNT membership reaches 10,000 members. ASNT's new office building is dedicated in Columbus, Ohio.
1991 The first edition of the American National Standard ANSI/ASNT CP-189, ASNT Standard for Qualification and Certification of Nondestructive Testing Personnel, is published. 
1992 ASNT celebrates 50 years of the journal. The Board approves ASNT’s first strategic plan.
1993 First Section Leaders Conference takes place in Columbus, Ohio
1994 The Industrial Radiography Radiation (IRRSP) program offers certifications in gamma ray, X-ray, or both and meets Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) criteria for third-party certification.
1995 ASNT establishes ASNTnet, an electronic bulletin board service.
1996 ASNT launches NDT Link and its website presence at www.asnt.org. The ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) is introduced. With the release of Vol. 10, Nondestructive Testing Overview, the second edition of the NDT Handbook series is complete.
1997 Certification Management Board (then a committee of the Board) is elevated to council status to what is known today as the Certification Management Council. ASNT certifies its first ACCP Professional Level III candidate. 
1998 Nondestructive Testing Handbook, third edition: Vol. 1: Leak Testing is released in May.
1999 The Education and Qualification Council and Technical Council consolidate to become the Technical and Education Council. RNDE ranks number one by the Institute for Scientific Information for citations of materials characterization and testing publications.
2000 Membership approves the Society’s new mission statement: “ASNT exists to create a safer world by promoting the profession and technologies of nondestructive testing.”
2001 The Society celebrates its 60th Anniversary. The Board unanimously approves a $10,000 charitable contribution for aid to the victims of the September 11 attacks in the U.S. ASNT starts selling publications online at “Shop ASNT.”
2002 The first issue of The NDT Technician (TNT) premieres in January. A searchable online directory of ASNT NDT Level III certificate holders is made available.
2003 The ASNT NDT Level III, ACCP, and IRRSP programs receive American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation to ISO 17024.
2004 ASNT celebrates 40 years of the Society’s journal under the name of Materials Evaluation. After a year’s hiatus, Research in Nondestructive Evaluation (RNDE) resumes publication.
2005 ASNT releases Personnel Training Publications Classroom Training Series: Liquid Penetrant Testing Classroom Training Book, the first in a series of technician-level publications.
2006  ASNT membership ratifies combining the Society’s Constitution and Bylaws documents into one document—ASNT Bylaws.
2007 For the first time, members taking part in annual ASNT officer and director elections can vote online. RNDE begins to use a web-based author/reviewer manuscript system.
2009 ASNT launches the e-Mentoring program. California and Ohio adopt new state regulations that accept individuals with IRRSP certificates to satisfy their revised personnel requirements. Materials Evaluations undergoes a major redesign.
2010 The ASNT NDT Level II program is approved in October. International membership surpasses the 40% mark.
2012 With the release of Vol. 10, NDT Overview, the third edition of the Nondestructive Testing Handbook is complete.
2013 Redesigned ASNT website unveiled, including MyASNT, a new self-service portal for purchasing and interacting with ASNT. Materials Evaluation available in digital format and begins accepting manuscripts online. Digital versions of ASNT publications (e-Books) available for purchase.
2014 ASNT introduces its first industry specific handbook, ASNT Industry Handbook: Aerospace NDT, in October.
2015 ASNT headquarters renamed the International Service Center. Society surpasses 15,000 members in 95 sections.