Meaningful Travel

Here in the United States, this is the season when many people take time for personal and family holidays. It’s often a time when great rates on travel packages can be found. The days are longer, families look to spend important time together, and thoughts of sandy beaches or far-off getaways fill our minds and spirits. There is an overwhelming need to get out, downshift, and breathe deeply in a city that is not your own. So, as many members and those involved in nondestructive testing are beginning personal and family holidays and travel, this is also a great time to once again share a bit about ASNT’s recent travels.

Over the past twelve months, officers, committed member volunteers, and senior staff have traveled extensively for the benefit of the Society. The countries to which we traveled included Brazil, France, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom, and Austria.

When ASNT undertakes travel, it is with the goal of cultivating a meaningful relationship and mutual respect for the host country organizations, and then focusing that relationship into a partnership of importance. Having personal meetings was a critical factor in ASNT’s successful implementation of computer-based testing (CBT). This initiative was executed with thoughtful consideration of impacted international agencies and organizations. Being culturally competent and responsible helped craft the pathway to provide unprecedented access to ASNT certification examinations around the world.

The NDT community now can schedule online examinations in 175 countries. The Society is proud to bring this convenience to this industry of dedicated professionals that value ASNT certification as integral in their career growth and excellence.

As ASNT President David R. Bajula mentioned in his June President’s Letter, his recent travel to Canada was fruitful in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Canadian nondestructive testing (NDT) certifying organization. MOUs are an example of a takeaway that provides expectations of reciprocity for each signing organization. From members being able to attend events for the same registration fee as a member of the host society to each having exhibit space at the host society’s events to promote its respective activities, MOUs are a great way to shorten the distance between our sister societies and remain in effective dialogue and partnership.

Mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) are another important vehicle ASNT is using to deepen connections with our global partners. As you read this column, there are meetings taking place with organizations to discuss more tangible value-added benefits and sharing of resources and knowledge backed by an agreed upon business plan that will make your ASNT membership and certifications even more valuable. Look for an upcoming announcement of ASNT’s first MRA signing and what it means for you.

ASNT presently has 23 MOUs with NDT sister societies and peer societies in very populous nations such as Japan, United Kingdom, Spain, Korea, India, Australia, and Brazil, as well as moderate size organizations in Azerbaijan, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, among others. ASNT views each relationship as equally valuable, regardless of the size.

If you happen to fly to your holiday destination, drive, or take a train (and, no doubt, appreciate the NDT quality checks that your vehicle has undergone to ensure your safety) you may pass an ASNT volunteer or senior staffer en route to shaking hands with an international Society partner to make your membership experience more robust and impactful.

We remain dedicated to making your membership more meaningful and fruitful, and as always we welcome your comments and suggestions. Have a terrific summer!

Dr. Arnold “Arny” Bereson
ASNT Executive Director