The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) has launched a new program for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel. The ASNT Central Certification Program (ACCP) provides for certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) personnel by both written and hands-on practical examinations. ASNT developed the ACCP in response to demand from industry to provide NDT personnel certification of a uniformly high standard, that would be recognized worldwide, and that would reduce multiple audits and examinations of NDT personnel qualifications.The features of the ACCP and details of the steps necessary to obtain certification at various levels of competence are presented. The ACCP is contrasted with other systems of NDT personnel qualification and certification. ASNT is currently administering the new ACCP examinations in the magnetic particle and liquid penetrant methods of NDT, to both Level II and Level III candidates. The radiographic and ultrasonic methods examinations will be available by October 1997 and the Visual Method examinations will be available by the end of 1997. Authorized Examination Centers have been established in the United States and a worldwide network is planned.