ACORD ACE Designation Program Marks Milestone

PEARL RIVER, NY and LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – May 17, 2009 – Today, ACORD held its first ACORD Certified Expert (ACE) exam during the 2009 ACORD LOMA Insurance Systems Forum. This first exam focused on ACORD Standards, development, and processes.

The ACE Program creates a pool of certified ACORD standards implementers to support the industry. “For many years, we’ve talked about how standards help you work smarter. Now with the ACE program, we’re helping people be smarter to work smarter,” said Beth Grossman, assistant vice president, Education and Training for ACORD.

The program requires candidates to pass three examinations:

  • The ACORD Standards process and history.
  • One or more line of business (domain) specific standards – Property & Casualty/Surety; Life, Annuity & Health; or Reinsurance & Large Commercial.
  • Approved insurance product and process knowledge programs offered by LOMA, AICPCU or the American College (CLU).

The ACE designation is currently in its next stage of development, focused on the domain specific standards examinations and drawing on internal and external Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop the materials.

“With our current roster of Subject Matter Experts and others on the way, we’re tapping into the rich knowledge base within our membership to produce comprehensive and thorough exams leading to qualified implementers,” Grossman added.

ACORD’s ACE SME team currently includes representatives from:

  • AgencyPort
  • Soulware
  • Excalibur
  • Pilotfish
  • Vallue Consulting

Also participating in the program development are testing and curriculum development experts Trudy Mandeville, TechComm Partners and Danny Breidenbach, Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.

Information on the ACE program is available online at


Based in New York, ACORD (Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development) is a global, nonprofit insurance association whose mission is to facilitate the development and use of standards for the insurance, reinsurance and related financial services industries. With offices in London as well, ACORD accomplishes its mission by remaining an objective, independent advocate for sharing information among diverse platforms. ACORD Standards and services improve efficiency and expand market reach. Affiliated with ACORD are hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, and thousands of agents and brokers, related financial services organizations, software providers, and industry organizations worldwide.