In an effort to create and maintain a large pool of ACORD standards experts, the organization established a new designation program—ACE, for ACORD Certified Expert—for standards implementers.

An individual with an ACE-certification has received a consistent training, passed the exams required for the designation and is up to date on the latest ACORD standards and versions through continuing education. Organizations that wish to implement ACORD standards may increase their confidence level in staff knowledge by working with an ACE-certified resource, ACORD says.

Criteria for receiving an ACE include three exams (registration for the first exam is now open) focusing on specific topic areas:

• Participation in the standards process
• Business line-specific standards (property/casualty/surety; life, annuity and health; or reinsurance and large commercial)
• Insurance product knowledge

Continuing education also will be mandatory for maintaining an ACE.

"The ACE designation program meets a specific industry need for ACORD standards implementation experts," says Beth Grossman, assistant VP, education and training, ACORD, who is spearheading this effort. "Organizations from insurers to solution providers will be able to more easily find the resources they need."

Those interested in learning more about the ACE certification can e-mail Grossman.

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