The ACORD Certified Expert program is live. We now have 40+ graduates and 100+ people in the pipeline. Those who work with ACORD Standards need to understand the details. Not to do so is often costly because they make mistakes. It's difficult enough to implement industry standards in software development projects, so why make the process more dificult.
And if you outsource your development or hire contractors, be sure that they are certified. Otherwise, you are paying for them to learn on your nickle or taking longer than necessary as they plow through the technical details. Over time, the ACE designation will become a key ingredient in planning and deploying resources for development projects.