For anyone else that stumbled upon this, I followed some instructions that one of the help desk guys gave me
For this kind of requirement, you could set the post_status on the acf_form() to ‘draft’ so that any changes made to the form will not be required to pass validation. You could then create some custom logic within the acf/validate_save_post to ignore all the errors if the post status is ‘draft’. The final step will be to hook into the acf/save_post to determine if all the fields have been filled and then change the post_status to publish.
Please take a look at the following resources that may help:
I followed the instructions in the item I have asterisks around. I created a “True/False” field that stated: “Are you ready to validate your application?” If that is FALSE, I clear all errors with acf_reset_validation_errors()