Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit its local economy and positively influence its community. The only program of its kind in the country, U.S. Chamber Accreditation recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance. To achieve Accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum operation and program standards in the areas of governance, program development, governmental affairs, and technology.

With nearly 7,000 chambers in the United States, only 193 are currently accredited, with only 137 at the highest 5-star level. Accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a prestigious honor that distinguishes the high quality, expertise, and strong leadership displayed by Accredited state and local chambers of commerce.