The Accreditation Program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the only one of its kind to monitor the dynamic chamber of commerce industry.
Created in 1964, the Accreditation Program was developed to promote the continuous advancement of the chamber industry in nine areas of work – governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, communication, technology, facilities, and benchmarking.
The Accrediting Board, a panel of U.S. Chamber board members and chamber CEOs from across the country, review and approve Accreditation applications from local and state chambers. Local chambers exceeding the program’s minimum requirements are awarded with three, four, or five stars based on a percentage of their select additional criteria compliance. State chambers exceeding the minimum requirements and less than 90% compliance with select additional criteria are awarded Accredited State Chamber. State chambers exceeding the basic requirements and 90% or greater compliance with select additional criteria are awarded Accredited State Chamber with Distinction.