SHRM Introduces Global HR Certification

May 1, 2003 ( - HR professionals with international responsibilities at multinational companies have a new certification coming their way.

The Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is developing the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) exam in conjunction with SHRM’s international division, the SHRM Global Forum. The first GPHR exam will be administered at the SHRM Global Forum Conference in the spring of 2004, according to a SHRM news release.

GPHR certification will be earned by passing the examination, and, similar to the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations, requires continuing education every three years.   Content on the exam will be based on the domain of knowledge identified last year by the International Practice Analysis Task Force, which was comprised of representatives from HRCI and the SHRM Global Forum.   Those domains include:

  • strategic international HR management
  • global organizational effectiveness and employee development
  • global staffing
  • international assignment management
  • global compensation and benefits
  • international employee relations and regulations.  

HR professionals interested in preparing for the exam have some time to wait. Even though, SHRM and the SHRM Global Forum are creating educational materials to help future candidates prepare, the materials will not be ready until December 2003. Meanwhile, more information is available at .