Certificate in Global Human Resources Management

Why You Should Take This Program

Villanova University offers an intensive online program which is designed primarily for individuals seeking certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) featuring the SHRM® Global Learning System®, the new standard for Global HR. This course is offered in full partnership with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM®) and various local SHRM chapters in the Greater Philadelphia region. Villanova uses Blackboard for their online learning.

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Course Fees

A course investment of $1500 for SHRM National members, and $1600 for non-members includes the SHRM Global Learning System® print modules, online learning software and access to the online Resource Center, mastery tests and 30 hours of instructor-led learning.

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Course Dates  

New Online Format:

1st class: October 13, 2014

About the Program

HR has changed in the past decade, expanding across borders, cultures and economies. HR professionals earning an HR Certification Institute’s Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) certification will be prepared to assume responsibilities beyond U.S. regulations – and possess the capability to develop global and cross-border HR Policies. Earning your GPHR® certification shows that you have demonstrated mastery of the international HR body of knowledge and have accepted the challenge to stay informed of new developments in the international HR field.

The course helps prepare participants for the HR Certification Institute's national examination for the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®). Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will receive the certificate in Global Professional Human Resource Management from Villanova University, along with 3.0 Continuing Education Units. For those taking the course for recertification purposes, successful completion will result in the awarding of 30 HR recertification credit hours.

Why Choose the SHRM Global Learning® Course?

By enrolling in this course, you will develop new knowledge and skills that will improve your workplace effectiveness immediately. You will:

  • Prepare for HR Certification Institute's GPHR® certification exam with the most up-to-date materials.
  • Sharpen your test-taking skills and increase your confidence through pre and post-tests.
  • Strengthen your competencies and productivity through effective global HR training.
  • Identify key methods and practical guidelines for many global HR tasks.

Program Features Support a Blended Approach to Learning

With our blended approach, you’ll learn from printed workbooks, software, online tools and a dynamic learning experience.

  • Global content that corresponds to the updated GPHR® Body of Knowledge including legislation from six countries/regions that were identified in the practice analysis.
  • Proven training program that includes a blended format of Print and web-based study tools designed to enhance your exam preparation.
  • More than 750 sample exam questions to test your knowledge.
  • Interactive case studies for each module to apply learned principles.
  • A post-test that mirrors the HR Certification Institute exam to hone your test taking skills.

SHRM Global Learning® Modules

Five printed modules each include a comprehensive book that details key terms, leading principles and practical examples, and contains a number of charts and checklists that can be quickly accessed and learned.

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Strategic HR Management

Learn how to develop global HR strategies to support the organization’s short- and long-term business goals and corporate values.

  • Participating in creating the organization’s global strategy.
  • Aligning HR processes and activities with the organization’s global strategy.
  • Adapting processes to the cultural and legal contexts of each area of the global organization.
  • Enhancing communication between the organization and its stakeholders.
  • Ensuring that the HR function possesses the skills, knowledge, and resources to fulfill its global role.

Global Talent Acquisition and Mobility
Learn about the development, implementation, and evaluation of global staffing strategies to support organizational objectives in a culturally and contextually appropriate manner. This includes the recruitment, hiring, preparation, and global mobility of employees to meet business needs.

  • Developing global talent strategies.
  • Implementing the strategies, translating them into day-to-day activities.
  • Evaluating the strategies to ensure that they make significant contributions to the organization.

Global Compensation and Benefits
Learn about the establishment and ongoing assessment of a global compensation strategy, including remuneration, benefits, and perquisite programs aligned with the company’s business objectives.

  • Complying with local compensation practices, laws, and regulations.
  • Accommodating varied employee values and expectations stemming from differences in cultures, languages, and communication preferences.
  • Dealing with different standards and costs of living, multiple currencies, exchange rates, inflation/deflation rates, tax systems, and tax rates.
  • Addressing organizational business changes (expansions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, greenfield operations, and divestitures).

Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Development
Learn about the design, implementation, and enrichment of organizational structures, programs, and processes to effectively develop and engage a global workforce aligned with the organization’s business needs, culture, and values.

  • Managing talent and performance of local and international assignees.
  • Establish employee engagement, training and development programs.
  • Create and implement leadership development and change management initiatives.

Workforce Relations and Risk Management
Learn about the establishment of processes and practices that protect or enhance organizational value by managing risk and addressing employee rights and needs on a global basis. International, supranational, national labor-related standards and laws with which global HR must ensure compliance as they relate to:

  • The most common forms of workforce organizations with which HR professionals may work (e.g., labor unions and works councils).
  • HR practices that promote a positive work environment.
  • Managing HR risk in a global context.

Who Should Attend

HR professionals with at least two years of exempt-level (professional) experience who:

  • Has a cross-border HR responsibility (more than one country).
  • Understand the strategies of globalization versus localization of HR policies and programs.
  • Establish HR policies and initiatives that support the organization’s global growth and reputation as an employer.
  • Design organizational structures, programs and processes to achieve worldwide business needs.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs, processes and tools to ensure that they align with competitive practice, the organization’s objectives and legal requirements.
  • Oversee practices that ensure favorable employment conditions balancing employer needs with employee rights and needs.
  • Have core knowledge of the organization’s international HR activities.

HR Certification Institute's TM Certification Information

Certification Examination Eligibility Requirements

GPHR Eligibility: 2 years of demonstrated global professional HR experience with a Master's degree or higher; 3 years of demonstrated professional HR experience (with 2 of the 3 being global HR experience) with a Bachelor's degree; 4 years of demonstrated professional HR experience (with 2 of the 4 being global HR experience) with less than a Bachelor's degree. Testing is offered at more than 250 Thomson Prometric testing centers in the U.S. and Canada, and 116 internationally. Please visit www.HRCI.org to learn more about testing windows, deadlines, exam fees and how to apply for the exam.

SHRM Memberships
For information concerning SHRM membership visit their website or phone (800) 283-7476, option #3.

For information concerning certification, visit the HR Certification Institute website or phone (866) 898-4724

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