Professional Development Center

SHRM Global Learning System®


The new global standard.

Featuring the SHRM Global Learning System®, the new standard for Global HR. This intensive seven session program is designed primarily for individuals seeking certification as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®).

HR has changed in the past decade, expanding across borders, cultures and economies. HR professionals earning an HR Certification Institute's GPHR® certification will be prepared to assume responsibilities beyond U.S. regulations-and possess the capability to develop global and cross-border HR policies.

If you are an HR professional with international and cross-border responsibilities or you've been planning to earn your GPHR certification, now is the time to enroll in our HR Certification Institute's exam preparation course based on the 2010 SHRM Global Learning System.

We offer this program in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM Global Learning System has been designed to maximize your experience, education and skill set to provide you with the best chance to pass the GPHR exam. It is the most widely used HR Certification Institute certification preparation product in the marketplace.

One of the reasons for its success is the careful process by which the program is developed and maintained. The curriculum, designed by a world-class team of global HR and course-development experts, covers the 2010 HR Certification Institute Global Body of Knowledge and includes a number of features and tools that develop specific competencies and decision-making skills.

Who should attend

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

  • Developing and implementing global HR strategies
  • Managing HR operations overseas
  • International assignment management
  1. Strategic HR Management
  2. Learn how to develop global HR strategies to support the organization's short- and long-term business goals and corporate values. 

    Key topics include:

    • 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.

  1. Global Talent Acquisition and Mobility
  2. 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.

    Key topics include:

    • 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.

  1. Global Compensation and Benefits
  2. 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. 

    Key topics include:

    • 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, and 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).
  1. Organizational Effectiveness and Talent Development
  2. 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.

    Key topics include:

    • 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.
  1. Workforce Relations and Risk Management
  2. 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.

    Key topics include:

    • International, supranational, and 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.

Program Schedule


In Person Course and Online Course run on Saturdays as follows:

September 18, 25; October 9, 23; November 6, 20; December 4, 2010

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Cleveland State University, Main Campus, Cleveland, Ohio

Course Fees:

In Person Course:

Tuition for the course is $1,105. Members of SHRM national or local chapters and/or CSU Alumni pay a discounted tuition of $1,055. Course fee includes the SHRM Global Learning System print modules, online learning software, breakfast, and parking.

Online Course:

Tuition for the course is $955. Members of SHRM national or local chapters and/or CSU Alumni pay a discounted tuition of $905. Course fee includes the SHRM Global Learning System print modules and online learning software. (Webinar students are required to use their own PC. Students must also have an internet connection, PC camera and PC microphone.  Online course is not compatible with Apple computers.)

Registration Deadline is September 13, 2010.




Register online: Use your MasterCard, Visa, or Discover credit card
Register by Mail: Submit completed registration form to the Professional Development Center
Register by Phone: Call 216.687.4750                 


Refund Policy

Registrants who cancel will receive a refund less a $50 processing fee if we receive written notification by September 13, 2010. No refunds will be issued after September 13, 2010.

On-site course delivery

We also offer on-site course delivery at your company. For more information, contact Marie Herlevi at 216-523-7278.

Important Dates and Locations

Testing is offered at more than 250 Thomson Prometric testing centers in the U.S. and Canada, and 116 internationally. 

GPHR Exam Window

Winter Exam  
Dec. 1 - 31, 2010 
Regular Application Deadline: Oct. 8, 2010 
Late Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2010

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
Professional Development Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, BU 327
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
Professional Development Center
Monte Ahuja Hall, Rm. 327
1860 East 18th Street
Phone: 216.687.4750
Fax: 216.687.9331

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