HRCI Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

Earning the Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) demonstrates your expertise of multinational HR responsibilities, including strategies of globalization development of HR policies and initiatives that support organizational global growth. The GPHR recognizes your competencies and skills in managing HR disciplines in a global marketplace. If you are practicing HR primarily outside of the U.S., refer to the aPHRi, PHRi or SPHRi certifications.

The GPHR credential demonstrates your expertise of multinational HR responsibilities.

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Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the GPHR you must meet one of the following conditions for education and/or experience: Have at least two years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Master’s degree or higher, Have at least three years of experience in a professional-level HR position and a Bachelor’s degree, OR Have at least four years of experience in a professional-level HR position.

HRCI GPHR Exam Summary:

Exam Name HRCI Global Professional in Human Resources
Exam Code  GPHR
Exam Fee USD $495
Application Fee  USD $100 
Exam Duration  135 Minutes plus 30 minutes administration time Minutes
Number of Questions  125
Passing Score  500/700 
Format  Multiple Choice Questions
Books /Training  Training
Sample Questions  HRCI HR Global Professional Exam Sample Questions and Answers
Practice Exam  HRCI Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) Practice Test 

HRCI HR Global Professional Syllabus Topics:

Topics Details Weights
Strategic Global Human Resources

Combining an understanding of global business factors and the unique HR challenges faced by such organizations while serving as a strategic business partner.


  1. Participate in the development and implementation of the HR strategy to align with the global business strategy (e.g., evaluate local labor market conditions, regulation requirements, costs, language, barriers to entry, PESTLE analysis)
  2. Implement workforce planning in alignment with the global business strategy (e.g., evaluate local labor market conditions, regulation requirements, costs, language, barriers to entry, PESTLE analysis, gap analysis output)
  3. Prepare and execute elements of workforce restructuring in a global environment (e.g., local laws, risks, international laws, market practices, reputational risk, cost, training capabilities, labor relations, workplace culture, morale, systems, benefits, methodologies)
  4. Design and execute a global HR delivery model (e.g., model – regional CoE, global CoE, business partnering, decentralized, local considerations – strategy, expertise, optimization, process improvement, cost savings, talent availability, language availability, time zone considerations – “follow the sun”)
  5. Create and manage a global organization design (e.g., local rules on local managers, compliance, cultural differences, time zones, span of control, technology platforms for communications, language)
  6. Describe the role, benefits, and limitations of outsourcing, offshoring, and shared services models (e.g., strategy, expertise, optimization, process improvement, cost savings, talent availability, language availability, time zone considerations – “follow the sun”)
  7. Use common HR metrics to evaluate HR contributions to the achievement of the organization’s strategic goals (e.g., recruiting, cost per hire, engagement, employee net promoter score (eNPS), time to fill, return-on-investment (ROI), turnover rate, employee overseas assignment ROI)
  8. Compare and contrast organic and inorganic (greenfield, brownfield, merger and acquisition) growth strategies from a global HR perspective
  9. Determine and manage the HR processes during a merger, acquisition, or divestiture in a global organization (e.g., legal compliance, employee selection, resources, employee welfare, communications, buyer and seller obligations to employees, labor relations)
  10. Apply various strategies for operating in countries with minimal headcount (e.g., PEO, use another country’s legal entity, purchase of an entity, partnership with local entity, establish a legal entity, representative office, joint venture)
  11. Describe the role, benefits, and limitations of using a Professional Employment Organization (PEO)
Global Talent Management

Using appropriate tools and metrics to ensure an organization is able to find, develop, engage and keep talent.


  1. Evaluate the components of a talent management strategy (e.g., strategic employee planning, talent acquisition and retention, performance management, learning and motivating, total rewards, career development and succession planning)
  2. Evaluate different approaches to sourcing talent at a global level (e.g., build/buy/borrow, internal/ external recruiting, internal transfers, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), consultants, employee referrals, social media strategy)
  3. Conduct and administer a global talent assessment (e.g., tools, methodology, assessor selection, cultural relevancy, unconscious bias, output, build/buy/borrow talent)
  4. Evaluate the differences among various alternate work arrangements (e.g., job sharing, flexible schedules, telecommuting, virtual/remote, cross border) for a global workforce (e.g., cost compliance, productivity, effectiveness, technology, cultural, laws, retention strategy, work-life balance)
  5. Identify the risks and benefits of leveraging nonemployees (independent contractors, consultants, third-party contractors) in a global organization (e.g., joint or co-employment, misclassification, financial risks such as owing backpay, legal risks)
  6. Design and implement learning and development programs for a global workforce (e.g., language, culture, delivery method, learning styles, gap assessment, time zones, costs, tools, connectivity, technology)
  7. Design and implement a performance management framework for a global workforce (e.g., goal setting, laws/regulations, strategy culture, systems/platforms, training, change management)
  8. Use diagnostic tools in global organizations to assess employee engagement (e.g., exit surveys, onboarding surveys, engagement surveys, employee net promoter score, stay interviews)
  9. Implement programs to improve employee engagement and retention in a global organization (e.g., peer recognition platforms, mentoring and coaching, communication or social platforms)
  10. Evaluate the impact of employee organizations (works councils and local unions) on employees, business strategy, and practices, globally and locally
  11. Evaluate the impact of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and United Nations (UN) on employees, business strategy, and practice
  12. Implement, integrate, automate, and maintain global HR systems and tools (e.g., data privacy, reporting, user experience, regulatory, automation, applicability, and effectiveness)
  13. Manage employee data analytics and other emerging technologies in a global environment (e.g., different and relevant benchmarks, different countries, common definitions, different units of measurement, different industries, data privacy, selecting appropriate measures for outcomes)
Global Mobility

Determining when to send employees abroad and ensuring smooth transitions for those on expatriate assignments and upon return, while ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.


  1. Analyze the role, benefits, and limitations of the various types of expatriate assignments (e.g., local plus, hybrid, long-term, short-term)
  2. Compare and contrast the following employee types (e.g., host country national, parent country national, third country national, local national)
  3. Facilitate the expatriation of an employee going on an overseas assignment (e.g., planning, communication, culture and language training, logistical support, integration, family acclimation, visa and immigration)
  4. Assess and administer the demographic factors when selecting employees for an overseas assignment which may not normally be considered for a local position (e.g., religion, sexual orientation, family status, gender, gender identity, nationality, special needs, pets, cultural adaptability, and age)
  5. Apply the primary incremental variables included in a cost analysis for an overseas assignment (e.g., immigration, relocation expenses, housing, car allowance, education allowance, home leave allowance, travel allowance, air travel to and from assignment, COLA, consulting fees, and taxes)
  6. Recognize and articulate country-to-country differences (regulatory, statutory, and customary) in the hiring and onboarding process for expatriates (e.g., preemployment screening, personally identifiable information, preemployment health check, technological, benefits enrollment, offers vs employment agreements, orienting, immigration, visa, work permit requirements)
  7. Identify the most common types of visas applicable to employees and their families who are working or traveling outside their home country
  8. Identify the potential country-to-country differences (regulatory, statutory, and customary) in the offboarding process for expatriates (e.g., notice pay, removing from benefits, immigration, government notification, departure travel, return travel, labor organization notification, settlement agreements)
  9. Plan and execute the successful repatriation of an employee on an overseas assignment (e.g., planning, communication, having a new position, integration, family re-acclimation, visa, immigration)
  10. Describe the key considerations when localizing expatriates (e.g., housing, children’s education, compensation, visa and immigration requirements, migration to local salary and rewards, terms and conditions, portability)
  11. Evaluate the primary considerations for a repatriate or expatriate and his/her family when preparing to relocate
Workplace Culture

Maximizing organizational results by facilitating an inclusive workplace through cultural competence, corporate social responsibility and ethical behavior.


  1. Describe the cultural dynamics that may impact strategy and behavior in a cross-border context (i.e., Trompenaars and Hofstede)
  2. Identify and apply the potential elements of cultural differences and norms when designing HR programs for a global workforce (i.e., Trompenaars and Hofstede)
  3. Evaluate the key considerations to mitigate the risks and identify the opportunities for promoting diversity and inclusion in a global workforce (e.g., cultural, religious, social, political, legal, and special needs considerations)
  4. Implement and maintain corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ethics program (e.g., employer branding and reputation, risk management, employee engagement, employee satisfaction, strategic partnerships/vendor requirements, cost, obligations, legal and statutory obligation, bribery and corrupt practices: US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, UK Bribery Act)
Total Rewards

Providing voluntary and required total rewards appropriate for the work location and circumstances of employment.


  1. Identify the most common total reward strategies and complexities of statutory and market requirements for local employees and/or expatriates from the perspectives of both the organization and the employee (e.g., health and welfare benefits, compensation, retirement, payroll, equity compensation and taxation, cost analysis, double taxation, totalization agreements)
  2. Evaluate the key compensation philosophies of an expatriate package (e.g., host country, home country, Big Mac Index, COLA)
  3. Identify the components of supplemental pay (e.g., per diems, hazard pay, hardship allowance, stipends) for local or expatriate employees
  4. Identify the circumstances (e.g., political unrest, climate extremes, excessive crime, unusual work schedules) where supplemental pay may be required for local or expatriate employees
  5. Compare and contrast the two primary retirement plan types (defined benefit and defined contribution), considering both statutory and voluntary schemes
Risk Management and Compliance

Keeping an organization’s employees safe, secure and free of discrimination and harassment, while protecting privacy and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.


  1. Determine the key considerations in developing and implementing a strategy to proactively manage physical safety and security risks for employees globally
  2. Describe the resources commonly used to assess, mitigate, and manage security risks, incidents, and evacuations (e.g., kidnap and ransom insurance, travel and medical services)
  3. Evaluate the types of controls in a global HR environment used to manage risk and maintain compliance (e.g., audits, segregation of duties, quality assurance, multi-level approvals, external accreditation, control or exception reporting)
  4. Implement and maintain global anti-discrimination, anti-bullying, and anti-harassment policies (e.g., laws, processes, reporting requirements, representation, outcome/consequences, education, language, cultural norms)
  5. Develop and execute a global employee investigation plan (e.g., investigator selection, laws, processes, timeline and reporting requirements, representation, outcome/consequences)
  6. Identify the key principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (e.g., lawfulness, fairness and transparency, purpose limitations, data minimization, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and compliance, accountability and compliance)