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Our Certifications


The Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR®) is a global, competency-based credential that is designed to validate the skills and knowledge of an HR professional who operates in a global marketplace. The credential demonstrates the mastery of cross-border HR responsibilities to include strategies of globalization, development of HR policies and initiatives that support organizational global growth and employer retention and creation of organizational programs, processes and tools that achieve worldwide business goals.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years of global experience in a professional-level HR position with a Master's degree or higher, OR
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience (with 2 of the 3 being global HR experience) in a professional-level HR position with a Bachelor's degree, OR
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience (with 2 of the 4 being global HR experience) in a professional-level HR position with less than a Bachelor's degree

Exam Format and Length

Computer-based Testing (CBT)
165 multiple-choice questions (140 scored, 25 pre-test)
3 hours in length


525 USD* 
*All exam fees include a nonrefundable 75 USD processing fee.

Certification Cycle

All Certifications are valid for three years. Recertification is required every three years through demonstrated professional development (preferred method) or retaking the exam.

  • Earn 60 recertification credit hours, of which 15 credit hours are in International HR OR retake exam.

Exam Content Outline

Review the Exam Content Outline for the GPHR.

HR Certification Stories

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  • Kristi West, SPHR-CA, GPHR
    Respect from peers and the assurance that I will keep my skills and knowledge sharp through the recertification process.
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"After obtaining my GPHR certification, I became director of human resources for an international company that had offices in 20 countries. 

The fact that I had taken the initiative to obtain my GPHR certification was a direct factor in my employer believing that I could handle the additional responsibilities and complexities involved in handling HR for many cross-border global environments."
--Patrick Conway, GPHR