For a schedule overview, location of courses and contact information, visit the Schedule link on the left hand side menu. *Class times and dates subject to change based upon enrollment.

Certification Information

The Global Learning System is designed for HR professionals with at least two years of practical HR job experience. The primary focus is the global practice and application of human resources. Basic HR practices such as compensation, selection, legal practices and benefits will be covered briefly. For those who want a more comprehensive basic training, we recommend the SHRM Essentials of Human Resource Management Certificate program as a prerequisite. All exam registrations must be postmarked by the posted deadline.

Participants planning to take the Global examination after this course must register through HRCI.

HRCI has contracted Prometric Testing, a leading computer-based testing vendor. While no single course of study guarantees success on the HRCI examinations, thousands of individuals have used the SHRM Learning System to study for the exams.

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

Spring Exam
May 1 - 31, 2009
Regular Application Deadline: March 13, 2009
Late Application Deadline: April 17, 2009

Winter Exam
Dec. 1 - 31, 2009
Regular Application Deadline: Oct. 9, 2009
Late Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2009

HR Certification Institute™ Certification Information

  • The HR Certification Institute developed the certification and administers the exam.
  • The SHRM Global Learning System prepares you for the GPHR certification exam and also includes information about how the components of the test are weighted.
  • Due to the frequent changes in HR information, policies and regulations, it is recommended that participants take the GPHR certification exam in the same year that they complete the learning system.

The SHRM Global Learning System does not “teach to the exam.” The HR Certification Institute test items are held in strict security and are not made available to SHRM or any organization. The SHRM Global Learning System team developed its own activities and questions based on the HR Certification Institute test specifications and while these may be similar to certification exam items, they are not exact matches.

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