Published on December 18, 2013
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What is a Global Mobility Specialist?

A global mobility specialist oversees and manages the process of relocating employees internationally. Many aspects of a global mobility specialist's job involve immigration policies and helping employees adapt to the new environment in which they work. At a larger scale, global mobility specialists assist with a company's expansion into international territory to ensure there's a process in place for relocating multiple employees and offices. A global mobility specialist can be a part of a company's HR department or is often part of a third-party company specializing in global mobility and international relocation. It's important for global mobility specialists to be properly trained and certified through the GMS®designation.

How to Earn Your GMS® Designation

The Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) designation identifies professionals involved in the employee relocation arena as being well-trained in global workforce mobility. 
GMS® candidates must complete three training modules on essential components of global workforce mobility and intercultural management skills, as outlined by the Worldwide ERC. Relocation and Mobility Professionals earn the GMS®designation by taking the coursework and passing the examination offered by the Worldwide ERC®. Learn more about the pricing of the GMS® designation course packages and/or individual modules, so you can plan accordingly. 

Why the GMS® Designation Is Important

Since Worldwide ERC® began the GMS® certification program in 2004; over 5,800 professionals have earned specialist designations through global mobility training. These certified professionals live and work in 70 different countries around the globe.

In 2010, Worldwide ERC® introduced the Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS®) designation for those who have already earned certification as a GMS®. Since inception of this designation, almost 150 professionals have achieved SGMS® certification.


Brian Shea accepting his Global Mobility Specialist certification
Brian Shea, accepting his GMS certification
from Laura and Peggy from WERC.

How to Maintain Your GMS® Designation 

To maintain your GMS® designation, the professional is required to complete the continuing education (CE) courses every three years. The GMS® program targets training and education for global mobility requirements, which can be much more complex than domestic relocations.

Having this designation or working with someone with this designation can help in the following circumstances:

  • You are an HR professional administering international relocation policies and programs.
  • You function as overseer and manager of global relocations that are administered by a third-party professional relocation firm.
  • You advise, consult or facilitate buying, selling or legal issues involved with international real estate transactions.
  • You have responsibilities for effective management of global tax issues and foreign taxation differences that affect transferees.
  • You are responsible for satisfying immigration requirements for employees relocating to foreign countries.

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The GMS® Certification Review Board helps ensure that this program curriculum remains up-to-date and current. This means you’ will be working with people who always receive pertinent information, whether they are pursuing their GMS® certification or the continuing education credits to keep their designation. Working with a certified GMS® is an important advantage to your transferees. Whether relocating domestically or internationally, transferees will appreciate the benefits of their certified knowledge.