GMS® Recertification: Criteria for Using External Programs 

The 15 continuing education (CE) credits needed every three years to maintain your GMS designation may be obtained through Worldwide ERC education or through external programs. To ensure applicability, external programs must meet the criteria noted below.

Please note that if the sponsoring organization has requested pre-approval for the course/conference for GMS® credit, you may simply indicate the appropriate session ID on your GMS Renewal Application as the course was reviewed based on this criteria. 


The content must be relevant to global mobility issues and on an intermediate or advanced level. That is, the course/session must be at a level geared to a person with two years or more of global mobility experience. Typically, if the content of the event can be tied back to some aspect of the GMS training (Module 1, Module 2, Module 3) and adds to the person’s expertise within the mobility field, CE credit can be awarded.

Length of Delivery

External events can earn one CE credit for every 50 minutes of learning (excluding breaks, time to change session, etc.). All credits are granted in whole increments, with no partial credits given.  For example, if a program was 1 hour and 15 minutes long, it would be allotted one CE credit. If you are attending a large conference that includes concurrent/breakout sessions, a session must run at least 50 minutes in order to be counted for CE credit.

Method of Delivery

External events approved for GMS® recertification credit must have clearly-stated objectives (such as noted below) and be planned, synchronous (live) learning events, such as courses, conferences or webinars, and designed to augment the knowledge and skills of those who work in the global mobility field. The events could include:  formal classroom instruction, a panelist venue, a round-table format, or a live webinar that is offered at a pre-determined time/date with all attendees participating at the same time.

Examples of Course Objectives for External Programs

An external program approved for GMS® continuing education credits must have appropriate education objectives that are clearly stated. Some examples of such learning objectives include:

·         Explain why the balance sheet is the most common approach used for temporary long-term international assignments.

·         Recognize the challenges associated with arranging visas and work permits for spouses or partners.

·         Define strategies that uncover the critical support needs of families proposed for international assignment.

·         Predict the impact of a global team’s cultural make-up on team interactions and how values and norms act as influencers.

·         Identify strategies to mitigate the risk of generating stealth expatriates.

·         Describe how new security initiatives affect the international household goods shipping process.

·         Define the responsibilities of HR managers in implementing proper travel and safety precautions for employees living abroad.