For Immediate Release - June 17, 2010 

Anita Brienza
abrienza@worldwideerc.org 
+1 301 847 3772
Sheri Schaffer
sschaffer@worldwideerc.org  
+1 703 842 3400

Worldwide ERC® Introduces First Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS™) Designation; GMS™ Reaches 51 Countries 

Worldwide ERC®, the association for workforce mobility, recently announced that 118 individuals have earned its newly launched Senior Global Mobility Specialist (SGMS™) designation.  The GMS™ program, a training-based designation, was developed by Worldwide ERC® and introduced in 2003 to educate those who work with mobile employees in the U.S. and around the world.

Worldwide ERC CEO Peggy Smith, SCRP, SGMS, notes that “The GMS and SGMS certification serves to both educate professionals and recognize global workforce mobility competency. Because its subject matter covers fundamentals and strategies that build knowledge for professionals in any country, and addresses the intercultural challenges of conducting global business, the learning imparted through the GMS™ program resonates strongly with those who take the training and earn the designation.” To date, over 2,500 GMS or SGMS designations have been awarded in 51 countries to individuals intent on expanding their workforce mobility proficiency. 

The new SGMS™ designation is awarded to those individuals who meet three criteria:

  1. they hold a valid GMS™ designation
  2. they have completed at least 10 global Continuing Education (CE) credits from Worldwide ERC®’s Online Learning Center, and
  3. they have earned at least 10 Service Points through considerable contributions of time and expertise to the mobility industry through Worldwide ERC® activity.  

All new SGMS designees are listed on Worldwide ERC’s website. To register or learn more about the curriculum taught in each of the GMS™/SGMS™ modules and find details about how the program is administered, please visit the Worldwide ERC® web site at http://www.WorldwideERC.org/Education/GMS/Pages/gms.aspx.

Worldwide ERC® provides leadership, advocacy, education and networking to global workforce mobility professionals and stakeholders through specialized training, credentialing, meeting events and information exchange. Formed in 1964 and with offices in Washington, DC; Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China it is the membership association of choice for more than 10,000 corporate and government relocation managers, real estate companies, appraisers, and a range of service firms and individuals from industries that address relocation-related workforce issues. To learn about Worldwide ERC®'s membership opportunities, products and services call +1 703 842 3400 or visit www.worldwideerc.org