The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCKT) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) today announced the launch of their Diploma in Global Business Services (DGBS). This is the third and final offering in their Certified GBS Professionals (CGBSP) program, a comprehensive career development system for global business services (GBS), shared services and business process outsourcing (BPO) professionals. The Diploma in GBS, designed for current GBS team leaders, center managers and others running operational or functional teams, covers an array of topics relevant to operational excellence in finance, HR, procurement and IT. It is the middle level of certification offered by the CGBSP program. The program also offers an Advanced Diploma for leaders and members of a GBS organization's senior management team as well as a Certificate in GBS designed for entry-level associates. More than 150 organizations from over 27 countries are already engaged in offering certification to their GBS, shared services or BPO staff through the CGBSP program. Each level of certification is driven by a comprehensive syllabus that teaches the skills and competencies required by employers to achieve the highest standards of excellence. At the foundation of the course materials are The Hackett Group's extensive knowledge of GBS and functional best practices, based on its strategy, design and implementation work with top global enterprises, combined with CIMA's intellectual content and long-term education expertise. The certification programs are self-paced online interactive learning tools that employees can complete over three to four months. Computer-based objective test exams are available in over 5,500 centers worldwide and are professionally supervised to ensure the robustness of the assessment. Participants in these programs also have access to an online knowledge center offering access to materials such as case studies, frameworks and performance metrics from The Hackett Group, CIMA and other organizations. The knowledge center is designed to support participants through exams and life-long learning, with additional material unlocked as individuals complete certification at each level. On successful completion of each course assessment, individuals earn the right to use the relevant professional qualification designation of CGBS, DGBS or ADGBS.