The CIPD Online Community

Throughout your career it's important to network and gain insight into the issues and experiences of other like-minded professionals. The CIPD Community is an online forum which gives CIPD members a platform to share their knowledge, network and receive guidance from others.

Browse discussion threads on a variety of topics including employment law, GDPR, careers and much more. You’ll need an online account to access the full range of exclusive Community groups for CIPD members, you can sign up for one here. Once logged in, you can update your profile to help others know a bit more about yourself, send private messages* (*desktop version only), bookmark posts of interest and receive notifications on related content.

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The CIPD Community app

Now you can access the CIPD Community on your mobile device via the app. Carry the Community in your pocket and learn, debate and connect on the go! This is also where CIPD members can find their digital membership card.

The CIPD Community app is free and easy to use and provides a secure environment to quickly and easily connect with like-minded HR and L&D professionals 24/7 straight from your mobile device.

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Search ‘CIPD Community’ in the App Store or the Google Play Store and follow the download instructions. Log in to the Community using your CIPD website login. You’ll only need to do this the first time you use the app on your device. If you have any problems downloading the app, please email for help.

Your profile is your chance to tell the other Community members about yourself, it can give context to your contributions to the forums.

We'd encourage you to share the reasons you visit the Community, as well as something about you as a person, your role, and your specialism! It's up to you what you write, but please don't include any personal contact details like your home address, email, or phone number.

You can upload a profile photo (or avatar) to your profile. We'd prefer if it was a professional-looking photo, as long as you own the copyright.

To upload a profile picture select the profile icon, then 'Change Avatar'. The photo you choose to upload for your avatar should ideally be 'square' and be no more than 120 x 120 pixels in size... or you may appear pixelated!

If you would like to start a new discussion thread, you first need to navigate to the (most) appropriate topic forum. Once there look for the Start a New Post button at the top of the page.

  1. Enter a title for your comment or question in the Subject field.

  2. Select the Forum to which you want to post.

  3. Enter your comment or question in the Description field...

  4. Help other community members by entering a few relevant key words/phrases (called 'tags') Separate tags using a comma, for example, bullying, management.

  5. Click the Post button.

A private message is a communication between two people which nobody other than those two people can read. You can find all of the messages which people have sent to you and which you have sent to others from the Private Messages icon (an 'envelope') at the very top of the page.

You can bookmark forum post, blog posts, wiki pages, and individual contributors. If you wish to bookmark a blog post you are reading, click the 'bookmark' icon at the top of the page, and then 'Bookmark this blog post'.

You can opt in to receive both browser and desktop notifications of activities that occur within the Community, and you can choose how you wish to subscribe to these notifications.

When you open a new discussion thread you will automatically receive email notifications when other people contribute to the discussion. You should also see notifications appear in the top bar.

You will need to ensure that the Enable email contact box is ticked in your Settings.

If you would prefer not to see the Related Community Content pop up as you scroll down a page, you can 'turn this off' (or 'turn back on) under Settings.

CIPD members can access their digital membership card within the Community app.

Log into the app using the same email address and password as your CIPD online account. Once in the app, you can access your digital membership card by clicking on the top left menu bars and selecting ‘Membership Card’.

CIPD LinkedIn Group - CIPD Members only

You can also join the conversation via our LinkedIn members' group. It’s full of fascinating and useful discussions for those interested in HR, people development and L&D and is suitable for all members of the CIPD. In order to keep this a ‘member only’ group please follow these steps to join the group.

  1. Log in to LinkedIn 
  2. Request to join the group
  3. Email your CIPD membership number and grade to (If you do not send this email your request to join the group will not be accepted.)

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I am standalone and the ability to connect to everyone on this forum (with particular reference and honourable mention to Ray!) has been an absolute godsend for me and worth the membership fee. Has saved my bacon (and my sanity) on more than one occasion.

CIPD Member

Friendly, supportive, knowledgeable, non-judgmental and thought provoking. As a standalone HR Manager I find this forum so helpful. I've learnt so much from it and it's nice to know that you are not alone, and other people are struggling with the same challenges as you are.

CIPD Member

HR Manager