Special Purpose Accounts (SPA)

What is a SPA?

A Special Purpose Account (SPA) is a CalNet ID that can be shared by multiple users for collaborative purposes.

One example of a SPA's uses is to replace shared departmental email accounts. Instead of sharing a password, users authenticate with their own personal CalNet ID and passphrase. 

Who can create a SPA?

Only employees can create a SPA. Students and affiliates can be added to SPAs as a Direct Member.

How do I create a new SPA?

Staff and Faculty can use the Special Purpose Accounts Admin App to create and manage SPAs: https://idc.berkeley.edu/spa/ .

How do I share my SPA?

There are two ways to share a SPA:

Direct Members have more control and access to the SPA, while users with delegated access can only use the affiliated bMail account. See CalNet SPA Direct Member vs. Delegated Access for more information.

How do SPAs appear in LDAP?

Find information on SPAs and LDAP at: People OU - SPA LDAP Attributes

What can I do with my SPA?

SPAs are allowed access to authorized applications such as the bConnected suite of services, the bConnected Manage Your Account app, and the CalNet Manage My Keys app. SPAs are also provisioned into the CAMPUS.BERKELEY.EDU AD domain under the FSA (Faculty, Staff and Affiliates) OU. Other campus and cloud-based applications accessible by SPAs will become more common as more SPAs are used.

Contact Us 

To create SPAs and manage membership, use the Special Purpose Accounts Admin App

If you have any questions regarding SPA CalNet IDs, contact itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.