Special Purpose Accounts (SPA)

Employees: Log in to manage or create SPAs using the SPA Admin Application.


All About SPAs

Special Purpose Accounts, or SPAs, are CalNet IDs that can be shared by multiple users for collaborative purposes. They are often used to set up department bMail accounts or file shares. SPAs and affiliated bMail addresses are owned by the department that created them, not the employee.

Only employees can create a SPA account, but you can add employees, students, and affiliates as Direct Members of a SPA. 


Do you need access to an existing SPA? 

If you need access to a SPA, ask the current direct members of the SPA for assistance. 

Department managers have the authority to modify membership and/or disable a SPA at any time. Department Managers can email calnet-admin@berkeley.edu to transfer SPAs to different departments or modify SPA membership.

Getting Started

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:

Which one should you use? 

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. 

Who owns my SPA?

SPAs, their contents/data, and the shared email account are owned by the institution and the primary department of the employee who creates the SPA at the time the SPA is created. 

Department managers have the authority to modify membership and/or disable a SPA at any time, and manage the content of the account. Department Managers can email calnet-admin@berkeley.edu to transfer SPAs to different departments or modify SPA membership.

SPA email accounts will automatically be disabled if there are no active employees in the SPA’s direct membership.


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.