The .cpa domain application window will open Friday for licensed CPAs to apply for on an individual basis, the AICPA announced.
Beginning at 10 a.m. ET Friday, individual CPAs can request their preferred branding using .cpa, which is the restricted internet domain for the accounting profession. Thousands of licensed CPA firms and approved organizations, such as state CPA societies, submitted applications for .cpa domains from the program’s launch on Sept. 1 through 6 p.m. ET on Thursday.
The AICPA was awarded ownership and management of .cpa in 2019 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. CPA.com, the AICPA’s business subsidiary, administers and manages the .cpa domain.
Top-level domains are the handful of letters at the end of an email or website address, such as .com or .org. Use of a .cpa domain allows practitioners to strengthen their brand identity in online communications and provides better security and resistance to internet fraud schemes such as phishing and spoofing, the AICPA said. And because the domain is available only to licensed CPAs and licensed CPA firms, it promotes greater trust with clients and the general public.
To learn more about .cpa or to apply for the new service, visit register.domains.cpa.
— Jeff Drew (Jeff.Drew@aicpa-cima.com) is a JofA senior editor.