Licensed CPAs and CPA Firms Can Now Apply for Their Preferred Domains on a First-Come, First-Served Basis
NEW YORK (Nov. 2, 2021) – CPAs and CPA firms in Canada can today apply for .cpa web domains to strengthen their brand and promote greater trust and security with clients in online communications.
The restricted web domain, administered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and its business and technology arm, CPA.com, officially launches in Canada this morning at 11 Eastern time. To be eligible, Canadian CPAs and CPA firms must be licensed. Preferred names will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
.CPA is part of a new wave of specialty top-level domains, a term that refers to the handful of letters at the end of a web address. It was first launched by the AICPA in the United States in September last year and received a strong response, with thousands of U.S. CPAs and firms registering .cpa domains to date.
“Restricted domains are more secure, promote greater trust and credibility with clients and the general public, and enable stronger branding opportunities,” said Erik Asgeirsson, president and CEO of CPA.com. “We’ve seen great interest from the profession in this service offering and we’re excited to bring this important capability to CPAs in Canada now and to more countries in 2022.”
.CPA domains offer a way for CPAs and firms to promote their credentials and stand out in today’s crowded digital marketplace.
“We all worked hard to obtain our CPA licenses – that’s not a trophy everyone receives,” said Ryan King, CPA, a partner at Michigan-based King & King. “The .cpa domain directly communicates that distinction, which is one reason we were so excited to put it to work for our firm.”
The AICPA was awarded ownership and oversight of .cpa in 2019 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit organization that oversees the Internet’s naming system. CPA.com is responsible for managing the service globally.
CPA.com brings innovative solutions to the accounting profession, either in partnership with leading providers or directly through its own development. The company has established itself as a thought leader on emerging technologies and as the trusted business advisor to practitioners in the United States, with a growing global focus.
Our company’s core mission is to drive the transformation of practice areas, advance the technology ecosystem for the profession, and lead technology research and innovation efforts for practitioners.
A subsidiary of the American Institute of CPAs, the company is also part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the world’s most influential organization representing the profession. For more information, visit CPA.com.
About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, and AICPA & CIMA
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association), representing AICPA & CIMA, advances the global accounting and finance profession through its work on behalf of 696,000 AICPA and CIMA members, students and engaged professionals in 192 countries and territories. Together, we are the worldwide leader on public and management accounting issues through advocacy, support for the CPA license and specialized credentials, professional education and thought leadership. We build trust by empowering our members and engaged professionals with the knowledge and opportunities to be leaders in broadening prosperity for a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, not-for-profit organizations, and federal, state and local governments. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and builds the pipeline of future talent for the public accounting profession.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management accountants. CIMA works closely with employers and sponsors leading-edge research, constantly updating its professional qualification and professional experience requirements to ensure it remains the employer’s choice when recruiting financially trained business leaders.