Funded by the German Federal ministry of education the ProfilPASS (PP) System was developed in 2004 by the German Institute of Adult Education, the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) and the Institute for developmental and structural research, IES, Hannover. The PP-system is based on the fact that people learn mostly in informal environments like family, voluntary work and through coping with challenges of their lives. It assumes that all human beings have competences (A competency is more than just knowledge and skills. It involves the ability to meet complex demands, by drawing on and mobilising resources including skills and attitudes in a particular context) and that all competences are valuable regardless where they have been acquired.

Since 2006 different target groups have used the tool e.g.

  • People who are looking for a (new) job
  • People who return to work after a family break
  • Young people who are looking for a vocational training or a job that fits best to their competences
  • Students who want to explore more about their competences
  • Seniors who want to balance what they have learned throughout life
  • Employees who want to prepare for the annual performance review, in which tasks, mutual expectations and future career development opportunities are discussed in detail

PP Workbook