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.