Course Overview

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course will solidify and advance your competency in dermoscopy, surgical and non-surgical treatments.  You will gain hands-on experience in rarely covered areas of skin cancer medicine, including diathermy, curettage and cautery or suturing ‘paper-thin’ elderly skin. You will also receive an excellent introduction to advanced dermoscopy and acquire the essential skills to diagnose and manage most skin cancers in your practice.

This course is the second part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer MedicineThe education pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine and Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Entry Requirements and course requisites

This course is for general practitioners only. Participants must have completed the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine (or a qualification deemed equivalent). 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.

The Skin Cancer Medicine Certificate (including completed assessment) from the Skin Cancer College of Australasia provides automatic credit entry into this qualification. 

Course Contents and LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course offers a solid foundation for various surgical techniques and provides an excellent introduction to advanced dermatoscopy. This program includes practical surgery sessions. Our team of surgical assistants will guide and support you as you practise the various surgical techniques.

The theory and practical sessions cover:

  • Chaos and Clues dermoscopy
  • Curettage and cautery
  • Diathermy
  • Advanced biopsy techniques
  • Local anaesthetics
  • Incisions/haemostasis during minor procedures
  • Perfecting the ellipse
  • Lower leg grafts
  • Suturing techniques (including "paper-thin" skin)
  • Topical treatment options

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing Skin Cancer Medicine techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Perform skin cancer medicine techniques in a simulated environment and receive feedback
  • Participate in online discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional Skin Cancer Medicine clinical attachments are also available at dedicated clinics



Time Session Topic
8:15am - 8:45am Registration  
8:45am - 10:45am Session 1 Suturing
10:45am - 11:15am Morning Tea  
11:15am - 12:15pm Session 2 Local anaesthetics
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch  
1:15pm - 2:45pm Session 3 Incision / Haemostasis
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4 Curettage / Cautery


Time Session Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Registration  
8:00am - 10:00am Session 5 Ellipse planning
10:00am - 10:30am Morning Tea  
10:30am - 12:00pm Session 6 Chaos and clues
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch  
1:00pm - 2:00pm Session 7 The big three: BCC, SCC, Melanoma
2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 8 Case management

Meet Your Instructors

Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine and business management, including:
A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl
A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl


Associate Professor and Director MMed (Skin Cancer) Program School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr Colin Armstrong
Dr Colin Armstrong

BSc, BMBS, MMed (Skin Cancer), FRACGP

Skin Cancer Doctor, Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre, QLD, Australia

Dr Hamilton Ayres
Dr Hamilton Ayres


Skin Cancer Doctor, National Skin Cancer Centres

Dates AND Locations


14 - 15 October 2017

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre



11 - 12 November 2017

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre



2 - 3 December 2017

International Convention Centre Sydney




Professional Certificate Only*


Professional Certificate Only


Professional Certificate Only

$845 x 4

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert*)


Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)


Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$860 x 7 

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert* & Adv Cert)


Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)


Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$865 x 9 

Different payments options available.

Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.  Defer your payments over several months.

*If you choose the online version of the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course, further price reductions will apply.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship.

Course Delivery and Assessment

The Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine is designed as a face-to-face course that is supported by online materials. There are eight units in a HealthCert Advanced Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for 15 weeks. There will be pre-reading activities, an intensive weekend program with expert demonstrations and practical hands-on activities, online materials and further readings, individual assessment tasks and finally two online examinations.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance your knowledge and application of the skills.
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.  The pass mark for online examinations is 80 percent.

HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course.

What you get for your one-off investment: 

  • Online pre-course activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the program component).
  • Two-day weekend practical course including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training and assessment including dermatoscopy training.
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • Category 1 accredited CPD points (see below for details).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters. 


Certification and ACCREDITATION

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will receive Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points

This certificate course:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). 
  • Is accredited by The Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) and may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and is annually reviewed by, Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Macquarie University.
  • Qualifies for a clinical attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for a clinical attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.
  • Considered for APEL/RPL by the University of Manchester in the UK towards a Master degree.


Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the second stage of the Professional Diploma pathway. The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Advanced Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine, Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine.

Membership of the Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) is recommended and doctors are encouraged to seek their Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 or small group basis. These provide the opportunity to observe skin cancer treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. In addition to clinical attachments in Australia, university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon and the University of Vienna are available for clinical attachments. HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.

The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.

The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices civils de Lyon" including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and second largest in France. Out of the 2630 faculty 700 are also medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals.

Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in the academic study.

Masters of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Manchester

Doctors who successfully complete any of the HealthCert courses in Skin Cancer Medicine and Aesthetics Medicine will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL is the same as RPL) for the unit “Fundamentals of Skin Ageing” (MEDN67501) which is part of the Masters of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine at the University of Manchester.

View the University of Manchester program here.

Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the HealthCert Electronic Portfolio Form and follow the steps outlined on this form.

If your application is successful, you will only need to complete one practical assessment for the unit during a short practicum in the UK and no fees will apply for the unit " Fundamentals of Skin Ageing" (MEDN67501).

Please note that APEL (like RPL) is not automatic. This is a highly competitive "Gold Standard" program with only 20 places available each year. Each applicant is assessed individually, depending on the background qualifications and experience of the person applying to ensure the standards are kept very high. Doctors who complete the HealthCert courses have a better chance of being one of the 20 accepted because the Manchester University Academic Committee has reviewed and recognised the HealthCert course content.

Dual Award with Postgraduate RPL with Clinical Attachment with
Bond University Manchester University Medical University of Vienna
Clinical Attachment with Clinical Attachment with Accredited by
Medical University of Lyon National Skin Cancer Centres Skin Cancer Institute
Accredited by Accredited by  Accredited by
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners