The HealthCert Certificate and Professional Diploma Program in Dermoscopy represents a blend of both terminologies, methods and experts in the world of Dermoscopy. The courses provide medical professionals with systematic approaches and substantiated knowledge for improving diagnostic accuracy and clinical management of skin lesions by using Dermoscopy. 

Presented by leading professors, dermatologists and researchers in their respective fields, the comprehensive three-part program offers the complete package of skills to accurately diagnose a wide range of lesions on any part of the body and skin type. Participants will gain metaphoric and geometric understanding in the management of skin cancer and be able to use the knowledge framework provided to build their own method and experience.

The certificate courses build upon the knowledge of the previous course and must be completed in sequential order to qualify for the professional diploma. Doctors who enrol for the full three-part Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy program will begin with the Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy, then proceed to the Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy and finally to the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy. Please scroll down to see the start dates for each course of this three-part program.




The Professional Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge in the management of benign and malignant non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in the practice, Melanocytic nevi, Melanoma, facial lesions and acral lesions.


The Advanced Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge in the management of nail lesions, mucosal lesions, difficult benign lesions and Melanomas, pink tumors, rare skin tumors, and the broad spectrum of BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer.


The Professional Diploma course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge in the management of screening children, young adults and older patients, lesions in different skin types, different types of lesions, and patients with multiple moles.


The program is aimed at qualified general practitioners with a clinical interest in dermoscopy and the wish to subspecialise in skin cancer medicine.

  • No previous formal training is required for the Professional Certificate course.
  • Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course.
  • In order to qualify for the Professional Diploma, participants must complete all three certificate course in sequential order.


Doctors who have completed the UQ Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy and Histopathology or other formal dermoscopy training can receive academic credit towards the Professional Diploma (the final course in the three-part program) if they achieve a pass mark in the exams of the first two certificate courses Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy. Upon successful exam completion doctors can directly progress to and will only need to pay for the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy course.

NOTE: While the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course covers Dermoscopy, it does not qualify for recognition of prior learning in the Certificate and Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy program which quickly moves on to more advanced dermoscopy techniques, including the Chaos and Clues method and the assessment of lesions on the face and acral sites. Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine alumni should begin with the Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy course.

Program contents and Learning outcomes

Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy

Module 1: The 3 point-checklist and the elephant approach
Module 2: The chaos & clues method
Module 3: Benign non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in the practice
Module 4: Malignant non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in the practice
Module 5: Melanocytic nevi
Module 6: Melanoma
Module 7: Facial lesions
Module 8: Acral lesions

Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy

Module 1: Nail lesions
Module 2: Mucosal lesions
Module 3: Difficult benign lesions including nevi with special features
Module 4: Difficult melanomas
Module 5: Pink tumors
Module 6: Rare skin tumors
Module 7: The broad spectrum of BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer
Module 8: Dermoscopy in general dermatology

Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy

Module 1: Screening children
Module 2: Screening young adults
Module 3: Screening older patients
Module 4: Lesions in different skin types (dark, fair, sun-damaged etc)
Module 5: Types of lesions: flat/nodular, pigmented/non-pigmented
Module 6: Management of patients with multiple moles
Module 7: Dermoscopy for the management of NMSC
Module 8: Rules not to miss melanoma

Meet Your Instructors

Recognised and developed by members of the International Dermoscopy Society, no other program brings together such a diverse and accomplished team of globally renowned dermatologists and dermoscopy experts. Your instructors are pioneers in the field of dermoscopy and have developed the methods and approaches which have become the education standards in all dermoscopy training programs worldwide. By sharing their first-hand knowledge, they collectively deliver the most comprehensive dermoscopy training. Led by the renowned Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, the team includes highly sub-specialised skin cancer experts from Italy, Austria, Greece, USA, Japan, and Australia.
A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano

A/Prof Giuseppe Argenziano


Associate Professor and Head of the Dermatology Unit

Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy

Prof Harald Kittler

Prof Harald Kittler


Professor of Dermatology at Medical University of Vienna, Austria

A/Prof Ashfaq A Marghoob

A/Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob


Attending Physician, Dermatology Service,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Skin Cancer Center,
New York, USA

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 Iris Zalaudek

Dr Iris Zalaudek


Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit

Division of Dermatology and Venerology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Prof Rainer Hofmann Wellenhof

Prof Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof


Professor Department of Dermatology and Venerology Head of Research Unit

Medical University of Graz, Austria

A/Prof Andreas Blum

A/Prof Andreas Blum

MD PhD MSc (DermPrevOncol)

Public, Private and Teaching Practice, Konstanz, Germany

Associate Professor at the University of Tuebingen, Germany

Prof Luc Thomas

Prof Luc Thomas


Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Lyons cancer research center (Pr Puisieux), France

Prof Masuru Tanaka

Prof Masaru Tanaka


Professor of Dermatology, Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East, Japan

Dr Elvira Moscarella

Dr Elvira Moscarella



Arcispedale S.Maria Nuova, IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Dr Aimilios Lallas

Dr Aimilios Lallas



First Department of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

A/Prof Caterina Longo

A/Prof Caterina Longo


Scientific Coordinator

Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


Trimester 2


8 May 2017


Trimester 3


4 Sep 2017




Professional Certificate Only


Professional Certificate Only


Professional Certificate Only

$635 x 3

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)


Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)


Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$720 x 5 

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)


Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)


Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$735 x 7 

Different payments options available.

 Register 30 days in advance and save $200.  Defer your payments over several months.


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.


Each course consists of 8 modules which are delivered online and can be viewed and replayed at any time. All courses include:

  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures.
  • Reading list with references to peer-reviewed journal articles to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
  • 12 months web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.

There is a 3 week exam period at the end of each trimester.  In order for you to pass the assessment and progress to the next course, you must complete the assessment within this period.  Exam extensions of up to six months are available on a case by case basis if required.

Participants are required to complete several online assessment activities. Depending on the attended course these include responding to knowledge and scenario-based questions, completion of sets of cases, literature review, and a one-page explanation on how the learning outcomes will be implemented. The recommended study time commitment, including professional training hours, private study hours and assessment, is 124 hours per course.

Certification and Accreditation

The recommended study time commitment is 124 hours per course.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points per course
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points per course

This certificate course:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory
  • Is accredited by The Skin Cancer Institute and may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and reviewed by, Associate Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Italy. A prolific author of scientific articles.
  • Recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented. 
  • Recognised by the Medical University of Graz towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology, with credit.
  • Recognised by the University of Queensland towards the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) for  IMED7003.

Education PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy, Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy, Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.

Publications Pathway: For HealthCert Professional Diploma Alumni

HealthCert Professional Diploma Alumni may submit their own cases for publication in the HealthCert Case Compendium that is published annually.  All cases will be reviewed by HealthCert experts before publication. These compendium cases will also be published electronically on the HealthCert Blog.  Submissions are welcome every year for publication.  All selected authors names will be printed in the compendium and doctors may wish to purchase a copy of the HealthCert Case Compendium for their waiting room.

HealthCert Clinical Attachment

Course participants who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine may continue their professional development by completing a HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital to further develop professional skills. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment after completing the HealthCert dermoscopy qualifications and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.

Australian Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

This course is guaranteed for RPL for IMED7003 which is part of the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at the University of Queensland. There are no further requirements for this RPL, it is automatic and guaranteed and provides a saving on fees.

International Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

A postgraduate credit pathway exists with the Medical University of Graz towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology. This pathway provides credit of over 50 percent of a Master degree (ie 10 units out of 19). Please contact Dr Iris Zalaudek at

The Master program at the Medical University of Graz is a distance learning program delivered predominantly online. The program guides participants through three different education levels and consists of 19 teaching modules. The modules can be completed in 6 semesters but graduates have the possibility to take an early exit and receive an International Dermoscopy Diploma after 3 semesters or become certified as an Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology after 4 semesters.

HealthCert graduates will receive credit for modules 4 to 13. The three units required to obtain the International Dermoscopy Diploma from the University of Graz (Modules 1-3) can be obtained fully online.

Education Level 1: International Dermoscopy Diploma

Module 1: Epidemiology of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer
Module 2: Primary skin cancer prevention
Module 3: Secondary skin cancer prevention
Module 4: Introduction to Dermoscopy
Module 5: Dermoscopic criteria (overview) + histopathologic correlation
Module 6: Diagnostic relevance of patterns
Module 7: Diagnostic algorithms
Module 8: Dermoscopy in the daily routine
Module 9: Special issues
Module 10: Future aspects
Module 11: Dermoscopic-pathologic correlation
Module 12: Dermoscopy Atlas
Module 13: Consultation on the job

Education Level 2: Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology*

Module 14: Advanced Dermoscopy
Module 15: Update on recent research
Module 16: Rare skin tumours

Education Level 3: Masters of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology 


*Requirements: 1) One week on-campus at the University of Graz, Austria. Completing the “International Short Course on Dermoscopy”. 2) Two weeks attendance at a Centre of Excellence which is located all over the world, including Australia.

Fees: HealthCert graduates will pay €1500 for modules 1-3. Modules 4 to 13 will be free of payment. For the Academic expert level and the Master level payment of €5000, each is necessary. 

Recognised by Postgraduate RPL with Clinical Attachment with Clinical Attachment with
International Dermoscopy Society Medical University of Graz Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Lyon
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Skin Cancer Institute The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners