Acquiring in-depth knowledge in dermoscopy will enable you to assess skin lesions with greater accuracy, detect melanomas in the early stages, and avoid unnecessary excisions. Presented by global leaders in the field, this three-part program can be considered the most comprehensive dermoscopy online training as it offers the substantial knowledge required to correctly diagnose a wide range of lesions on any body part, skin type and patient group. The foundation to advanced courses will allow you to start practising dermoscopy in your practice and help you progress to the most accomplished level in skin cancer diagnosis.

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 of 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.



In the Professional Certificate course, you will learn how to manage melanoma, facial lesions, acral lesions, and benign and malignant non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in clinical practice.


The Advanced Certificate course will teach you how to manage difficult benign lesions, rare skin tumours, melanomas, and the broad spectrum of BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer.


The Professional Diploma course will teach you how to screen lesions in different age groups and skin types, and manage various 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

Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy

Module 1: Three Point Checklist and The Elephant Method
Module 2: The Chaos & Clues method
Module 3: Benign non-melanocytic lesions
Module 4: Malignant non-melanocytic lesions 
Module 5: Melanocytic nevi
Module 6: Facial lesions
Module 7: Acral lesions
Module 8: Melanoma

Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy

Module 1: Pink tumours
Module 2: Mucosal lesions
Module 3: Difficult benign lesions
Module 4: Nail lesions
Module 5: Rare skin tumours
Module 6: BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer
Module 7: Difficult melanomas
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
Module 5: Flat/nodular and pigmented/non-pigmented lesions
Module 6: Patients with multiple moles
Module 7: Use of dermoscopy for NMSC
Module 8: Rules not to miss a 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

Giuseppe Argenziano is Associate Professor of Dermatology at the Department of Dermatology, Second University of Naples; Coordinator of the Skin Cancer Unit Research Hospital Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy; President of the International Dermoscopy Society; and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Giuseppe has developed early diagnosis techniques for melanoma, authored over 300 scientific works and has been invited as speaker and/or chairman in more than 400 national and international conferences in the field of dermatology. He has authored more than 450 scientific articles and more than 30 books, and his publications have received a total of 6200 citations with an h-index value of 40 (Scopus 02/2015).

Prof Harald Kittler

Prof Harald Kittler


Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Harald Kittler has a special clinical interest in dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions. His main research interest is digital dermoscopy, follow-up of pigmented skin lesions, and computer assisted digital dermoscopy. Harald has been working for 10 years in the field of dermoscopy and has published a number of scientific articles especially in the field of digital dermoscopy and dermoscopic follow-up of melanocytic nevi.
A/Prof Ashfaq A Marghoob

A/Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob


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

Associate Professor Ashfaq A. Marghoob is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the skin. He is the director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s regional skin cancer clinic in Long Island and consults and treats patients in the centre’s outpatient facility in Manhattan.

Although providing the best care possible for his patients remains his primary goal, Ashfaq also remains committed to education and clinical research, with the hope of educating physicians and the public about the importance of early skin cancer detection to save lives.

He is active in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical/dysplastic nevi, and congenital melanocytic nevi. Ashfaq’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as photography, dermoscopy, and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development.

A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl

A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl


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

Associate Professor Cliff Rosendahl currently works in Brisbane as a primary care practitioner with a special interest in skin cancer.  He also has an interest in research as the clinical developer and Director of the Skin Cancer Audit Research Database (SCARD). His other main area of research has been in evaluating dermatoscopic clues for the diagnosis of both pigmented and non-pigmented skin malignancy in collaboration with colleagues at The University of Queensland, Australia and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.

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

Dr Iris Zalaudek is a Board-certified dermatologist and Director of the Non-Melanoma and Orphan Skin Cancer Unit at the Division of Dermatology of the Medical University of Graz, Austria. Since 2016, she has been President of the International Dermoscopy Society.

Her main research fields are related to dermato-oncology and include non-invasive skin imaging techniques, as well as topical and systemic treatment of skin cancer. Moreover, she is engaged in the development of modern teaching methods such as online distant courses and tele-dermatologic services. She is Director of the Master of Science program entitled "Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology" of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Iris has published more than 450 articles, of which 358 (267 full papers) have been cited in PubMed. Her combined publications have received an impact factor of 1003 and a h-index value of 36 (by April 2017). In 2003 her work was awarded by the Hans-Weitgasser Price from the Styrian Association of Dermatologists and in 2008 she was awarded the Best Researcher of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Prof Rainer Hofmann Wellenhof

Prof Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof


Professor of Dermatology, 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, Medical University of Lyon, France

Dr Luc Thomas was Board-certified in dermatology in 1989 at Lyon 1 University. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and 1991, and obtained his PhD degree at Lyon 1 University in 1993. He became full professor of dermatology in 1996, first class professor in dermatology in 2009, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of Lyon 1 University - Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud in 2003. He obtained his Board certification in Clinical Oncology in 2013.

Luc’s main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002.

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


Dermatologist-Venereologist, First Department of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr Aimilios Lallas is a Board-Certified Dermatologist-Venereologist. He is currently occupied at the Skin Cancer Unit of the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He is also a Scientific Co-Operator of the First Department of Dermatology of the Faculty of Medicine of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Aimilios specialises in skin cancer diagnosis with non-invasive techniques, as well as in the management of skin cancer patients. He possesses a PhD diploma on skin cancer prevention.

Aimilios’ main field of research interests are dermoscopy of skin tumours, the application of the method in general dermatology, and the improvement of the management of oncologic patients. He is co-author of approximately 120 scientific papers and four book chapters on dermoscopy.

A/Prof Caterina Longo

A/Prof Caterina Longo


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


Trimester 1


8 January 2018


Trimester 2


7 May 2018


Trimester 3


3 September 2018




Professional Certificate


Two-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


Different payments options available.


Professional Certificate


Two-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.

Professional Certificate

$635 x 3

Two-Course Bundle

$648 x 5 

Three-Course Bundle

$652 x 7 

 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.

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 report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development. - All Certificate Levels
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair. - Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma only
  • Document with photographs 25 related cases including the application of the knowledge. - Professional Diploma only
  • 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. - All Certificate Levels

HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within three months for Professional and Advanced Certificate and six to nine months for Professional Diploma of the completion of the 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.


Professional Diploma Pathway

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

Postgraduate Pathways

RPL with The University of Queensland
The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy is guaranteed for RPL for the unit IMED7003, part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine (Skin Cancer) which is the first step in 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. 

View The University of Queensland, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) program here.

Credit into Master's degree at University of Graz

A postgraduate credit pathway exists with the Medical University of Graz towards the Master of Science 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. 


HealthCert Clinical Attachments

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 knowledge. 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.

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