The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is the first course in the three-part HealthCert Certificate and Diploma program in Dermoscopy. The certificate is designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who are interested in primary care dermoscopy and assumes no prior knowledge or specific training in the diagnosis and management of skin cancer in primary care. Participants will acquire a range of knowledge in the management of benign and malignant non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in the practice, melanocytic nevi, melanoma, facial lesions and acral lesions. 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 from Italy, Austria, Greece, USA, Japan, and Australia.

This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy, Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy and Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.



This course is for General Practitioners and degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.



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. 

Course Contents

The Professional Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of knowledge including:

  • Three Point Checklist and The Elephant Method
  • The Chaos & Clues method
  • Benign non-melanocytic lesions
  • Malignant non-melanocytic lesions 
  • Melanocytic nevi
  • Facial lesions
  • Acral lesions
  • Melanoma

Course participants will:

  • Utilise Interactive Atlas international dermoscopy program
  • Utilise YouDermoscopy application (app)
  • Participate in webinars with experts and professional colleagues
  • Observe professional clinic/patient interactions via video
  • Evaluate dermoscopy cases in an online discussion board

Course Outline

Module 1: The Three Point Checklist and The Elephant Method - Giuseppe Argenziano

In this module, you will learn how to triage suspicious lesions using the 3-point checklist screening method and how to improve your diagnostic specificity using the elephant approach.

Module 2: The Chaos & Clues method - Cliff Rosendahl

You will learn how to use Chaos and Clues, a decision algorithm, to detect pigmented skin malignancies of any type. Lesions are dermatoscopically scanned for asymmetry (chaos) and when chaos is noted, clues are carefully checked for. If chaos plus one or more clues are discovered an excisional biopsy is performed unless seborrhoeic keratosis can be confidently diagnosed.

Module 3: Benign non-melanocytic lesions - Iris Zalaudek

Benign non-melanocytic lesions commonly seen in practice. In this module, you will learn the basic patterns of common benign non-melanocytic skin tumours. These include seborrheic keratosis, ink spot lentigo, hemangioma and dermatofibroma

Module 4: Malignant non-melanocytic lesions - Harald Kittler

In this module, you will learn to characterise common patterns of non-melanoma skin cancer. You will learn to identify dermatoscopic clues to diagnose pigmented and non-pigmented variants of actinic keratosis, intraepithelial carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.

Module 5: Melanocytic nevi - Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof

In this module you will learn to describe and recognize melanocytic nevi.  The word ‘melanocytic’ means that they are made up of the cells (melanocytes) which produce the dark pigment (melanin) that gives the skin its colour. Melanocytes clustered together form naevi.  Learn more about the dermoscopy of melanocytic nevi in this module.

Module 6: Facial lesions - Harald Kittler

In this module, you will learn to identify the basic patterns of pigmented lesions on the facial skin. You will be able to spot clues to differentiate between melanoma in situ, solar lentigo, lichen planus-like keratosis, and pigmented actinic keratosis.

Module 7: Acral lesions - Masaru Tanaka

In this module, you will learn basic variations for acral melanocytic lesions, including acral nevus and acral lentiginous melanoma. You also learn the reason for the parallel patterns as well as the reasons for the variations of acral nevus. 

Module 8: Melanoma - Ashfaq A. Marghoob

In this module, you will learn the dermoscopic features commonly seen in melanoma. While nevi tend to manifest an organised pattern displaying a symmetric distribution of structures, melanomas tend to display a disorganised pattern. In addition, most melanomas will also reveal at least one of 10 melanoma-specific structures. The patterns and structures encountered in melanoma will be elucidated in this module.

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).

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 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.
Dr Rainer Hofmann Wellenhof

Prof Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof


Professor of Dermatology, Department of Dermatology and Venerology, Head of Research Unit, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Prof Ashfaq A Marghoob

Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob


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

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.

Prof Masuru Tanaka

Prof Masaru Tanaka


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



Trimester 1 | 2018

Application Deadline: 5 Jan 2018

Course Starts: 8 Jan 2018

Exams Open: 2 Apr 2018

Course Ends: 27 Apr 2018


Trimester 2 | 2018

Application Deadline: 4 May 2018

Course Starts: 7 May 2018

Exams Open: 30 Jul 2018

Course Ends: 24 Aug 2018


Trimester 3 | 2018

Application Deadline: 31 Aug 2018

Course Starts: 3 Sep 2018

Exams Open: 26 Nov 2018

Course Ends: 21 Dec 2018




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Professional Certificate


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 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.

Professional Certificate

$664 x 3

Two-Course Bundle

$682 x 5 

Three-Course Bundle

$600 x 8 

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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.


The Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy is designed as a fully online course. There are eight modules in a HealthCert Professional Certificate program.  The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of online teaching (video lectures, case discussion boards, webinars) and 3 weeks of revision and examination.

The course includes: 

  • 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 month 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. 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.
  • 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. 
HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).

Certification and Accreditation

The recommended study time commitment is 124 hours per course.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD Points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD Points

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 in Italy. A prolific author in this field.
  • Recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented.
  • Recognised by the Medical University of Graz as part one of the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy that provides credit towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology.


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 Andrea Hofmann 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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