Skin cancer is the most common dermatological condition seen in Australian general practice – and it is not overly complex to manage if you have the right skill set. This certificate course has been specifically designed for time-poor general practitioners wishing to acquire the skills required to safely and confidently diagnose and treat commonly encountered skin lesions.

The course is delivered both face-to-face and online. The two-day face-to-face course combines interactive lectures, case discussions and surgical practical sessions on pork parts. The online course offers a flexible learning experience with video lectures and online case discussions with the presenters.

This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine. The 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 and the nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 


The course provides training in skin cancer medicine and teaches various techniques allowing GPs to treat more complex cases in the primary care setting. The 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:

  • Dermoscopy
  • Punch and shave biopsy
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment options
  • Melanoma management
  • Elliptical excisions and suturing
  • Histopathology
  • Wound management
  • Medicare billing
  • Workflow management

Course participants will:

  • Observe experts performing Skin Cancer Medicine techniques on a large screen with close-up camera
  • Participate in 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 clinical attachments are also available at dedicated skin cancer clinics



Time Session Topic
8:30am - 9:00am Registration  
9:00am - 10:30am Session 1 The foundations
  • Skin anatomy, histology, skin history and examination
  • Common benign skin lesions and cancer mimickers
  • Biopsy
10:30am - 11:00am Morning Tea  
11:00am - 12:30pm Session 2

An approach to pigmented skin lesions

  • Where nevi come from and their natural history
  • Clinical alarms
  • 3 point checklist for dermoscopy
  • Melanoma
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch  
1:30pm - 2:45pm Session 3

Dermatopathology / Treatment

  • Topical treatment options
  • Dermatopathology
2:45pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Tea  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Session 4

An approach to non-pigmented skin cancers

  • Actinic keratosis
  • Bowens disease
  • BCC
  • SCC/KA
  • Dysplastic Nevi and DNS
  • Clinical cases


Time Session  Topic
7:45am - 8:00am Arrival  
8:00am - 10:00am Session 5

Skin cancer business management

  • Skin cancer workflow and medicare Australia
10:00am - 10.30am Morning Tea   
10:30am - 11:30am Session 6

Surgical theory

  • Principles of wound healing and dressings
  • Sutures and needles
  • Complications
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch   
12:30pm - 2:00pm Session 7

Surgery practical 1

  • Suturing - different types of knots
  • Simple interrupted and deep sutures
  • Vertical mattress
2:00pm - 2:30pm Afternoon Tea  
2:30pm - 4:00pm Session 8

Surgery practical 2

  • The perfect ellipse

Meet Your Instructors

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



Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University

Dr Simon Clark
Dr Simon Clark

MBChB FRCPA Specialist

Histopathologist and Dermatopathologist

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Pathology at The University of Queensland

Paul Elmslie
Mr Paul Elmslie


Founder and CEO of HealthCert International

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



Online Delivery - Video Lectures & Workbooks




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.


The Professional 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 Professional Certificate program. Course learning materials will be available for a minimum of 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. 

What you get for your one-off investment:

  • Online pre-course activity (to be completed in your own time prior to the course component).
  • Two-day practical course including catering.
  • All materials including surgical instruments and consumables for practical sessions.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Additional online training in dermoscopy.
  • 18 video-based lectures for reference and review for life. 
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.


For delegates who are unable to attend the face-to-face 2-day program due to timetable conflicts or travel distance, we offer a 100% online training option. Upon registration, you will be able to access all learning contents immediately and complete the certificate course online. If you would then like to cement your knowledge, you have the option to attend the face-to-face equivalent of the course anytime it suits you*.  

What you get for your one-off investment:

  • 18 video lectures, including all content from the 2-day face-to-face course.
  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Disposable instrument pack, sutures and biopsy kit for surgery practice in your own office or home (posted to you via Express Post upon registration).
  • Additional online training in dermoscopy (100 image quiz using the 3-point checklist).
  • 5 x webinar case study sessions, held at fortnightly intervals with a mandatory attendance requirement.
  • Post-course online assessment (to be completed in your own time within three months of attending the program).
  • Post-course support in monthly webinars with the opportunity to discuss cases with course presenters.
*Additional fees apply.


In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes a professional requirement 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.  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 (or enrolling in the online course).


Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine.

The course has been approved for the Training Grant for Rural and Remote Procedural GPs Program (Procedural Grant Program).

RACGP: 80 Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD + 30 Surgery MOPS points
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)
  • 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.
  • Considered for APEL/RPL by the University of Manchester in the UK towards a Master degree.


Professional Diploma Pathway

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

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Doctors participating the Skin Cancer Medicine program can attend a HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital to further refine and enhance their professional skills. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.

Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

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

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

Doctors who successfully complete any of the HealthCert courses in Skin Cancer Medicine, in addition to 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 Skin Cancer 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
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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners