Course Overview

The Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine will extend your knowledge and skill required to manage the majority of all skin cancer cases through the application of dermoscopy, advanced histopathology, topical treatments, and electro-surgery. You will also learn how to manage immune-suppressed patients and manage rare and aggressive skin cancers. The course is delivered online in 8 modules and presented by world’s leading skin cancer experts, including Professor Harald Kittler (Austria), Professor Richard Usatine (USA), Professor Iris Zalaudek (Austria), Professor Luc Thomas (France), and other international and Australian thought leaders in this field.

This course is the third 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 only. Participants must have completed the Advanced 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 and Advanced 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.

Doctors who have completed The University of Queensland certificate courses in skin cancer medicine and therapeutics will gain credit into the professional diploma program, providing the relevant HealthCert assessment has been completed.

Doctors who have completed the Certificate in Primary Care Dermatology with the RACGP (modules 1-5) may complete the relevant HealthCert assessment for the Advanced Certificate in Skin Cancer Medicine and then progress to the Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine (please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the process). 

Other professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.

Course Contents and LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course will focus on lesion and field directed treatments as well as skin imaging, drug therapy, special situations, treatment of rare/aggressive skin cancers and studies of both melanoma and non-melanoma treatments. 

The theory sessions cover:

  • Merkel Cell and rare/aggressive skin cancers
  • Cutaneous cryosurgery and electro-surgery
  • Managing special cases and complications, including immuno-supressed patients
  • Lesion- and field-directed treatments
  • Chemoprevention
  • Advanced histopathology
  • Dermal imaging
  • Factors influencing the choice of treatment

Course participants will:

  • Participate in discussion boards and evaluate skin cancer cases
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Access video presentations from experts in the field with the opportunity to replay
  • Participate in webinars with experts and professional colleagues
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review

course OUTLINE

Module 1: Topical treatments and lesion-directed treatments
Module 2Field treatments including PDT, Diclofenac, IngenolMebutate, 5-FU and Imiquimod
Module 3Management of special cases including immunosuppressed patients
Module 4Chemoprevention in skin cancer medicine
Module 5Factors influencing the choice of treatment
Module 6Cryo and electrosurgery
Module 7Merkel Cell carcinoma and rare/aggressive melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers
Module 8Skin imaging techniques for melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer
Expert conclusion: Treatment of metastatic melanoma including recent advances in melanoma treatment
Examination preparation: This exam preparation webinar will summarise the course content and provide the opportunity for course participants to submit questions that will be answered during the webinar. The focus will be on preparing for the final examinations.

Patient cases with problem solving analysis and decision making will be included throughout.

Meet Your Instructors

Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine, including:
Prof Harald Kittler
Prof Harald Kittler


Professor of Dermatology at Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Prof Richard Usatine
Prof Richard Usatine


Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA

Dr Simon Clark
Dr Simon Clark


Histopathologist & Senior Lecturer, The University of Queensland

Dr Iris Zalaudek
Dr Iris Zalaudek


Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dr Aimilios Lallas
Dr Aimilios Lallas


Dermatologist-Venereologist, Aristotle University, Greece

Dr Luc Thomas
Dr Luc Thomas


Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France

Dr Elvira Moscarela
Dr Elvira Moscaarella


Dermatologist, S.Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy

A/Prof John Pyne
A/Prof John Pyne


Associate Professor of Skin Cancer Medicine at the University of New South Wales

Dr Philipp Tschandl
Dr Philipp Tschandl


Dermatology Resident at Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Dr Zoe Apalla
Dr Zoe Apalla


Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr Teresa Troiani
Dr Teresa Troiani


Second University of Naples, Italy

Important Dates

Trimester 3 | 2017

Application deadline: 1 Sep 2017

Course starts: 4 Sep 2017

Exams open: 14 Dec 2017

Course ends: 29 Dec 2017


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




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

This final stage of the Professional Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine is designed as a fully online course that uses Moodle as the learning management system. There are eight units in a HealthCert diploma program. The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of teaching followed by 3 weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.

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.
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair.
  • Document with photographs 25 related cases including application of the knowledge
  • 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 all requirements at your convenience within six to nine months of the completion of the 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). 
  • 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 a University of Manchester in the UK towards a Master degree.
  • Qualifies for a Clinical Attachment in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for a Clinical Attachment in Austria at the University of Vienna.


Membership of the Skin Cancer Institute is recommended and doctors may apply for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.

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.

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 medicine 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.

International Postgraduate Pathway: Master of Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine

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 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