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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 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. 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 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. 


The Professional Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of skills and knowledge.

  • Three-point checklist and the elephant method
  • The chaos and clues method
  • Benign non-melanocytic lesions
  • Malignant non-melanocytic lesions
  • Melanocytic nevi
  • Melanoma
  • Facial lesions
  • Acral lesions

Course participants will:

  • Utilize Interactive Atlas international dermoscopy program
  • Utilize 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

Module 1: The 3 Point Checklist and the Elephant Approach - 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: 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.   

Module 7: 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 8: 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. 


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

A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl

A/Prof Cliff Rosendahl


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

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 Harald Kittler

Prof Harald Kittler


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

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

A/Prof Ashfaq A Marghoob

A/Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob


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

Prof Masuru Tanaka

Prof Masaru Tanaka


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



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