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Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy

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The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy has been designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who wish to acquire near-expert level in the use of dermoscopy. The course will provide the participants with a range of knowledge in the management of screening children, young adults and older patients, lesions in different skin types, different types of lesions, and patients with multiple moles. 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 final 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.


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

  • Screening children
  • Screening young adults
  • Screening older patients
  • Lesions in different skin types
  • Flat/nodular and pigmented/non-pigmented lesions
  • Patients with multiple moles
  • Use of Dermoscopy for NMSC
  • Rules not to miss a 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
  • Receive unlimited and ongoing access to free alumni learning resources, video lectures, and discussion forums, as well as invite-only events and special offers after completion of the course

Module 1: Screening children - Dr Elvira Moscarella

In this module, you will learn to recognise the characteristic patterns of presentation of melanocytic lesions in children. You will learn to identify dermatoscopic clues to diagnose problematic lesions and the common evolution patterns of benign melanocytic lesions in children.

Module 2: Screening young adults - Dr Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn the main diagnostic strategies that should be applied when screening individuals after puberty and until 50 years of age. These strategies are particularly useful when evaluating morphologically dubious lesions and they are based on characteristics of the lesion(s) and the overall context of each individual.

Module 3: Screening older patients - A/Prof Caterina Longo

In the current module, you will learn how to manage elderly patients with pigmented and nonpigmented skin lesions including melanocytic and non-melanocytic neoplasms. Specific dermoscopic diagnostic clues will be highlighted in order to catch early melanomas while recognising the myriads of benign lesions.

Module 4: Lesions in Different Skin Types - A/Prof Iris Zalaudek

In this module, you will learn how skin type influences the dermoscopic aspects of melanocytic and non-melanocytic skin tumours. Moreover, this module aims to provide clues for risk assessment of skin cancer and the frequency of different types of skin lesions in relation to differently sun-exposed areas. 

Module 5: Flat/nodular and pigmented/non-pigmented lesions - Dr Elvira Moscarella

In this module, you will learn to the main dermoscopic clues to differentiate pigmented and non-pigmented variants of melanocytic and epithelial skin cancer. You will learn to identify common and uncommon dermatoscopic clues to diagnose nodular skin tumours.

Module 6: Patients with multiple moles - Prof Harald Kittler

In this module, you will learn to manage patients with multiple moles. You will get familiar with the benefit and risks of sequential imaging with digital dermatoscopy and you will be able to identify clues to differentiate between growing nevi and melanoma.

Module 7: Dermoscopy for the management of NMSC - Dr Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn how dermoscopy can be useful in the management of basal and squamous cell carcinoma. In addition to its unquestionable diagnostic value, dermoscopy provides valuable information that might significantly enhance the choice of the optimal treatment and the more accurate monitoring of treatment response.

Module 8: Rules not to miss melanoma - Dr Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn important management rules that minimise the possibility of missing melanoma. These rules are not based only on dermoscopic morphology, but on a more general approach, integrating information from clinical and dermoscopic examination, patient's history and overall clinical context. 



From $1,795



Single course


Two-Course Bundle*


Three-Course Bundle*


*Special rates for upfront registrations for multiple courses within the same pathway.


Single course 

$640 x 3 

Two-Course Bundle

$605 x 6

Three-Course Bundle

$645 x 8 

 Defer your payments over several months.

GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training receive a HealthCert Scholarship and save up to $350 on online certificate courses and up to $500 on certificate courses that include a practical workshop. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Early Bird special.


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.

Prof Harald Kittler


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

A/Prof Caterina Longo


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

A/Prof Iris Zalaudek


Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy

Dr Aimilios Lallas


Dermatologist-Venereologist, First Department Of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Greece

Dr Elvira Moscarella


Dermatologist, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy


This final stage of the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy is designed as a fully online course. We offer a ‘start anytime online’ course structure, which gives flexible start and completion times for studies, as well as exam extensions, to fit in with busy schedules. Participants can enjoy the flexibility to study at their own pace, in their own time, within their home or office, and on their favourite mobile device. The modules are set up in such a way that participants are not required to be online at specific times but can view and replay the video lectures at their convenience. The two webinars scheduled half way through the course and prior to the exam period, offer the opportunity to join, ask questions and interact with the presenters online in real-time but can also be viewed later. There are no face-to-face requirements for exams which can be conveniently completed online within 12 months from the start of a cohort. With no travel, accommodation or out-of-office expenses incurred, participants can build critical skills and tailor their career while working in a busy practice or raising a family.

There are eight units in a HealthCert professional diploma program. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by the opening of the final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions.

A clinical audit is a feature of this professional diploma. The audit will guide you to reflect on your patient management prior to and after increasing your knowledge and clinical management of patients with suspicious skin lesions. You will need to submit your own patient cases with images as part of the audit. The clinical audit is separately accredited.

The course includes:

  • All presentation slides available for download.
  • 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.
  • Web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.

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.
  • Complete a clinical audit (separately accredited) to demonstrate application of learning.

Online assessment

  • 120 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
  • 120 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
    • Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do?  Multiple choice images based on patient cases.

The pass mark for each exam is 80 per cent. 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 all requirements at your convenience within 12 months from the start of a cohort.


Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy certificate and below points. RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points


      - PDP units: 39 Educational activity, 16 Performance review
     - MOPs points: 16

This certificate course:

  • Provides CPD points from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
  • Provides PDP points from the Australian Council of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
  • Is recognised by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP).
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses
    endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Dubai. The number of CPD points must be stated on the certificate. Please contact PLD(at)dhcr.gov.ae for more information.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in the UK. CPD events overseas, applicable to a doctor’s scope of practice, may be submitted for revalidation. Please confirm with your Responsible Officer.
  • Is a self-submitted activity in Canada through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Category 1 points are reported as certified and Category 2 points are reported as non-certified. Contact mainprocredits(at)cfpc.ca for more information.
  • Meets World Federation of Medical Education standards.
  • Is recognised by the Skin Cancer Institute and may be used as part of an application for Membership or Fellowship.
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and reviewed by, Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Italy, and a prolific author of scientific articles.
  • Is recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented. 
  • Gives graduates a significant financial credit towards the Master of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventitive Dermato-Oncology program at the Medical University of Graz.
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.
Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Skin cancer detection/mole scan/total skin check, Skin Cancer and the MBS
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Non Profit Organisation
MAX 120 hours
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Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy has been designed to meet the needs of medical professionals who wish to acquire near-expert level skills in the use of dermoscopy. Participants will see a new dimension to their clinical practice as they are equipped with the knowledge to handle a broad spectrum of age groups, skin types and lesion types, enabling them to assess skin lesions with the utmost confidence. The course is suitable for medical doctors and degree-qualified nurses who work under their supervision, as well as for International Medical Graduates. Participants must have successfully completed the HealthCert Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy course (or a qualification deemed equivalent) and HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 50 cases of dermoscopy prior to enrolment. Equivalent alternatives include: practical experience, other qualifications or successful completion of the Advanced Certificate examination. Participants do not have to pass an IELTS test but, as the courses are delivered in English, proficiency in listening, reading and writing English is assumed.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to credit(at)healthcert.com 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 Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within two to three weeks.

Graduates of the University of Queensland Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy and Histopathology who also successfully complete the examinations for the Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy are eligible to enrol directly in the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.

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.
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