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Professional Certificate of General Dermatology

Speciality Classification
Max 120 hours
Start anytime online and enjoy the flexibility to study at your own pace. COURSE OVERVIEW

Presented by noted dermatologists, this comprehensive course teaches how to manage common skin, hair and nail conditions in primary care. You will learn about modes of presentation, relevant investigations and management of all of the common skin conditions from acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis through to drug rashes, hair loss and common cosmetic complaints. 

The course is delivered online in eight modules which can be viewed and replayed at any time. Participants will receive valuable 12 months web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning.

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


The certificate course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.

The theory sessions cover:

  • Common benign lesions
  • Pigmentary conditions
  • Skin infections
  • Facial rashes
  • Systemic diseases
  • Fungal skin infections
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen planus
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Acne
  • Dermatopathology
  • Pruritus
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Nail diseases
  • Hair loss
  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Follicular disorders
  • Blistering disorders

Course participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts
  • Participate in discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field.
  • All presentation slides available for download.
  • Participate in course webinar prior to the examinations and ask questions
  • 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
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Have the opportunity to participate in optional clinical attachments at dedicated dermatology clinics 

Module 1:  Common benign lesions, pigmentary conditions and skin infections – Dr Christopher Ross

You will learn to recognise and manage common benign lesions including epidermal, melanocytic, vascular, soft tissue/neural, cysts, chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis, and sebaceous hyperplasia. The second section of this module teaches about pigmentary conditions including different forms of pityriasis, hypomelanosis, vitiligo and melasma. The final section of this module covers cutaneous infections where you will learn to recognise and manage infections including staphylococcal and streptococcal, malassizia, corynebaterium, viral warts and scabies.  

Module 2: Facial rashes, systemic diseases and fungal skin infections – Prof Richard Usatine

You will learn to recognise and treat common facial rashes including seborrhea and rosacea. You will learn how to collect cutaneous clues for diagnosis of systemic diseases, recognise skin findings and distinguish between types of neurocutaneous diseases. You will also learn to identify and distinguish cutaneous fungal infections from other diseases, and when to use oral antifungal medications rather than topical preparations.

Module 3: Psoriasis, lichen planus and pityriasis rosea – Prof Richard Usatine

You will learn to describe, diagnose and compare treatment options for psoriasis. The second section of this module teaches different variations of lichen planus and pityriasis rosea, the treatment options for these conditions, and when a biopsy is needed for their diagnosis.  

Module 4: Atopic dermatitis and acne – A/Prof Caterina Longo

You will learn to diagnose eczema and atopic dermatitis, and learn the pathogenesis and complications of these conditions. In the second section of this module, you will learn how to diagnose acne and understand its causes and latest treatments.

Module 5: Dermatopathology, pruritus and contact dermatitis – Dr Christopher Ross

You will learn the role of dermatopathology as a diagnostic tool. You will understand that pruritus often arises from a primary cutaneous disorder or underlying systemic disease and you will learn more about treatments for pruritus. You will also learn about the causes and manifestations of contact dermatisis and the management of these conditions.

Module 6: Nail diseases and hair loss – Dr Zoe Apalla

You will learn about predisposing factors contributing to onychomycosis and nail dystrophies. You will learn about the classification of alopecia, differential diagnoses, and factors affecting hair growth phases.  

Module 7: Paediatric dermatology, follicular disorders and blistering disorders – Dr Jonathan Karnes

In the first section of this module, you will learn more about paediatric dermatology conditions including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and melanocytic naevi. In the second section of this module, you will learn about superficial folliculitis, keratin disorders and deep folliculitis. In the final section of this module, you will learn to recognise vesicobullous diseases that cause vesicles and bullae eruptions on the skin and mucosal surfaces and the underlying causes of these rare disorders.

Module 8: General dermatology cases - Dr Christopher Ross

You will review various dermatology cases, recognise the causal factors and learn how to diagnose and manage various dermatological conditions.


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.


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

Prof Richard P. Usatine


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

Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA

A/Prof Caterina Longo


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

Dr Christopher M Ross

BSc(BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD

Dr Jonathan B. Karnes


Dr Zoe Apalla


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


This is 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 webinars offer the opportunity to join 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 six months of 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 three 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 prior to examinations. You will also receive valuable 12 months web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning. Upon course completion, HealthCert graduates may join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).

The course includes: 

  • Digital 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 months' 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 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.

Online assessment

  • 88 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
    • 11 per module
      Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct?  Yes/No
  • 88 authentic scenario based questions based on cases of patient care at a clinic
    • 11 per module
      Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do?  Multiple choice images based on patient cases.

The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark 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 the assessment at your convenience within six months of the start of a cohort.


Upon successful completion of the course requirements, course participants will receive the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology certificate and below points.

RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 Points

ACRRM - PDP units: 36 Educational activity, 16 Performance review

This professional certificate:

  • 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 quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Qualifies for certified clinical attachments in General Dermatology in Austria at the University of Vienna.
  • Provides credit for Postgraduate Diploma in General Dermatology which is studied online at the Rila Institute of Health Sciences which in turn provides credit for a Master of Science in Dermatology awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
  • Has been independently developed with subject specialists and does not receive education grants from any pharmaceutical company.



Professional Certificate of General Dermatology
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Community and Primary Health Care, Dermatology, Skin cancer detection/mole scan/total skin check
Provider Type
Non Profit Organisation
Max 120 hours
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Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
The Professional Certificate of General Dermatology is tailored for medical professionals seeking comprehensive knowledge on the diagnosis of various dermatological conditions in the early presentation stage. Participants will learn how to choose appropriate treatments for skin, hair and nail problems that commonly present in the primary care setting, with integrable knowledge that is immediately applicable in general practice. The course is suitable for medical doctors and the nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision, other degree-qualified health professionals with an interest in skin, as well as for International Medical Graduates. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 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.

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.
Price: $1,795.00
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